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MacRumors
May 16, 2013, 01:37 PM
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Apple today released MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1655), an update for Mid-2012 MacBook Air models to address an issue with recovering from crashes.This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models. This update addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause a system to fail to recover from a crash.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/05/macbook_air_2012_flash.jpgFlash storage module from mid-2012 MacBook Air (Source: iFixit (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Air+13-Inch+Mid+2012+Teardown/9457/1#s36159))
The update is 1.69 MB and requires OS X 10.7.5 or OS X 10.8.3.

Article Link: Apple Releases MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/16/apple-releases-macbook-air-flash-storage-firmware-update-1-0/)



Picard323
May 16, 2013, 01:52 PM
I have a mid 2012 13" Macbook Air, I ran software update but it didn't find any update. So i downloaded it direct off Apple website and on opening it said this computer doesn't require this update. Just a bit puzzled about it. Anyone else finding this?


Picard323

Oldschoolers
May 16, 2013, 01:56 PM
I have a mid 2012 13" Macbook Air, I ran software update but it didn't find any update. So i downloaded it direct off Apple website and on opening it said this computer doesn't require this update. Just a bit puzzled about it. Anyone else finding this?


Picard323

I just ran the update and only received the new iTunes

helmsc
May 16, 2013, 02:04 PM
Shows up here. Using 10.8.4 build 12E47

shafnitz
May 16, 2013, 02:05 PM
The MAS showed the update was available. I installed it, it rebooted, did it's thing, but it keeps showing up in MAS as an available update. Downloading the manual update now to see if that one will stick.

Picard323
May 16, 2013, 02:13 PM
I have a mid 2012 13" Macbook Air, I ran software update but it didn't find any update. So i downloaded it direct off Apple website and on opening it said this computer doesn't require this update. Just a bit puzzled about it. Anyone else finding this?


Picard323

Still not showing up for me. All I got was the iTunes update.

blackburn
May 16, 2013, 02:30 PM
Most likely there are different ssd models. And some don't require the update.

Weaselboy
May 16, 2013, 02:32 PM
I have a mid 2012 13" Macbook Air, I ran software update but it didn't find any update. So i downloaded it direct off Apple website and on opening it said this computer doesn't require this update. Just a bit puzzled about it. Anyone else finding this?


Picard323

Just showed up for me on my 2012 13" MBA (with the Toshiba SSD).

shafnitz
May 16, 2013, 02:42 PM
Manual update said it requires 10.7 (I'm on 10.8.3) and wouldn't install. So there's obviously something wrong with this update. I tried installing the update from the MAS again, but this time I manually shut down and let it install. Still showing up in the MAS. Oh well.

swordfish5736
May 16, 2013, 02:44 PM
showed up in the MAS along with the itunes update about an hour ago for me. Installed with no problem's on my 2012 11" MBA

Weaselboy
May 16, 2013, 02:55 PM
The MAS showed the update was available. I installed it, it rebooted, did it's thing, but it keeps showing up in MAS as an available update. Downloading the manual update now to see if that one will stick.

Manual update said it requires 10.7 (I'm on 10.8.3) and wouldn't install. So there's obviously something wrong with this update. I tried installing the update from the MAS again, but this time I manually shut down and let it install. Still showing up in the MAS. Oh well.

Same here on 2012 13" MBA with 10.8.3. It goes through the update and reboots instead of shutting down like the instructions explain. Tried both manually and through the app store.

I wonder if having Filevault on is causing a problem. I'm decrypting FV2 now to test this theory. Do you have FV2 on by any chance.

Edit: Yep, that was it. I turned off FV2 and waited for it to unencrypt, then applied the update and it worked just fine. You can see the new SSD firmware version TPVABBF0 in sys info.

zeemeerman2
May 16, 2013, 03:23 PM
Chrome feels snappier.
Is that a bug?

dyn
May 16, 2013, 03:25 PM
Apple sources the SSDs from 3 manufacturers (Toshiba and Samsung being 2 of them). This may very well be a firmware update for SSDs from one of those manufacturers. This would explain why manually downloading and installing results in the "this update isn't required" messages some here are getting.

Weaselboy
May 16, 2013, 03:31 PM
Apple sources the SSDs from 3 manufacturers (Toshiba and Samsung being 2 of them). This may very well be a firmware update for SSDs from one of those manufacturers. This would explain why manually downloading and installing results in the "this update isn't required" messages some here are getting.

