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Hardware Monitor Remote Version History

Release 5.6 (Build 190617)

The application was repackaged to remain compatible with future versions of Apple Gatekeeper.

Release 5.55 (Build 180411)

Added new user interface to the product activation feature in order to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (EU Regulation 2016/679).

Release 5.54 (Build 170907)

  • Added an assistance mode for product registration.
  • Corrected a problem where the application did not automatically activate a license when double-clicking a registration ticket file in the Finder.

Release 5.5 (Build 170316)

  • Support for remote monitoring was completely rewritten to enhance compatibility with up-to-date operating system versions.
  • Remote monitoring of long-term history values is no longer possible because data transfer in real time wouldn’t be reliable enough for the number of sensors available in modern Macintosh systems.
  • IPv6 is now additionally supported.
  • For better privacy, serial numbers of monitored systems are no longer advertised via Bonjour.
  • For better privacy, service advertisement via Bonjour can be disabled.
  • Client systems must run Hardware Monitor 5.5 or later to be compatible with this software.

Release 5.4 (Build 161128)

  • Added support for the MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3).
  • Added support for the MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3).
  • Added support for the MacBook Pro 15-inch (Late 2016).
  • Several changes in the user interface to achieve full compatibility with macOS Sierra.

Release 5.31 (Build 160518)

This update is not necessary for existing customers.

Added new registration features for licensing with immediate gratification and volume licensing.

Release 5.3 (Build 160511)

  • Added support for the MacBook (Early 2016).
  • Added support for battery modules not fully compliant with the Smart Battery Data Specification.
  • Added support for new features of the Apple System Management Controller.
  • Web communication during software update checks is now fully compliant with Apple’s new App Transport Security guidelines.

Release 5.2 (Build 160122)

  • The application was further optimized to ensure that remote clients can monitor and present all aspects of new hardware models, even if they run an older operating system which is not aware of features of the new hardware yet.
  • Corrected an issue which could cause technical problems with the storage of long-term history data.

Release 5.1 (Build 160114)

  • Added support for the iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2015).
  • Added support for the iMac Retina 4K 21.5-inch (Late 2015).
  • Added support for the iMac Retina 5K 27-inch (Late 2015).
  • Corrected a problem where the remote monitoring service could not be browsed by clients because it was not advertised via Bonjour.

Release 5.0 (Build 151125)

  • The application is now fully based on 64-bit technology. Hardware Monitor clients must use at least version 5.0 to communicate with the remote server.
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks is no longer supported.
  • Added support for the iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2013) and iMac 27-inch (Late 2013).
  • Added support for the iMac 21.5-inch (Mid 2014).
  • Added support for the iMac 27-inch Retina 5K (Late 2014).
  • Added support for the iMac 27-inch Retina 5K (Mid 2015).
  • Added support for the MacBook Retina 12-inch (Early 2015).
  • Added support for the MacBook Air 11-inch (Early 2014) and MacBook Air 13-inch (Early 2014).
  • Added support for the MacBook Air 11-inch (Early 2015) and MacBook Air 13-inch (Early 2015).
  • Added support for the MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2013), MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Mid 2014), MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013), and MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch Late (Mid 2014).
  • Added support for the MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015) and MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015).
  • Added support for the Mac mini (Late 2014).
  • Added support for the Mac Pro (Late 2013).

Release 4.99 (Build 150903)

  • Added support for the future operating system OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been removed. The minimum prerequisite for this release is OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • User interface and control application have been revised completely.

Release 4.98 (Build 141219)

Due to changes in European legislation on value added tax, the application had to be re-released with modified pricing information. Current customers don’t need to update.

Release 4.98 (Build 140616)

  • The application has been re-released with several packaging changes in order to maintain full compatibility with future operating system versions.
  • Corrected a problem where the first start of the monitoring service in demo mode might not have succeeded if all preference settings had been left at their default values.
  • Corrected a problem with certain international locale settings where user input of the preferred communication port number was not interpreted correctly.

Release 4.97 Second Edition (Build 130715)

The software has been re-released with a few packaging changes. The program itself did not change.

  • The reference manual has been revised and shows a new design.
  • Integration of the security component has been prepared for future operating systems.

