Hack enables system-wide display mirroring on iPad 1

For those of you who though that the first-generation iPad only supported video output in enabled third-party apps and built-in programs such as the Photos app, here is some good news, a system-wide hack has surfaced that lets the original iPad mirror whatever is displayed on its display, like iPad 2, regardless of whether the app supports this feature through system APIs or not.

It does however require a jailbroken iPad 1 and Apple’s Digital AV Adapter or VGA adapter to hook up the device to a big screen TV or a projector using HDMI or VGA connection. The hack involves changing a setting in the property list file of the Springboard app. That’s all there is to it, really.

This could be a reason alone to jailbreak the original iPad using the latest untethered iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak.

With display mirroring, you can browser the web and chat in the comfort of your living room, play games on your big screen TV, check your email and so forth. Or how about watching movies without the need for an AirPlay-enabled Apple TV. It should also come in handy for those business presentations and content creation apps. The full tutorial can be found over at the Nature Eye’s Studios blog.

2011 MacBook Pro freezes under heavy load!!!

The new MacBook Pro seems to have a lot of smaller issues, so far many owners of 15-inch and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that their notebooks are freezing up entirely under extensive load.

At first it was rumored to be single episodes, however one user reported on the Apple forum that he was able to reproduce it on every MBP at his local Apple Store.

Apparently, owners of 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that under heavy load, their notebooks will freeze, even as sound continues. The cursor will still be movable, but the computer is completely unresponsive, and the only way to solve the problem is a hard reboot.

A rather lengthy thread, more than 41 pages, on Apple’s discussion forum describe brief blackouts and flickering when hooking up  a 2011 MacBook Pro to a 24-inch Cinema Display via the new Thunderbolt port, which is backwards compatible with DisplayPort. The fact the built-in display isn’t affected might suggest a problem with the Thunderbolt port, although it’s most likely software-related.

Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged these persistent glitches. They are reportedly aware of these problems, some users wrote, and are investigating them.

New MacBook Pros Causing Flickering in 24-Inch Cinema Displays?

Electronista over the weekend notedgrowing thread in the Apple Discussions forum regarding flickering issues being experienced by users of the new MacBook Pro paired with a 24-inch LED Cinema Display.

Users have already tried some of the more common tricks, such as resetting the SMC, but haven’t had any initial success. It also applies whether or not the AMD or Intel graphics are being used.

The Apple Discussions thread has continued to grow in the days following the original report, with at least one user reporting experiencing the issue with a 17-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple support staff are reportedly investigating the issue, having swapped out one user’s affected machine specifically to examine a unit known to be experiencing problems.Well, it appears Apple is aware of the issue. An Apple Discussions Host called me a few days ago after seeing one of my recent posts. He offered to swap my MacBook Pro for a new one so Apple Engineers can get their hands on a known bad unit. I shipped it off last night and anxiously await my replacement.

Apple officially discontinued the 24-inch LED Cinema Display last July.

Apple discontinues Cinema Display 24-inch and 30-inch.

Yesterday Apple introduced the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display which we think is an amazing upgrade to their product line-up, however today we found out that the beauty came with a price tag, Apple has decided to discontinue the 24- and 30-inch displays.

Honestly we were a little disappointed in this news since we find the 30-incher to be an amazing display, with a perfect size for those serious about photo and movie editing. The bright point in all of this is that according to Apple vice president of hardware marketing, David Moody, if you want Apple’s biggest display, you still have an opportunity to buy it: Apple will continue to sell the 24- and 30-inch Cinema Displays until their stock runs out.