Apple has released updated audio drivers to fix a major issue causing blown out speakers on new MacBook Pro models running Windows 10 with Boot Camp.
Earlier this month, a number of users began noticing crackling or distorted sound coming from the left, right, or both speakers on the new MacBook Pro, oftentimes shortly after installing and running Windows 10 with Boot Camp. These issues persist even when affected users boot back into macOS Sierra.
MacRumors reader tianhuailiu — edited slightly for clarity:
“I used Boot Camp to install Windows and the right speaker started producing crackling sounds. It sounds like something broke inside the speaker. Every time I log in on Windows and try doing something with the speaker driver, either the left or right speaker produce a crackling sound. I have to return the MacBook Pro right now. Right now both my speakers crash both in macOS Sierra and in Windows, and they can only produce half of the original volume.
The damage to the speakers appears to be permanent once it occurs, requiring users to contact Apple to exchange their new MacBook Pro for a replacement unit. Unfortunately, due to limited stock, some of these users are now faced with waiting several weeks for their MacBook Pros to be swapped out.
The new Boot Camp audio drivers are available through Apple Software Update on the Windows side for both 13-inch and 15-inch models, although the issue appears to primarily affect the larger of the two. The new drivers, of course, are of no help to users who have already blown out their speakers.
While new drivers are available, late 2016 MacBook Pro users should exercise caution when running Windows 10 with Boot Camp due to the severe nature of the problem. As a temporary workaround, some users have plugged in headphones during the booting process until installing the updated drivers.
After installing the updated drivers, some MacBook Pro users appear to be experiencing issues with low volume on both Windows 10 and macOS Sierra, but the underlying problem remains unclear. Affected users should contact Apple or schedule a Genius Bar appointment for further support.
The issue does not affect older MacBook Pro models or Windows virtualization software such as VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac.
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Tags: Windows 10, Boot Camp
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Yes, it’s the start of hump day, but you may have missed Google revealing unpatched Windows 10 bugs, the truth of the dark web and (in cheerier news) our beautiful Engadget Holiday Gift Guide. We also take a closer look at Xiaomi’s plan to become more than just the king of budget smartphones.
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Xbox One Preview members will get their hands on a couple of brand new features making their way to the console today.
Both Clubs and Looking for Group features are being rolled out to Preview members on Xbox One today and then the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS and Android devices in the near future. Both features’ existence were confirmed during E3 2016, but now there’s a chance to actually try them out now that they’ll be in the wild.
Clubs are exactly what they sound like: Groups created and managed by players meant to foster a sense of community among anyone getting together to play a certain game. Anyone can create or join different Clubs, and you can create one for nearly anything, such as a group for your inner circle of friends to best each other at Halo or something of that nature.
Club members can coordinate parties, play games, communicate via voice and text chat and share content across the Club together. All Clubs for a specific game will be grouped together in the Game Hub. If you’ve got a unique name in the hopper for one you want to put together, you’ll want to go ahead and grab it if you’re in the Preview because there can only be one with the same name.
Similarly, Looking for Group will assist you in finding someone to play with. You can create your own LFG post with requirements such as the game you need help with, how many people you require, rules, and other types of prerequisites you want to set to make the experience as pleasant as possible. You can browse other LFG requests to see if there’s anyone you want to join in and assist as well.
In addition to Clubs and Looking for Group becoming available today, the Gamerscore Leaderboard for Xbox One and Windows 10 app has been improved to display results for a 30-day rolling period. Plus, emojis are coming to the Xbox One’s virtual keyboard. When communicating with Clubs or others in Groups, you can utilize various emojis with a special keyboard of them.
More details on the online tournament Arena will be coming soon, but for now these updates should tide Xbox One owners over with new social options. Now get out there and make some Clubs for us to join.
VMware today announced Fusion 8.5, Fusion Pro 8.5, Workstation Player 12.5 and Workstation Pro 12.5, the latest versions of its visualization software for running Windows on a Mac without using Boot Camp. Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 come with macOS Sierra support while both Fusion and Workstation suites come with Windows 10 Anniversary support.
Windows 10 Anniversary is a large upgrade to Microsoft’s operating system, making Cortana smarter, allowing interactions with Android and Windows phones, more desktop apps and games in the Windows Store, a dark theme, Windows Edge extensions, click-to-play Flash and more.
Both Fusion 8.5 and Workstation 12.5 include Windows 10 Anniversary support and Windows 10 server support in addition to various bug fixes and performance improvements. The Fusion suite’s Sierra support includes Siri integration and support for tabbed VM windows.
VMware also announced that it’s giving away 20 Oculus Rift headsets to the general public. Entrants must tweet (using #FusionLove) a short video of themselves telling a story of how Fusion has helped them accomplished something. Meanwhile, registered attendees of VMworld 2016 will receive 18-months of Fusion or Workstation.
