Last night a firmware update rolled out for the Surface Pro 3. This device hasn’t seen a firmware update in about 3 months, and since then, customer complaints have mounted about battery failure in devices that have a SIMPLO battery installed.
Catch up on that situation here: Surface Pro 3 Battery-gate: Piecing it Together
The emergence of a new firmware update brought initial hope that Microsoft had finally heard the rising voices and delivered something that would solve the problem. Some felt that a driver was at fault and Microsoft could fix it simply though an update. However, according to the Surface Pro 3 history page (just updated), this update doesn’t address the SIMPLO problem, which may lead further to believe that battery-gate is indeed a hardware problem that can’t be fixed with software.
Here’s what Microsoft says was in yesterday’s Surface Pro 3 update:
System Firmware Update – 7/21/2016
- Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware - v3.9.850.0 increases battery life during sleep mode and improves keyboard stability.
- Surface Pro UEFI - v3.11.1450.0 improves system sleep and hibernation behavior when battery level is low.
- Surface Fingerprint Sensor - v220.127.116.11 increases finger print touch stability coming out of sleep.
- Surface Pen Settings - v11.0.311.0 enhances pen setting driver stability.
- Realtek High Definition Audio driver - v18.104.22.16842 improves the audio quality for the JAWS screen reader.