2010 Mac Models Get EFI Update for Lion Internet Recovery

Apple recently announced the release of EFI Firmware Updates for its 2010 line of computers, which includes the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. These updates are significant as they introduce the capability for Internet Recovery, a feature first seen in OS X Lion with the mid-2011 MacBook Air and Mac mini updates.

Internet Recovery is particularly useful for machines experiencing hard drive failures or those installing OS X on a new drive without a previous OS installation.

With these updates, nearly all Macs released since 2010 now support Internet Recovery, except for the latest Mac Pro models. However, for Mac Pro users or those with Lion on Macs from 2009 or earlier, the lack of Internet Recovery is not a critical issue.

Alternatives include creating a recovery disk on an external drive or crafting a full Lion installer disk on a USB drive.


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