Apple's 27-Inch iMac Displays Get Firmware Fix
Apple posts a new firmware update for its 27-inch iMacs still suffering from flickering displays. While the Intel-running powerhouses have been enormously successful, they also shipped with a surprising number of issues.Apple has issued yet another firmware update for customers whose new 27-inch iMacs are still suffering from flickering displays.
Posted on Feb. 1, the update is intended for 27-inch iMacs that shipped in late 2009 and are running Mac OS X 10.6.2.
On Dec. 21, Apple released an update for the graphics firmware on ATI Radeon HD 4670 and 4850 graphics cards, also in response to flickering displays.
Apple introduced the 27-inch iMacs on Oct. 20, and the orders poured in. However, Apple was slow to ship the desktops-with an Apple spokesperson uncharacteristically telling a CNET reporter on Dec. 13, "The new iMac has been a huge hit and we are working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience or delay this may cause our customers."
This newest firmware update-which Apple instructs should be installed while the iMac is powered on-will hopefully address the first of those issues for good.
On Jan. 25 Apple announced the results of its fiscal first quarter of 2010, which included a quarterly profit of $3.38 billion and sales of 3.36 million Macintosh computers-which was 33 percent more than it sold a year ago.