Making a bit of a dent in Apple’s just-works marketing, this year’s new Macs need a software update out-of-the-box. Buyers of Apple’s late-2012 Mac systems are required to install OS X 10.8.2 build 12C2034, manually.
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on Apple’s Support site says “OS X Software Updates are available and recommended for MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) and Mac mini (Late 2012) computers.”
Apple offers a few steps for customers to install these updates as they contain “all features and updates from OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 plus system-specific enhancements and fixes for Late 2012 systems.”
But first, the Cupertino company asks customers to verify that they actually need to install any updates.
“From the Apple () menu, choose Software Update. Install any updates related to OS X,” says the Mac maker.
To check if you have the most current software installed already, choose About this Mac from the Apple menu. Apple says you should see version 10.8.2 or later listed under OS X if you've already updated your computer.
By clicking “Version,” you’ll be able to see the specific build number for your OS X installation. “If you see build 12C2034 or later, then you are up to date,” Apple says.
According to the company, this applies to MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) and Mac mini (Late 2012), which seemingly leaves out the new 21.5 iMac (Late 2012).
Considering that these systems are facing supply shortages
, Apple will probably ship these in November with the aforementioned update pre-installed.
However, “If you see OS X Version 10.8.1, your computer has not been updated and you should install the latest updates from Software Update as explained above, or downloading the updates here
,” says Apple.
Not surprisingly, the download link takes customers to the “OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Update for 13" Macbook Pro with Retina Display, 21.5" iMac (Late 2012), and Mac mini (Late 2012).”