EFI and Thunderbolt firmware updates

Late last week we received a shipment of Thunderbolt MacBook Pros.

This week Apple released the MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.1 and the Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.0.

Based on past experience, I expected to have to install these manually: launching the updater, shutting down, then holding the power button to get into “firmware update mode”…

Imagine my surprise when:

  • Munki downloaded and installed the EFI Firmware update
  • Munki rebooted the MacBook Pro
  • The EFI firmware updated automatically(!)
  • The machine rebooted again.
  • Munki downloaded the Thunderbolt Firmware Update
  • Munki rebooted the MacBook Pro
  • The Thunderbolt firmware updated automatically(!)
  • The machine rebooted again.
  • The machine came up normally and ready to use.

Completely automatic firmware updates. Is this a first, or did I miss something?

EFI and Thunderbolt firmware updates

4 thoughts on “EFI and Thunderbolt firmware updates

  1. Will P says:

    I believe it was mid-09 models that changed the way firmware updated. It might be all unibody macs. But now, with the firmware updates there is just a restart button. Apple finally figured out normal people couldn’t figure out how to update firmware.🙂

  2. aside from these updates, do you know if there are any changes from upgrading the os x server 10.6.5 to 10.6.8 and will these changes affect the Mac clients on a network environment?

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