Apple has started rolling out a new software update for all the Macs that it had introduced in June 2012, including the MacBook Air and the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina.
The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 weighs in at 127MB and the change-log from Apple suggests that it includes “graphics performance and reliability improvements and improves compatibility with some USB devices”.
Apple recommends this update to all the June 2012 MacBooks, so do update if you own one of them. Early reports suggest that the update has fixed the freezing issues that many people experienced for around 30 seconds when they plugged in a USB drive to their Retina MacBook Pro(s). It, however, does not fix the image burn-in issues on the Retina MacBook Pro(s) with an LG display panel, or the flickering issues that have plagued rMBP owners since quite sometime.
Apple is supposedly holding a media event next week. Yesterday, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be launched alongside the iPad mini this month. Today, AllThingsD reports with its own sources making similar claims. AllThingsD has an excellent track record when it comes to Apple rumors.
The smaller iPad may be the star of Apple’s as of yet unannounced October 23rd invitation-only event, but it will have an impressive supporting cast.
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well.
The report provides a summary of the expectation for the new machine, which include a 2560×1600 display, same thin profile as the 15-inch model, and all-flash storage. However, pricing remains unknown. Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. Going by this, we can expect Apple to continue the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without.
After rolling out OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and iOS 6 for its iDevices yesterday, Apple has today rolled out a new EFI firmware update the mid-2012 MacBook Air and other Macs.
The v2.5 EFI firmware for the Air fixes some Turbo Boost related issues when using Boot Camp, which has been plaguing mid-2012 Air owners for quite sometime.
Below is the full change-log of the EFI firmware update for the mid-2012 MacBook Air(s) -:
This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models.
This update fixes an issue where Turbo Boost does not activate when using Boot Camp, and resolves an issue where NetBoot does not function properly when using an Ethernet adapter.
The first EFI firmware update for the Retina MacBook Pro fixes a bug where the system might just lock-up under heavy load, and also fixes the NetBoot not working when an Ethernet adapter is used.
Lastly, the v2.9 EFI firmware update for the non-Retina MacBook Pro fixes the system locking up issue under heavy loads and might need to be restarted manually.
Head over to ‘Updates’ tab in the Mac App Store to download and install the latest EFI firmware update for your Mac(s).