That could be. Mine with the Toshiba SSD took the update.

dyn
May 16, 2013, 03:36 PM
Mine is Samsung and I didn't get the update (yet?).

MacBird
May 16, 2013, 04:02 PM
My Samsung 256 GB SSD didn't need the update, maybe it's for Toshiba SSD only.

thelink
May 16, 2013, 04:26 PM
Last thing I need is an update...

ValSalva
May 16, 2013, 04:56 PM
Apple sources the SSDs from 3 manufacturers (Toshiba and Samsung being 2 of them). This may very well be a firmware update for SSDs from one of those manufacturers. This would explain why manually downloading and installing results in the "this update isn't required" messages some here are getting.

I think this is exactly right.

erio
May 16, 2013, 04:58 PM
It'll keep popping up until it's plugged into a power source. Same thing happened last week with the Thunderbolt Firmware Update.

Good luck!


Manual update said it requires 10.7 (I'm on 10.8.3) and wouldn't install. So there's obviously something wrong with this update. I tried installing the update from the MAS again, but this time I manually shut down and let it install. Still showing up in the MAS. Oh well.

djbuddha
May 16, 2013, 05:49 PM
Chrome feels snappier.
Is that a bug?

Bahahahahaha

shafnitz
May 16, 2013, 11:07 PM
Edit: Yep, that was it. I turned off FV2 and waited for it to unencrypt, then applied the update and it worked just fine. You can see the new SSD firmware version TPVABBF0 in sys info.

Yup, that did it! Thanks for the heads up.

Simplicated
May 17, 2013, 02:19 AM
Mine is Samsung and I didn't get the update (yet?).

Because this is for Apple notebooks. :D:D

MacHiavelli
May 17, 2013, 03:58 AM
Has anyone managed to get this to install? I have tried through MAS and the direct download. Each time the install appears to go well, but on reboot the update reappears in the MAS saying it needs to be installed. I have tried it with FV2 on and off. No difference.

Weaselboy
May 17, 2013, 07:34 AM
Has anyone managed to get this to install? I have tried through MAS and the direct download. Each time the install appears to go well, but on reboot the update reappears in the MAS saying it needs to be installed. I have tried it with FV2 on and off. No difference.

Both shafnitz (a couple posts up) and I got it to install by turning off FV2. Did you wait for FV2 to completely unencrypt the drive before trying the install?

chrfr
May 17, 2013, 09:25 AM
Has anyone managed to get this to install? I have tried through MAS and the direct download. Each time the install appears to go well, but on reboot the update reappears in the MAS saying it needs to be installed. I have tried it with FV2 on and off. No difference.

If you can boot from an external, unencrypted drive, it'll install from there. I did this with mine rather than decrypt and re-encrypt.

lars666
May 17, 2013, 09:41 AM
I am always surprised how many people seem to manually download Apple firmware and software updates which don't show up on their machines and try everything to get them installed. We can probably assume to 99% that if they don't show up even after waiting, they aren't required for your components... Seems a play with fire to me to try everything to force these updates nevertheless. (no connection to the post above me, that is a different case.)

EDIT: Okay, now that I read this thread again it only seems to be one single guy here doing this, LOL - the others have the MAS notification of the update... Anyway, in other threads with firmware updates I stumbled upon people like described above.

MacHiavelli
May 17, 2013, 11:03 AM
Thanks for the replies. Yes, allowed it to fully decrypt, rebooted, installed, rebooted but still appears in the MAS. Have now re-encrypted and am just ignoring the MAS notice to install.

recurringdream
May 17, 2013, 03:54 PM
I've had two SSDs suddenly and completely fail on my current model Air, each unrecoverable. Hardware was replaced under AppleCare. I wonder if this software bug was the culprit in these failures.

Weaselboy
May 17, 2013, 07:43 PM
I've had two SSDs suddenly and completely fail on my current model Air, each unrecoverable. Hardware was replaced under AppleCare. I wonder if this software bug was the culprit in these failures.

This update appears to only apply to the OEM Toshiba SSDs. Were yours Toshibas?

sentiblue
May 17, 2013, 11:45 PM
My MBA crashes may once every few months... but it recovers OK so I guess this patch won't be that critical to me... Plus... I might get in trouble with CorpIT just for decrypting my SSD... good to know though...

Apple should have made it clear in a statement that this patch requires disabling the Vault.

b3av3r
May 17, 2013, 11:58 PM
Another MBA with a Samsung SSD and no update.

