updated 06:00 pm EDT, Wed June 13, 2012
Matches yesterday's update for new MacBook Pros
Two days after issuing an update for the (then) five-hour-old new MacBook Pro line, Apple has matched it with a similar update for the new (Mid 2012) MacBook Air models. While most of even the earliest buyers have yet to receive their machines, Apple retails stores and resellers have had limited stock and thus there are owners who already need the update. The download improves graphics stability, SSD performance and external display support.
The primary difference in the updates for the two machines is that the MacBook Air's update improves flash drive performance, which is touted as one of the selling features of the new machines. Apple has said that the new model's SSD storage (which the company interestingly refers to simply as "flash") is up to four times faster than a traditional 5400rpm hard disk, and an unspecified amount faster than even the flash storage used in previous MacBook Air models.
The update is available now for mid-2012 model MacBook Air units through Software Update. It can also be downloaded directly from Apple's support website, and weighs in at 1.06GB in size. The update will not run on other models of MacBook Air.