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EFI Firmware Update for Late 2013 iMacs (info/download):
(Apple Updater Download page linked.)
"About iMac (late 2013) EFI Update 2.1 (8.7MB)
This update is recommended for iMac (late 2013) models. This update addresses an issue which may cause a black screen to appear when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using Boot Camp Assistant if both an external optical drive and USB thumb drive are connected to the system. This update also ensures that the system will boot by default into OS X after installation of Windows 8.

System Requirements: OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 (12E4022) or later"

Per a later Apple doc, the Boot Rom version after this update is:

  • "IM141.0118.B00" for iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
  • "IM142.0118.B00" for iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)

(To check boot rom version - click Apple menu->"About This Mac"->click "More Info", then click "System Report" and check "Boot ROM Version" field.)

Apple updates iMacs (new CPUs/Graphics/802.11ac/PCIe Flash):
Apple has posted a press release on the new iMacs with 4th gen (Haswell) Intel quad-core processors, Nvidia GeForce GT750M/755M/775M/780M (up to 4GB vram), 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. (See specs page for details.) Prices start at $1299 (US) for the 21.5in, $1799 (US) for the 27in. The Apple store lists base models as shipping within 24 hours as of Tues AM. (Some retail stores may also have stock of base models.)
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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Monday Sept. 23rd, 2013 News Archive
  • Apple TV 6.0 Update new build released?
  • First Weekend iPhone Sales Top 9 Million
  • OS X 10.8.5 doubles 802.11ac Time Capsule's performance
  • PowerMac G4 Modern Browser Options (sponsor blog)
  • Steve Jobs' childhood home may become historical site
  • Apple refunding iTunes purchases for 'Breaking Bad: The Final Season'
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:
    - 2013 MacBook Air FaceTime Camera might not work after OS X 10.8.5 update
    - MacBook Pro w/Retina display: Do not use palm rest or keycap covers
    - Vintage and obsolete products
    - iPhone 5s: Using Touch ID
    - iPhone 5s: About Touch ID security
    - iPhone 5s: Third-party VPN compatibility
    - iOS 6: Exchange sync may use old password
    - Apple TV (2nd and 3rd gen): Restoring your Apple TV
    - Logic Pro X: Training resources
    - Logic Pro X: Troubleshooting basics
    - Logic Pro X: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
    - Logic Pro X: Logic Remote may not connect with Logic Pro X
    - Logic Pro/Express: Startup modifier keys for troubleshooting
    - Logic Pro X: Use Producer Kits for maximum customization of Drum Kit Designer
    - Logic Pro X: Deploying across multiple Mac systems using Apple Remote Desktop, NetInstall, or NetRestore
  • Other New/Reviews/Tech/OT:
    - Valve's SteamOS bringing Steam to the living room
    - Review: EVGA Geforce GTX-780 Superclocked ACX
    - Lawsuit accuses LinkedIn of "breaking into" user emails/spamming contacts
    - Security org raises Internet threat level after expanded IE attacks
    - "Watering holes" join Java as a major threat to corporate security
    - How to Live Micro: Home Life in Under 350 Square Feet
    - Audio/Video Receiver Build Quality: Part 1
    - "Breaking Bad" show items at Auction
    - Review: Iron Man 3 Combo pack
    - Epic Space Photos of the Week

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