Apple extends Lion Internet recovery to more 2010 Macs

Apple extends Lion Internet recovery to more 2010 Macs

Summary: Feature introduced to early 2010 MacBook Pro, the mid 2010 iMac, and the late 2010 MacBook Air.

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Apple has released a set of firmware updates that bring Lion Internet recovery to the early 2010 MacBook Pro, the mid 2010 iMac, and the late 2010 MacBook Air.

Here are links to the updates:

  • MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.6 This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.
  • iMac EFI Update 1.8 This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.
  • MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the system could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

Lion Internet recovery allows systems running Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' to download a copy of the operating system over the internet in the even of a system failure.

Lion Internet recovery has already been added to early 2011 iMacs and mid 2010 13-inch MacBook Pro systems, as well as new systems sold with Lion pre-installed.

Topics: Browser, Apple, Hardware, Software

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  • RE: Apple extends Lion Internet recovery to more 2010 Macs

    You know with a 4GB file I would think that most people would like to have a local copy on hand so they did not have to wait for an internet download. Thankfully I found information on how to make my own bootable USB or DVD of Lion so I can have a copy safe on hand.
    bobiroc
    • I think the Apple Store even sells

      @bobiroc USB key version of Lion, don't they?
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
      • RE: Apple extends Lion Internet recovery to more 2010 Macs

        @rbethell

        Yes they do for $70. The problem I have is I have about 100 Macs to manage at my job and they make you download your volume license software through the app store and you can only distribute the update to the other Macs directly from the Mac you downloaded the Lion install on. There is no way (according to apple) to get a USB Key or DVD version to install Lion with a volume license. So I extracted the DMG from the install and made a bootable USB Key and DVD myself which is something Apple does not necessarily approve.
        bobiroc
      • So, bob who might not roc

        You've not heard of netRestore or netInstall?<br><br>Because, if you haven't, then you've probably missed the boat on mass deploying OS X.
        That and the scary Australian whom I'm trying to remove from my ankles says there might be something called DeployStudio. Oh, and he said, something that sounded like Guuoogle eeez yuh frieeeeend.
        ego.sum.stig
      • Re netInstall

        @ego.sum<br><br>Yes, that is why I mentioned it can be distributed from the Mac or MacServer it was downloaded on. Still does nothing about me having a physical backup copy of the Installation Files or a hard copy on Disc just in case. My organization does not have a dedicated Mac Server to be used for this as all our Macs are clients used by students.

        So before you go around insulting a person and thinking you are so smart maybe you should learn to read.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Apple extends Lion Internet recovery to more 2010 Macs

        @bobiroc Have you heard of dual-boot? I have a cart of MacBooks in my classroom, and one of them has both a client image and a second volume for Snow Leopard server. I use this machine to develop new images for my MacBooks and iMacs, then boot into the server side to deploy it to the rest of the machines. Works like a charm, and when not being used as a server, I reboot it into client mode so that it can be used as a student machine.
        ssaha