Apple has released a new Thunderbolt update (1.2.1) which promises not to crash your Mac this time around. For those of you who have been patiently waiting in hopes of avoiding a system crash, it should now be safe to try your luck with the System Updater once again.
Following several noteworthy product announcements by Apple at WWDC 2012, the company hastily released an update for Mac OS X which promised support for its new Thunderbolt-based network and Firewire converters. Although a seemingly innocuous patch, the well-intentioned Thunderbolt 1.2 update rendered some iMac and Macbook owners' systems unbootable.
Apple promptly pulled the Thunderbolt 1.2 update from its servers following a growing number of complaints. The company later confirmed the issue on the June 18 with this knowledge base support article and released a new and improved Thunderbolt 1.2.1 update that is (hopefully) kernel-panic free.
If you were one of the unlucky ones but never got around to fixing your system, Apple's support article outlines the official solution to the issue: use Lion's built-in recovery feature.
Users can initiate the repair process by powering up (or restarting) their Mac and hold the Command + R keys simultaneously after the boot-time "chime" sound. When prompted to do so, choose to re-install Mac OS X and log on with your Apple ID. It may take a while, but the recovery process will solve the issue. Also, all of your personal files, application settings and most of your system configuration .plists should remain unscathed.
As always though, it's important to keep a current backup. If you're a Mac user, there's really no easier way to do this than using Time Machine on a secondary or external storage device.
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is equipped with a third generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, 256GB of flash storage, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a built-in FaceTime HD camera. It sports a SDXC card reader, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, MagSafe 2 power connector and a dual Thunderbolt ports.
The 13-inch MacBook Air models get a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2637M processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of flash storage for $1,299 or $1,599, respectively. Configure to order options include a 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M processor and additional flash storage, but unfortunately no discrete graphics, only the built-in HD 3000 from Intel.
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The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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