Release 4.97 (Build 130403)

  • Added support for the Mac mini (Late 2012), the Mac mini Server (Late 2012), the MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, the MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Early 2013 Revision), the MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2013 Revision), the iMac 21-inch (Late 2012), and the iMac 27-inch (Late 2012).
  • Enhanced support for certain third-party batteries on mobile computers.
  • Enhanced support for processing sensor readings for sensors indicating offline or error states.

Release 4.96 (Build 120712)

  • Added support for Apple Macintosh systems with third generation Intel Core i processors ("Ivy Bridge").
  • Added support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • The application is no longer compatible with operating system versions prior to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Users of older systems can still download Hardware Monitor Remote 4.95.
  • Automatic migration of preference values and registrations from versions prior to 4.8 (September 2009) is no longer supported. If you are using such an old version, it is recommended to update to version 4.95 and then to 4.96 to automatically keep all your settings.

Important: Due to changes imposed by Apple's “Gatekeeper” feature, the security component of the application works slightly different. If you are using one or more of our following system utilities in addition to Hardware Monitor Remote, you should update them all in parallel in order to avoid mutual conflicts: NFS Manager, Sync Checker, TinkerTool System Release 2. For detailed information, please see the chapter Release Notes in the reference manual.

Release 4.95 (Build 110907)

  • Added support for the iMac (Mid 2011) model series.
  • Added support for the MacBook Air (Mid 2011) model series.
  • Added support for the Mac mini (Mid 2011) model series.
  • Added support for the Mac mini Server (Mid 2011) model series.

Release 4.94 (Build 110314)

  • Added support for the Early 2011 MacBook Pro model series.
  • Added support for monitoring Intel second generation Core i processors (Sandy Bridge).
  • Added support for monitoring Intel Family 6 Model 31 processors.
  • Added support for retrieving the Turbo Boost table of 6-core processors.
  • Corrected a problem where an incorrect date of production was shown for some particular model series built in 2010 and 2011.

Release 4.93 (Build 101216)

  • Added support for the new (Late 2010) MacBook Air computers.
  • Support for the temperature sensors at the locations “Hard Drive Proximity” and “Graphics Processor 1 Analog Sensor” had to be withdrawn, because those sensors don't work as expected with specific portable and iMac computers.
  • Corrected a problem where an incorrect date of production was shown for specific portable computers released in 2010.

Release 4.92 (Build 100908)

  • Added support for new (Mid-2010) iMac computers.
  • Added support for computers with Intel "Westmere class" processors, including the new (Mid-2010) Mac Pro systems.
  • Added support for many additional sensors found in Intel-based Macintosh computers.
  • Resolved a problem where remote monitoring of light sensors was not possible on Intel-based computers.

Note: Version 4.92 introduces a change not fully compatible with network clients running versions prior to 4.92. It is recommended to update all clients to Hardware Monitor 4.92 first before updating Hardware Monitor Remote to 4.92.

Release 4.9 (Build 100419)

  • Added support for the new Intel Mobile Core i7-600, i5-500, i5-400, i3-300 processor series ("Arrandale").
  • Added support for the new MacBook Pro (2010) computers.

Release 4.85 (Build 100208)

  • Added support for the iMac 27".
  • Added a feature to detect defective device drivers on non-Apple systems which might send invalid readings to the application.
  • Corrected a problem where the date of manufacture of specific Apple computers was displayed incorrectly when launching the program after January 1, 2010.

Release 4.8 (Build 090918)

  • Support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther has been removed. The required minimum OS version is now Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
  • Because the application does not need to support Mac OS X 10.3 any longer, controlling the service could be simplified. Manually controlling whether the system should auto-launch the monitor service at startup is no longer necessary. The system will automatically keep the current run state the service had during last shutdown.
  • Alphanumeric LC displays connected via an IO-Warrior chip will no longer be disconnected when the background service was started during a login session and the user logged out.
  • The application no longer displays dialogs to save privileged preference settings when the control window is being closed.
  • Added a feature to monitor the size of swap space memory which is actually in use.
  • On PowerPC hardware, support for S.M.A.R.T. hard drive sensors accessed via SATA interfaces has been enhanced. The application will now accept the temperature sensors of unknown SATA drive models. (This has always been the standard on Intel-based computers.)
  • The support for hard drive sensors controlled via proprietary drivers of Sonnet and FirmTek has been enhanced.
  • When stopping the monitoring service, shutdown of attached alphanumeric LCD boxes has been enhanced.
  • Corrected a problem where the temperature values displayed for the cores of the Intel P7350 processor have been shifted by 15 degrees Celsius.

