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(Mid 2012) MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0:
(download page linked)

"About MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0
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.

Warning Text:

  • Your MacBook Air requires this update.
  • The power cord must be connected to your MacBook Air and plugged into a working power source.
  • Back up the data on your MacBook Air flash storage to an external disk or Time Capsule before installing this update. If you've already backed up your data, click Install Update to begin the update.
  • Do not reset, shut down, or turn off the power to your MacBook Air while updating your flash storage. If there is a problem during the update, your flash storage may become unusable and all the data on it could be lost.
  • When the update is complete your MacBook Air will shut down. Wait one minute before restarting it.

    Boot ROM or SMC Version Information: After the update, you will have Revision TPVABBF0.

    System Requirements: OS X 10.7.5 or OS X 10.8.3"

  • Checking the Apple MacBook Air forums for feedback, saw a thread titled Filevault: Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 won't install.
    Also a couple of Mid-2012 MacBook Air owners said their machines were reported as not needing the update. No details given but my first guess is perhaps their MBAs had a different flash drive OEM/mfr perhaps?

    iTunes 11.0.3 Update (w/security fixes):
    (Available via Software Update or

    "About iTunes 11.0.3
    This version of iTunes comes with several new features and improvements, including:
    • New MiniPlayer: MiniPlayer now includes a beautiful new view that showcases your album artwork. In addition, a progress bar is now built right into MiniPlayer.
    • Improved Songs View: You can now enjoy your album artwork while in Songs view.
    • Multi-Disc Albums: Albums with multiple discs now appear as a single album.

    This update also provides performance improvements when searching and sorting large iTunes libraries.

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit:
    (here's the specific doc on security fixes)

    Mac SHA1=83f4afc5d3b5698c811c87c27b975824116bbf1d
    Windows SHA1=1e95101b584762b3c46ab597c115cd86bfd45d64
    Windows 64 SHA1=6669044bd50c1f753c8412a02556a70be09fd9f8

    To download iTunes 11.0.3 for Windows 64 bit:

    System Requirements:
    OS X version 10.6.8 or later
    Windows XP SP2 or later, 32-bit Windows Vista, 7 or 8."

    Not updated personally but a reader sent comments (recd May 20th):

    "Regarding iTunes 11.0.3
    On two out of three OS X 10.8 iMacs, iTunes said there was an update but the Application Store did not show the iTunes 11.0.3 update. Offhand I know two solutions and I used one on each machine:

    1) Manually download iTunes 11.0.3 from the support section of
    2) Use Terminal, switch to admin account and use "sudo softwareupdate -i -a" The second solution also showed me other software updates that the App Store didn't but that I saw on other machines.
    Michael K."

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