updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue April 4, 2006
MacBook Pro issues solved?
Apple has been queitly making improvements to its popular MacBook Pro line, following reports of several different issues. While not acknowledging any of the problems publicly, the company has made at least three or four revisions to its MacBook Pro in an effort to address some of the oustanding quality issues, including issues with AirPort reconnections and signal strength, LCD flickering, and heat. Daily Tech says that the aforementioned problems "do in fact exist, and are not just isolated issues." The report, which claims to have confirmed with Apple sources many of problems, says that Apple has been quietly updating the motherboard in its MacBook Pro line, calling those with serial numbers that start with 'W8611' revision D, while those with 'W8610' revision C; however, MacNN has learned that while Apple may have updated the laptop logic boards, the serial numbers are simply based on production week, rather than differing logic boards. [updated]
The serial numbers are based on year and week produced. Thus '10' reflects the 10th week of production, rather than a newer revision. The newer MacBooks, however, appear to solve many of the problems that have shown up in early production models.
"Apple said that revision D MacBook Pros have many issues addressed and improvements made, including fixes to the above mentioned issues. We were also able to get a hold of a MacBook Pro that just arrived during the week with a serial number starting with W8612, which did not exhibit any of the above issues."
Other users have also complained about a whining noise when the screen brightness is adjusted, which the report said is "fixed by launching a widget or by using PhotoBooth -- oddly enough this solves the problem until the next reboot."
It is unclear whether Apple is offering to replace or update MacBooks Pros that exhibit the aforementioned issues, but it is important to note that all early models do not exhibit some or all of the problems.
Apple is offering new MacBook Pros with 24-hour delivery time from the Apple Store as well as a slew of refurbished MacBook Pros. Other internet retailers such as Amazon also have stock of the new Intel-based laptops, with Amazon currently offering a $150 rebate.
Update: The story has been updated to reflect that serial number scheme was not based on revisions themselves, but on the production week of the unit. There, however, still may be underlying revisions to the logic board that are simply not reflected in the serial number, but as production evolves.