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Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 10:52 pm PT (01:52 am ET)

Apple issues EFI Firmware, iPhoto, QuickTime updates

Apple on Wednesday issued EFI Firmware updates for its Thunderbolt-equipped iMac, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air computers, as well as minor updates to QuickTime for Windows and iPhoto.

iMac EFI Update 1.7

The iMac update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection for the early 2011 Thunderbolt iMac. It also fixes compatibility issues with the Apple Thunderbolt Display and addresses Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance for the machine.

The 3.69MB download requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

Mac Mini EFI Firmware Update 1.3

The update for mid 2011 Mac Mini models improves the stability of Lion Recovery from an Internet connection and also addresses problems with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode.

The download weighs 4.26MB and requires Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or later.

MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update

The 4MB update for mid 2011 Macbook Air models includes fixes from Update 2.1 while improving the stability of the notebook. As with the other updates, it includes fixes for Lion Recovery from an Internet connection, Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode.

Macbook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.3

Early 2011 MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.3 adds stability to the same features as the other Mac EFI updates. A 4.17MB download, it requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or OS X Lion.

iPhoto 9.2.1

iPhoto 9.2.1 addresses an issue with the 3ivxVIdeoCodec plug-in that could cause it to quit unexpectedly on a Mac. The download weighs 357.18MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later.

Version 9.2 of iPhoto adds iPhoto and iOS 5 compatibility, new swipe gestures, minor UI changes and addresses a book printing issue.

QuickTime 7.7.1 for Windows

Version 7.7.1 of QuickTime for Windows requires XP (SP2 or later), Vista or version 7. The 37.58MB download addresses a number of security issues with the software, mostly related to patching any holes that "maliciously crafted movie files" could take advantage of.