Apple Releases Update for Just-Released MacBook Air (Mid-2012)

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Apple has released an update for the just-released MacBook Air, to go along with nearly launch-day updates to the new MacBook Pro and the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The update weighs in at 1.06GB and fixes several issues:
About MacBook Air (Mid 2012) Software Update 1.0

This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models.

The update includes fixes that improve graphics stability, flash performance, and external display support.
Article Link: Apple Releases Update for Just-Released MacBook Air (Mid-2012)
 

3bs

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Can't wait to upgrade from my late 2010 11" ultimate to a mid 2012 11" ultimate! 512gb of ssd *drools* just have to save up some money now :p
 

jrlcopy

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Can't wait to upgrade from my late 2010 11" ultimate to a mid 2012 11" ultimate! 512gb of ssd *drools* just have to save up some money now :p
I dunno, all these updates and retina graphics are going to fill that sucker up.
 

3bs

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I dunno, all these updates and retina graphics are going to fill that sucker up.
Yeah I haven't downloaded the new iMovie update which is over 1GB on my current MBA and I don't even use iMovie. I guess it's good that I'll be getting 512GB and 8GB of RAM :p I might actually install Windows on it for some small things I need it for from time to time.

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only 174.8MB through Software Update...
You already got a new MBA? :eek:

How is it? Did you have an older MBA before it?
 

lperso

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You already got a new MBA? :eek:

How is it? Did you have an older MBA before it?
Was using an old 1st gen MBA that died few weeks back.
Got a MBP13" last week (what's now the old model) and three things made me return it and change it for a MBA 13"...
1. The newer model (even though the old MBP13" to the new MBP13" isn't much of a change...)

2. The weight : I thought I wouldn't feel much of a difference going from an old MBA to the newer MBP, but it does... (the old MBA was 3lb)

3. Resolution : I didn't know before that the max MBP 13" is 1280x800 .vs. MBA's 1440x900. That extra screen makes a difference.

A general perception is that the MBA is "faster" than the old MBP. But that just considering a few days of use on each one.

Have now iTunes, Chrome (10+ tabs), MS Powerpoint, Terminal(s) and eclipse open (and running/debugging a JEE project). 70% memory in use. 0 Page outs. 9% CPU. Compile/Build time is many (MANY) times faster than an old '07 iMac 24".

Two things to notice though: had two total freezes yesterday (full OSX freeze, had to hold power button to reboot). I don't remember the last time I had one of those in another OSX machine. Both times using Google Hangout. So it's either a problem there, or something I hope this fix address. Will keep an eye on it.
 

gnubelebung

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What is it exactly that makes these kind of updates hundreds (a thousand, in this instance) of megabytes large? Can anyone explain this to me?
 

lperso

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Remember the days when one would freak out at a 1mb download over your 14,400 Modem? :)
Or when "free-app-of-the-day" meant waiting for a specific radio station that would broadcast a new program every week.. and you could record it in tape !
But even back then, computers also had 3 letter... MSX, MBP, MBA :)

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What is it exactly that makes these kind of updates hundreds (a thousand, in this instance) of megabytes large? Can anyone explain this to me?
Not sure the full details but after install the difference is quite minimal is terms of free-space: ~6Mb (12,968 blocks)

before upd install:
Filesystem 512-blocks Used Available Capacity Mounted on
/dev/disk1 234676360 49289024 184875336 22% /

after upd install:
Filesystem 512-blocks Used Available Capacity Mounted on
/dev/disk1 234676360 49301992 184862368 22% /

[Did a full machine restart, command 'df', ran the software upload, another full machine restart, command 'df' again]
 

notjustjay

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Canada, eh?
What is it exactly that makes these kind of updates hundreds (a thousand, in this instance) of megabytes large? Can anyone explain this to me?
Because if you have a binary that's, say, 100 megabytes in size, and you want to change even the smallest thing, your replacement binary is also going to be 100 megabytes in size.

Multiply that times a bunch of different binaries that need to be updated, and there's your disk space. The good news is that since you're replacing an old one with an almost-identical newer one, the actual amount of new disk space consumed is very small.
 

EnigMoiD

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Bit of an old thread, but can anyone confirm if this update is built into Mountain Lion? I didn't grab it before upgrading, and based on some digging it looks like my files are different from the ones in the upgrade package. If myself and other users in my position are missing something, I hope they update the installer to run on ML.
 
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