For those who have been wondering why Apple hasn’t brought internet recovery to their 2010 Macs running Lion, here is some good news, Apple recently released three new EFI firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to the company’s Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 iMac, and Early 2010 MacBook Pro.
Available firmware updates include:
– MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 (2.98 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the sys
tem could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.
– iMac EFI Update 1.8 (3.02 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.
Originally Apple introduced Lion Internet Recovery on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that were introduced last July alongside OS X Lion itself. OS X Lion users might have noticed that OS X Lion by default installs a recovery partition on the machine’s hard drive, however sometimes for unknown reasons this recovery partition becomes inaccessible, and therefore Internet Recovery provides yet another fallback option for Lion installation.
The first Apple firmware update for the MacBook Air came almost immediately after the release of the device. Now Apple has just released a software update for the new 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models.
According to Apple, “This update resolves a rare issue where MacBook Air boots or wakes to a black screen or becomes unresponsive. This update is recommended for all 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air (late 2010) models. ”
Apple goes on to say, “The MacBook Air EFI Update will update the EFI firmware on your notebook computer. Your computer’s power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your MacBook Air restarts, a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Do not disturb or shut off the power on your MacBook Air during this update. ”
It remains to be seen if this firmware update will resolve any other problems, but according to Apple it will at least resolve some of the ones we’ve heard about. Although it doesn’t say anything about the flickering video issue it might resolve that too.
Yesterday released several new updates, one of the updates pushed down the Software Update pipeline was a new Boot Camp and MacBook EFI update.
The new Boot Camp update is available for both 32 Bit and 64 Bit Windows installs and provides support for the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, the Apple USB Ethernet adapter and the MacBook Air SuperDrive, alongside a gaggle of other bug fixes.
Additionally, there’s a new EFI Firmware update for the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 reportedly resolves an issues where an attached external display may occasionally and incorrectly show a purple tinge.
If you have installed the updates and have noticed any changes in performance then leave us a comment below.