Release 4.7 (Build 090324)

  • Added full support for the new Mac Pro series (March 2009). This includes support for processors using Intel® Core™ i7 technology and simultaneous multi-threading.
  • Completed support for the new iMac and Mac mini series (March 2009).

Release 4.6 (Build 090126)

  • Added support for the MacBook (Late 2008), MacBook Air (Late 2008) and MacBook Pro 15-inch (Late 2008).
  • Added preliminary support for the future MacBook White (Early 2009) and the future MacBook Pro 17-inch (Early 2009).
  • Added preliminary support for future models of the iMac and the Mac mini based on Nvidia chipset technology, expected to be announced in 2009.
  • Added support for "per-core" Digital Thermal Sensors on specific Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo processors in 45 nm technology. If supported, these sensors replace the synthetic "Core Hot" sensors displayed by version 4.5x of the application.
  • Added support for remote monitoring of Smart Battery data, including battery temperature and cell voltages.
  • Added support for remote monitoring of connected screen displays.
  • Corrected a problem where the remote monitoring service could consume more memory than usual when monitoring characteristics of network interfaces via customized artificial sensors.
  • Corrected a problem where network communication could intermittently fail when several remote clients were monitoring one remote computer simultaneously.
  • Corrected a problem where the remote monitoring service could not be stopped via the control window under specific circumstances.

Release 4.51 (Build 080623)

This is a maintenance update which reacts to recent developments in Mac OS X Leopard and fixes minor problems.

  • The readings of non-working GPU-load sensors provided by some of Apple's graphics drivers for Leopard are now correctly suppressed by the application. Instead of displaying a constant zero value, the sensor will be removed entirely.
  • Support for monitoring the frequency of Intel processors based on 45 nm technology ("Penryn") has been withdrawn. The sensor might not reflect the true performance mode under all operating conditions.

Release 4.5 (Build 080312)

  • Added support for new portable Mac systems with Intel T8000 processors.
  • Added temperature sensor support for the standard PATA hard drive of the MacBook Air.
  • Support for on-core temperature sensors of Intel processors based on 45 nm technology ("Penryn") has been modified: As confirmed by Intel, the core sensors behave no longer linear enough for the display of absolute readings in low temperature ranges. For this reason, support for core temperature sensors in 45 nm technology has been removed in Temperature Monitor. Hardware Monitor will display them as logical sensors showing "Core Hot" status information.
  • Enhanced support for CPU clock frequency monitoring, especially on systems with Xeon 5400 processors and MacBooks running Leopard or running without a battery unit.
  • Added a workaround for a security problem in Mac OS X which affects systems containing a GPU of the ATI Radeon X1000 series. In those systems, the GPU driver can crash, causing the screen content to freeze. Hardware Monitor now tries to avoid situations that could increase the likelihood for this defect to become noticable. NOTE: It is our policy not to discuss security holes in third-party products before giving the vendor (Apple) six months time to fix this problem.
  • Corrected a problem with the display of Intel processor model codes when the model code was greater than 15.

Release 4.4 (Build 080212)

  • Added support for new Macintosh systems equipped with Intel Xeon 5400 processors.
  • Added support for the MacBook Air.
  • Added full support for load sensors of Intel GMA X 3100 and ATI Radeon X 2000 graphics chips.
  • Added support for new features available in Hardware Monitor 4.4 clients.
  • Corrected a problem where the control tool could unexpectantly terminate when the remote monitoring service was started manually on Mac OS X Leopard.

