Well, whaddya know! No sooner had Apple transitioned to iCloud that it began raining software updates! Apple released no fewer than six updates for its various products today, all of them bringing various compatibility and performance fixes, with one of them even adding a new feature to the latest iMacs, just to keep things exciting. Here’s the lowdown:
EFI Firmware Updates (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini)
These firmware updates for mid 2011 MacBook Airs and Mac minis and early 2011 MacBook Pros are all about improving the stability of your machines. Apple recommends them for all users, but then Apple always thinks that its updates are revolutionary and five years ahead of the competition, so that’s not a surprise!
iMac EFI Update 1.7
Did you think Apple would leave the iMac out of the firmware update fun? Well, you thought wrong. Not only do the early 2011 (if you can call May early) iMacs get a firmware update, they get a new feature as well. The update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on these Macs (which we just found out wasn’t enabled till now). It also “includes fixes that resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance”, so there’s that too.
A small update to iPhoto is also doing the rounds now and it “addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly on Macs with the 3ivxVideoCodec plug-in installed”. But you should install it anyway even if you don’t have the plug-in installed because, hey, what have you got to lose? It’s available via Software Update and the Apple website if the app came preinstalled with your Mac, or via the Mac App Store if you bought it from there.
QuickTime 7.7.1 for Windows
Mac users don’t get to have all the fun; there’s room for Windows users too in Apple’s corporate heart. But it is an update for a Windows app, so it does’t so much besides improving security. Oh well, something’s better than nothing, huh?