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  • Apple Releases SMC Update for its Notebook Computers


    Apple has issued owners of MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and basic MacBooks with an SMC update Wednesday evening to address a potentially critical failure of Apple's notebooks reaching 1000 battery charge cycles.

    According to the update information, the problem is pretty rare and would cause the notebook computers to “unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning” after reaching 1000 battery charge cycles. Even if you've never experienced the problem, it's recommended that you install the update to prevent the problem from ever affecting you in the future.

    To install the update, you will need to have at least 25% of your battery left, or be connected to a power source:



    The update also warns that when it’s installing the update your computer screen will turn gray and the fans will spin at a very high speed. You shouldn't disturb the computer during this process. Afterwards, your computer will reboot and allow you to log in and continue where you left off. You should save anything you were working on prior to updating.

    You can go to the  menu and click on “Software Update” to bring up the update, or you can download them manually from Apple's Web site.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Releases SMC Update for its Notebook Computers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. DistortedHope's Avatar
      DistortedHope -
      Sounds like a bios/uefi update to me. Make sure you aren't doing anything else while this is updating and that there are no other programs running. Trust me you don't wanna mess it up, it happened to my last computer and I had to get a new one altogether.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Uh oh. I'm on my 999th cycle with 24% battery and lost my power cord!
      What do I do?
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Uh oh. I'm on my 999th cycle with 24% battery and lost my power cord!
      What do I do?
      Take the battery out and put your tongue on it. It'll give you that 1% you'll need.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      1000 battery cycle? My MBP is over 6 years old and I'm only at 606 cycles. Is it really that common for people to hit 1000 cycles?
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Take the battery out and put your tongue on it. It'll give you that 1% you'll need.
      Would a potato work in place of the battery? I'm really worried
    1. x_IMMORTAL_x's Avatar
      x_IMMORTAL_x -
      How the hel can you tell how many charging cycles you've had?
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Quote Originally Posted by x_IMMORTAL_x View Post
      How the hel can you tell how many charging cycles you've had?
      There are apps you can download that tell you.
    1. lukeyb's Avatar
      lukeyb -
      Quote Originally Posted by x_IMMORTAL_x View Post
      How the hel can you tell how many charging cycles you've had?
      istat pro

      Must be for either Mountain Lion or the latest Macs cos my late 2011 MBP 15" running Lion (hated Mountain Lion) doesn't have an update available.
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      What is SMC?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by x_IMMORTAL_x View Post
      How the hel can you tell how many charging cycles you've had?
      http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1519

      Quote Originally Posted by truenorth View Post
      What is SMC?
      http://www.ehow.com/facts_6178292_mac-smc-update_.html