Current VMware Fusion 8.0 and Workstation 12.0 users can receive the 8.5 and 12.5 upgrades for free. However, users of pre-8.0 versions of Fusion and Fusion Pro can upgrade for $49 and $119 respectively, while users of pre-12.0 versions of Workstation Player and Workstation Pro can upgrade for $79 and $149 respectively. Upgrade pricing eligibility extends back to users of Fusion 4 and Workstation 7.
Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 are priced at $79.99 and $119.99 for new users while Workstation Player and Workstation Pro 12.5 have new-user prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively. Both Fusion and Workstation can be purchased at VMWare’s online store.
Related Roundup: macOS Sierra
Tags: Windows 10, Cortana, VMware, Fusion, Fusion Pro, Workstation
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Parallels today announced Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac with support for macOS Sierra and the addition of several new features. The company also announced a new standalone app called Parallel Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren’t necessarily tied to visualization.
New features in Desktop 12 include having Windows 10 “always on” in the background, the ability to instantly launch Windows apps, the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.
Version 12 also includes 90 percent faster snapshot creation, 60 percent faster suspension of VMs, 25 percent faster shared folder performance, 25 percent faster compilation of Visual Studio projects, and up to 10 percent in battery life improvements for “certain environments.”
The company is also touting a new standalone app called Parallel Toolbox. The Toolbox places a drop-down menu in the Mac’s menu bar, allowing users to do certain tasks quicker. Tasks include the ability to record the screen, take screenshots, record audio, archive files, convert video and download video, lock the screen and more.
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is $79.99, while Desktop 10 or 11 users may upgrade for $49.99. The Business and Pro Editions are also available with a subscription fee of $99.99 per year, although Parallels 10 and 11 users with perpetual licenses can upgrade for $49.99 per year. Parallels Toolbox can be purchased for $10 per year or will be included with your Parallels Desktop 12 license.
Parallels 10 and 11 users can upgrade now at the company’s website. New users can purchase Parallels 12 starting on August 23. Parallels Toolbox also launches August 23.
Related Roundup: macOS Sierra
Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Parallels 12
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Following on from last fall’s update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which saw the introduction of basic redstone components, Microsoft today announced that the game’s next update will deliver even more advanced mechanisms as well as new enemies and achievements. Players will also be able to more easily share their favorite worlds with a new map import/export function.
The Overworld update, scheduled to drop at the end of February, will include a host of new components including, “comparators, repeaters, dispensers, droppers, hoppers, trapped chests and various additional Minecart types” according to an Xbox Wire post. The update will also bring witches to the two platforms as well as their cauldrons which not only contain randomly generated potions but which can also be used to dye your armor. What’s more, players will be able to show off their most prized possessions — whether it’s loot or a fully-explored map — thanks to the addition of Item Frames.
And for those looking for even more gamer glory, the Windows 10 Edition now offers eight additional achievements for completing various in-game tasks. The Windows 10 version is only available from the Windows Store, though you can pick up the Pocket Edition for iOS, Android, Kindle or Windows Phone from their prospective stores.
Source: Xbox Wire
Besides unveiling the Redmi Note 3 that sports a massive 4,000mAh battery, Xiaomi also took the wraps off its latest tablet, the Mi Pad 2, powered by a quad-core Intel processor and sporting an all-metal body. Much in the same vein as the Redmi Note 3, the Mi Pad 2 offers a high-spec experience for an affordable price, with the 16GB variant running MIUI 7, and a 64GB version that will be available running either MIUI 7 or Windows 10.
While the Mi Pad 2 looks quite similar to its predecessor, Xiaomi says that it is both 18% slimmer (6.95mm) and 36g lighter than the original Mi Pad. Let’s taker a closer look at the specifications:
- MIUI 7 (or Windows 10 for a 64GB variant)
- 7.9-Inch IPS display with 2048 x 1536 resolution and 326ppi (4:3 aspect ratio)
- Intel X5-Z8500 quad-core processor @ 2.24GHz (64-bit)
- Intel HD graphics
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16GB/64GB Internal storage
- 8MP Rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and flash
- 5MP Front camera
- Battery: 6,190mAh
- USB Type-C
- Dimensions: 200 x 133 x 6.95mm
- Weight: 322 grams
- Available in Champagne Gold and Dark Gray
With the 16GB Mi Pad 2 going for just 999 Yuan ($156), that’s an awful lot of tablet for a measly price. The 64GB version is possibly more interesting, though, running either MIUI 7 or Windows 10 for just 1,299 Yuan ($203).
While Xiaomi says it’s a case of either or regarding running MIUI 7 and Windows 10 on the 64GB version, it’s always possible that those boffins over at the XDA forums will figure out a way to dual boot both operating systems on the same device.
The Mi Pad will become available in China later this month while the Windows 10 64GB variant should launch sometime in December. As always with Xiaomi devices, availability outside of China is not a given, so it’s quite likely that you will have to resort to importing a unit in order to get your hands on one. What do you make of Xiaomi’s Mi pad 2?
Come comment on this article: Xiaomi announces the Mi Pad 2 tablet in China with an Intel Atom processor and all-metal body