Q: What is Firmware, and why are updates needed?

What is firmware?

The basic definition of Firmware is the programming inside the main chip that makes the jamstik run. Firmware updates can be used to add functionality, fix bugs, and add fine-tune the performance of the device.

Why do we need to update firmware for the Jamstik?

It's almost always in your best interest to be updated to the latest firmware.  With any hardware product, there is the possibility of a bug showing up that couldn't have been caught even with the long-term internal testing of the device.  As reports and feedback come in, we're able to fix issues and remedy them for the end-user with a fairly simple update. When things are smooth sailing, we'll even have the chance to add functionality and features that provide for a richer playing experience. 

Where to obtain Firmware updates

The easiest way to update your firmware is through the Jamstik Connect App.  As long as you are up to date with the latest version of the app, you'll be prompted to install the latest firmware.  Don't worry, each release will be throughly checked for proper functionality before we submit it to the App Store.  It would be a good idea to turn on auto updates for the app, but you can always check back here in the announcements section to see if there's an update waiting for you. 

You can also update via your Mac, by downloading the Z-Fi utility which will prompt you with a update if available.  http://jamstik.com/pages/downloads


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