-Tobi-
May 18, 2013, 11:21 AM
I also have a toshiba ssd in my air and the update showed up in my MAS.
Check system information for the correct version: hardware > serial-ata > apple ssd > revision
previous version on my air was: TPSABBF0
according to http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1655 it should be TPVABBF0.

btw: it's important to have your ac adaptor connected. if it's not, the update will not be applied! I tried to install the last thunderbolt update without a power source, my mac did a reboot, but didn't update the thunderbolt firmware. That's why it's still been displayed in your MAS.

Also I think it's not necessary to decrypt and re-encrypt your disk, because harddisk firmware normally doesn't affect the storage itself, but it's controller/chip.

Weaselboy
May 18, 2013, 11:35 AM
Also I think it's not necessary to decrypt and re-encrypt your disk, because harddisk firmware normally doesn't affect the storage itself, but it's controller/chip.

I have not seen any reports of a user able to apply this update with FV2 on, so I think it is necessary to turn it off.

I believe what is happening is the updater writes itself to Macintosh HD for install upon reboot, but with FV2 on Macintosh HD is a virtual core storage (encrypted) volume that cannot be accessed at boot time, so the update fails.

I was on AC adaptor during my earlier failed attempts to install.

kingtj
May 18, 2013, 12:38 PM
I just replaced an OWC 480GB SSD in a 2011 Macbook Air 13" that suddenly failed (machine would boot about 50% of the time and go to a spinning beach-ball within seconds of logging into it). An attempt to reinstall the OS got the same beach ball in the middle of copying files.

SSDs generally fail catastrophically when they fail -- and my experience using them so far (Windows or Mac) is, they fail quite a bit more often than the marketing people want you to believe. I don't think your experience with a couple of dead ones is that unexpected?

I've had two SSDs suddenly and completely fail on my current model Air, each unrecoverable. Hardware was replaced under AppleCare. I wonder if this software bug was the culprit in these failures.

jimTucson
May 18, 2013, 04:18 PM
I also had to turn off FV2 to get this to work, but also had to reboot twice after the de-encrypt before the update took. A better how-to from Apple for on this would have been nice. I'd not like to think they didn't expect this to happen. But, then again, their focus seems to be on things iOS these days.

opinio
May 18, 2013, 07:01 PM
By "mid-2012" i take it simply means all USB 3.0 models?

ConCat
May 18, 2013, 08:32 PM
I have not seen any reports of a user able to apply this update with FV2 on, so I think it is necessary to turn it off.

I believe what is happening is the updater writes itself to Macintosh HD for install upon reboot, but with FV2 on Macintosh HD is a virtual core storage (encrypted) volume that cannot be accessed at boot time, so the update fails.

I was on AC adaptor during my earlier failed attempts to install.

Apple needs to get Core Storage implemented in the firmware. It'll solve so many problems... By that I mean removing the need to have PVs backed by GPT, and to allow decryption without needing a boot partition. They could even implement a GPT emulation layer, complete with a protective MBR for booting Windows.

Acorn
May 19, 2013, 03:00 AM
Thanks for posting about the encryption. At first I tried to install the update with the encryption on and it didnt work. So I did what others have suggested and turned off encryption (fully wait for it to finish) then reboot then re-run the update and it worked perfectly.

If i wasnt apple enthusiast and visited the forums there would have been no way to know that the drive needed to be decrypted first.

Edit* it also gave me a scare. After the firwmare updated the computer completely shut off and didnt turn back on. It was like 5 minutes before I tried to turn it back on because i was to scared to touch anything.

chrfr
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM
After the firwmare updated the computer completely shut off and didnt turn back on.

The installer states that this will happen in the dialog window that opens to confirm you want to install.

Acorn
May 19, 2013, 01:15 PM
The installer states that this will happen in the dialog window that opens to confirm you want to install.

oops didnt see that just clicked ok. i read part of it just not all of it.

tudyniuz
Jun 25, 2013, 05:28 PM
Do I really need to back-up my drive or is that something Apple recommended just in case to be safe?

Weaselboy
Jun 25, 2013, 06:45 PM
Do I really need to back-up my drive or is that something Apple recommended just in case to be safe?

I think they are saying that just to cover their rear in case something goes wrong. I have not heard of anybody losing data doing this.

That said, I would still backup first. Void where prohibited... blah blah... :D