Release 4.3 (Build 071024)

  • Added official support for the iMac models published in August 2007.
  • Removed support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and other operating systems releases prior to version 10.3.8.
  • Added support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Release 4.2 (Build 070619)

  • Added support for the new MacBook Pro series introduced in June 2007.
  • Added support for a variety of internal temperature sensors of new hard drive models. This affects old Macintosh computers not supporting the AHCI standard.
  • Added support for the new artificial sensor types available in Hardware Monitor 4.2.
  • The handling of repaired or refurbished Macintosh systems which don't have a valid serial number has been enhanced.
  • The application now correctly suppresses the monitoring of electrical sensors for NVIDIA 7600 GT MXM cards in the 24-inch iMac. In that special configuration, the power supply of the GPU cannot be monitored.
  • Documentation and error messages displayed by the program now contain detailed security information why the program cannot be started on a volume which is not supporting permissions.

Release 4.1 (Build 070104)

  • Added support for a large number of voltage, current (amperage), power, and light sensors for Intel-based Macintosh systems.
  • Added full support for the new Apple Xserve Quad Xeon.
  • Added support for S.M.A.R.T. temperature sensors in SATA drives connected via an SAS bus.
  • Removed support for the internal Intel CPU sensor monitoring the target value of the core voltage. This is now superseded by the voltage sensors monitoring the actual core voltage supply.
  • Corrected a problem where a memory sensor in portable Core 2 Duo systems was misidentified as being a memory riser-card sensor.
  • Corrected a problem where the internal temperature sensor of Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 drives was no longer seen as functioning sensor.

Release 4.0 (Build 061108)

  • Added support for a large number of new temperature sensors of Intel-based Macintosh systems. This includes thermal diodes monitoring the processors externally, GPU sensors, drive bay sensors and FB-DIMM sensors of the Mac Pro, etc.
  • Added new feature to combine multiple history windows, making it possible to put sensors with different quantities into direct relation with each other. The user can define overlays for any selection of graphs.
  • Readings of sensors which have raised an alarm are now displayed with warning markers in the sensor window, the screen display, and the menu-bar.
  • The display of sensor readings in some output channels has been optimized further. No additional space is added in front of the readings which consumes less screen real-estate and enhances the appearance in windows where left-aligned layouts were selected.
  • Corrected a problem where the curves of history graphs could show a flicker effect under very special circumstances.
  • Corrected a problem where the speeds of switched-off fans were displayed as "---" instead of "0 RPM" on some specific PowerBook models.
  • Corrected a problem where S.M.A.R.T. status probes could not be created for drives if the support status of the drives' internal temperature sensors could not be determined.

NOTE: Some specific sensor location labels for Intel-based systems are subject to change and may not be final. Compatibility Reports for the new Core 2-based Mac series created via the Help menu of Hardware Monitor are welcome. Intel Xserve models are not fully supported yet. Support will be added when these systems become available.

Release 3.95 (Build 061010)

  • Due to recent efforts in reverse-engineering Apple's System Management Controller, it is now possible to support all fan sensors of all Intel-based Macintosh systems. The sensors and their parameters for permissible limits are found automatically. Additional temperature sensors are expected to be supported in the near future.
  • The application can now control additional types of external LCD displays. The USB modules of the series CFA-632 and CFA-634 from Crystalfontz America, Inc. are supported. Additional free device drivers from Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) are needed to make the modules accessible by Mac OS X.

Release 3.9 (Build 060918)

  • Added support for the 4 new iMac series introduced in September 2006.
  • Added support for temperature sensors in some old hard drives which are not fully compliant with today's implementation of the S.M.A.R.T. industry standard.
  • By user request, the application now additionally supports monitoring of the case security lock for all Xserve systems. The lock position is monitored by a logical status sensor, where 1 denotes the normal, locked position, and 0 the unlocked setting.
  • Artificial sensors to monitor storage space on volumes can now also be created for network volumes, not only for local disk partitions.

Release 3.8 (Build 060825)

  • Added support for the Apple Mac Pro.

Note: Users of Intel-based Macintosh systems should run Hardware Monitor 3.8 before using Hardware Monitor Remote 3.8. This makes sure an up-to-date version of the driver necessary to access internals of Intel processors is installed.

