2011 MacBook Pro firmware getting bumped to 1.4 with update

Owners of Apple's 2011 versions of its MacBook Pros laptops now have a new update to download that should fix a number of issues that its owners have been dealing with. Engadget is reporting  that the 1.4 firmware for the MacBook Pro has been released for its users.

The 132 MB update, which can be downloaded from Apple's web site or via its automatic updater, is designed to "improve graphics stability" for the high end Apple laptops. It is also supposed to fix issues with 3D performance for the new MacBook Pro which launched a few months ago. Other improvements in the firmware update include fixing issues that some MacBook Pro users have had with connecting the laptop to Apple's Cinema Displays via the Thunderbolt port. The update also improves overall Thunderbolt device support which was first introduced in the new MacBook Pros when they launched back on February 24. Designed as a successor to ports like USB, FireWire and DisplayPort, the Thunderbolt port is supposed to relay both data and video at speeds of up to 10 Gbps. It's also backwards compatible with DisplayPort connections.

There's also a separate update for the MacBook Pro that is now available to download that is supposed to fix yet another odd software bug. The MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update is a small 3 MB download that fixes an issue with Intel's Turbo Boost feature being disabled in the laptops. As it turns out the fix is related, for currently unknown reasons, to Apple's Boot Camp software.

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