Have a 2012 MacBook Air? Apple has a firmware update and possible replacement drive for you!

Have a 2012 MacBook Air? Apple has a firmware update and possible replacement drive for you!

Apple has been having problems with the solid state storage on 2012 MacBook Airs for a while now, so it's great to see they've released a firmware update, and replacement program, to address them. Here are the details from Apple:

Apple has discovered that a small percentage of flash storage drives in these MacBook Air models have an issue that may result in data loss. This update tests your drive and, in the majority of cases, installs new firmware to resolve the issue. If your drive cannot be updated, Apple will replace it, free of charge

I've had the replacement done on my 2013 MacBook Air, which was still under AppleCare, but I haven't heard of any widespread issues with that model yet. If you have a 2012 model, get to updating, and let me know how how it goes for you.

Source: Apple

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bobbob1016 says:

They say this, *after* I replaced the SSD in my Macbook Air... At least I get the extra space.

WreakingHavoc says:

I just installed the update on my 2012 MacBook Air and restarted the computer, it said that I have successfully installed the update so I take that to mean the drive is fine. Is that correct, do I not need to contact Apple?

suz5ive says:

I also updated and received the same message. I'd also like to know if I need to do anything else.

iSRS says:

Installed, restarted, updated with new firmware message. That it? I'm good? Guess we need someone with an error to post it.

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iSRS says:

Actually, re-reading the install notes it says "This update tests your drive and, in the majority of cases, installs new firmware to resolve the issue. If your drive cannot be updated, Apple will replace it, free of charge."

So looks like if we got that upgrade we are good.

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noneother999999999999999999999 says:

my 2012 MBA died last week... has been the apple repair depot since then... this notice came out on week too late for my happy.. confident the repair will be covered tho

mpaquette says:

I have a 2012 MacBook Air, downloaded the update, tried to install it but it said it wasn't for my computer. Maybe it's only certain serial number ranges?

blaubon says:

Amazing! Just amazing! My 2012 Macbook Air (I got it as a Christmas gift from my wife) crashed 3 weeks ago and I some how got it to restore with Time Machine on an external drive, but then again it crashed 3 times yesterday never to find the internal flash drive(harddrive?) again. Now I have to drive 2 1/2 hours to the nearest Apple Store to get it fixed. Hopefully it's covered under Apples Warranty???