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Apple Brings Lion Internet Recovery to Current MacBook Pro Models


Apple this week released three firmware updates that include fixes to compatibility with the forthcoming Apple Thunderbolt Display, but the MacBook Pro firmware update released today brings another interesting addition to the company's current models: Lion Recovery over the Internet.
This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection and includes fixes that resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on MacBook Pro (early 2011) models.
Internet Recovery debuted as part of OS X Lion to allow users to install the operating system on blank hard drives. The system works using a minimal bootable install on the machine's firmware that then passes off the full Lion install to the usual recovery mechanism, which downloads the operating system over the Internet.

Internet Recovery was initially available only on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that launched alongside OS X Lion, but Apple has now extended the capabilities to the MacBook Pro models introduced back in February.

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34 months ago
This sucks! My Pismo is left out in the cold??
Rating: 9 Positives
34 months ago
Rating: 8 Positives
34 months ago
I still prefer having it on a physical disc, but this will help.
Rating: 7 Positives
34 months ago

Wheres the support on the 2010 models?


Here (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro)

Enjoy Apple's user experience :)
Signed: A MBP Pro 2010 owner :D
Rating: 7 Positives
34 months ago
They need to add this for the Mid 2011 iMac models as well.
Rating: 3 Positives
34 months ago
Wheres the support on the 2010 models?
Rating: 3 Positives
34 months ago

For me this is a terrible solution. Also for people with slow internet connections or small download limits this would not be possible. Plus with a file that size, the download is likely to fail at some point.

I've created a full install usb, but apparently that is frowned upon by apple? I don't see why since I'm not pirating anything, just saving some time and downloads.


For you it may be a terrible solution.
For others, it is a great solution.

It is just another recovery option. Nobody is forced to use it.

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If anything this means that there won't be a refresh anytime soon otherwise they wouldn't have bothered pushing this out.


Or it is unification with new boards that are coming out that have faster processors in them. They will differ only in that processor so it would make pragmatic engineering sense.

They have also fixed a bunch of issues with this update too, which they had to do anyway.
Rating: 3 Positives
34 months ago

This sucks! My Pismo is left out in the cold??

I think this comment wins the thread, since most of the new Apple fans will be like "Your what?"
Rating: 3 Positives
34 months ago

Lion rocks for these features and the others. Just get used to them and you will be an happy guy.


I didn't like the natural scrolling at first. I turned it off instantly. Then as I used it more, with the way they have designed window animations for scrolling, etc...it just seemed better to use the natural scrolling so I turned it back on and after 3 days I was completely used to it. Now I think it rocks, I hated it at first, but gave it a chance and now I think it's the best thing ever. I did however turn off the resume features... I don't need my apps resuming when I restart. Other than that, lion rocks.
Rating: 3 Positives
34 months ago
My gut says this goes towards the rumours yesterday of imminent MacBook Pro speed bumps.

Apple would need the new MBP's to have access to this feature, and since the systems are basically the same as the Early 2011 ones, it was easy to back port it.

100% guessing on my part though, I have no inside knowledge.
Rating: 3 Positives

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