Firmware Update Adds Lion Internet Recovery to MacBook Pro

Apple released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.2 on Wednesday, bringing Lion Internet Recovery support to the Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook Pro.

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Internet Recovery, previously available only on the Thunderbolt-equipped Mac mini and MacBook Air, lets users restore or repair a Lion installation over an Internet connection when the computer’s hard drive has failed, or a new drive has been installed, and a bootable installer ins’t available.

The firmware update also addressed Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance issues, and Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility issues.

Thunderbolt portMacBook Pro combo Thunderbolt and Mini Display Port

Thunderbolt is a new high-speed expansion port that uses the same connector as Apple’s Mini DisplayPort video adapter and can currently support up to six devices in a chain. The port offers dual-channel 10 gb/s data throughput, supports hard drives and other peripherals as well as displays, along with FireWire, USB and Gigabit Ethernet devices with adapters.

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.2 requires an early 2011 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt port and OS X Lion 10.7 or higher. The update is available via the Software Update application, or as a downloadable installer at the Apple Support Web site.