Friday, October 18th 2013

Apple Outs MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update

Apple posted a much needed firmware update to the SSDs inside MacBook Air (mid-2012).Bad firmware made the machine vulnerable to data loss in certain cases, and it took over a year for Apple to get enough warranty claims to act on the firmware. The firmware update puts existing data on risk, so it would be a good idea to back things up. Apple admits that the firmware update may not work on all drives, and in such cases, stated that the drives would be replaced for free.
DOWNLOAD: MacBook Air (mid-2012) SSD firmware update
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6 Comments on Apple Outs MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update

#1
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I never had an issue with my 2012 MBA when I had one. The mid-2013 MBA is pretty nice with the mSATA PCI-E SSD and the amazing battery life.

Also: In b4 Apple haters. :cool:
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#2
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Impossible. Apple products are better made than any other OEM. Its just a magical FACT!
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#3
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
impossible. they are protected by little unicorns inside them.
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#4
del_up
by: Aquinus
I never had an issue with my 2012 MBA when I had one. The mid-2013 MBA is pretty nice with the mSATA SSD and the amazing battery life.

Also: In b4 Apple haters. :cool:
The mid-2013 MBA uses a PCI-E based SSD.

mSATA and PCI-E are not that same...

BTW , I'm not surprised Apple took a long time to make a fix. It's not like most people use their MBA for important stuff.
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: del_up
mSATA and PCI-E are not that same...
Actually, the only difference is the controller that they're connected to. Electrically, it is the same, but your right, it's PCI-E.

by: Wikipedia
The connector is similar in appearance to a PCI Express Mini Card interface,[38] and is electrically compatible; however, the data signals (TX±/RX± SATA, PETn0 PETp0 PERn0 PERp0 PCI Express) need connection to the SATA host controller instead of the PCI Express host controller.
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#6
fusionblu
I'm an Apple Engineer and I can finally have fewer of these to repair. Most of the time it is the Toshiba SSDs that die while the Samsung SSDs rarely need replacing in these MacBook Airs.

At least Apple is sorting this out now rather than have the faulty SSDs replaced with ones that will go faulty eventually.
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