Release 3.7 (Build 060618)

  • Due to quality problems and intellectual property issues, support for the third-party software "SpeedIt" has been removed. Hardware Monitor now comes with its dedicated own driver to access internal information of x86 processors. The driver can easily be installed or uninstalled from within the main application. The program will automatically notify the user if installation of the driver is recommended.
  • The following additional sensors will be accessible on current x86-based Macintosh systems when the driver is active: the internal digital thermal sensors for each CPU core of Intel processors, current core voltage value of Intel processors, current true clock frequency of Intel processors.
  • In addition, the System Information windows of remote clients will be capable of displaying family, model and stepping numbers, as well as the internal identification of x86 processors after the aforementioned driver has been installed.
  • The policy for detecting temperature sensors that are built into hard drives has changed: If the application detects a SATA drive under control of an Intel-based Macintosh system using AHCI, it will automatically assume that this drive contains a working temperature sensor compliant with the latest version of the ATA and S.M.A.R.T. standards. Up-to-date hard drives will no longer need explicit support by the application but will be accepted automatically.

Release 3.6 (Build 060504)

By request of many interested customers, this update is published earlier than initially intended. You only need to update from 3.5 if you like to use one of the following modifications:

  • Due to very high demand, this version adds support for the third-party software "SpeedIt" by InCrew Software, Spain. SpeedIt is a kernel extension for Mac OS X which grants user applications permission to access the on-chip CPU temperature sensor of Intel-based Macintosh systems. The monitoring application will automatically detect if SpeedIt is running on the system. If yes, the features of SpeedIt will be used to acquire readings from the CPU. For additional information, please see the FAQ chapter of the reference manual.
  • Enhanced support for the first generation iBook G4, where temperature sensors of the type Analog Devices ADT7460 did not deliver their readouts fast enough with specific Mac OS X versions, causing intermittent display of zero values.
  • Corrected a problem where temperature sensors controlled by the G4 version of the Apple System Management Unit were displayed as being disconnected.

Release 3.5 (Build 060426)

  • Added new feature to support artificial sensors which can be defined by Hardware Monitor 3.5 or later.
  • Added new feature to support external text LCD units which can be configured by Hardware Monitor 3.5 or later.
  • Added support for several new S.M.A.R.T. hard drive sensors.
  • Corrected a permission problem which could cause preference settings for the monitoring service to be ignored when the service was automatically started at boot time.

Release 3.4 (Build 060302)

Added support for new Macintosh systems which use the "smart battery" industry standard. Production dates and serial numbers of "smart" battery units can be monitored remotely.

Release 3.3 (Build 060216)

  • Added support for new Macintosh systems which use the AHCI standard to communicate with SATA devices.
  • Added support to access system management information on Intel-based computers.
  • Added support for several new S.M.A.R.T. hard disk sensors.

Release 3.2 (Build 051125)

  • Added support for the third-generation iMac G5 (iSight). If you used a release prior to 3.2 on the new iMac G5, it is recommended to revise your preferences settings for sensor locations on remote clients to get updated sensor labels.
  • Added support for several new S.M.A.R.T. hard disk sensors.

Release 3.1 (Build 051109)

  • Added support for the new PowerMac G5 Dual Core systems.
  • Added support for the new PowerBook G4 (Super Drive Dual Layer) systems.
  • Added support for ambient light sensors found in the latest PowerBook models.
  • Added support for several new S.M.A.R.T. hard disk sensors.
  • Fixed a problem with certain versions of Mac OS X where the user interface lost track whether the monitoring service was running or not when the service was running for an extended period of time.

Release 3.01 (Build 050908)

3.01 is a maintenance update which only affects a small minority of users. If you are using release 3.0 with a Mac OS X system not among the problematic cases outlined below, it is neither necessary nor beneficial to download version 3.01.

  • Added support for Mac OS X installations with incomplete or unusual configurations. In particular, this affects the following situations: Mac OS X systems where the computer name has been deleted, Macintosh computers with repaired or replaced mainboards where the hardware personalization fields in Open Firmware were empty.

Release 3.0 (Build 050822)

First official version of Hardware Monitor Remote. Note that the first release has version number 3.0 to correspond with the matching version of Hardware Monitor.