Apple releases Mac mini EMI firmware update to fix USB keyboard issue

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Apple on Wednesday released an EMI update for Mac mini, addressing an issue that could in some cases prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized when waking from sleep.

As stated in the release notes for today's EMI firmware version 1.8, the update specifically targets late-2012 Mac mini models, though other iterations may be affected by the keyboard bug.

Aside from a few firmware updates, Apple has left the current Mac mini design untouched for years. In 2014, the company issued a spec bump with new-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as a price cut to $499.

Amid constant updates to its iMac consumer-oriented desktop, Apple seems to have put Mac mini on the back burner. However, the diminutive headless Mac has a niche following who tout the unit's size-to-power ratio, flexibility and sleek design. Many users, for example, integrate Mac mini into home entertainment systems as a media server.

Today's EMI firmware update version 1.8 comes in at 4.8MB and can be downloaded through Software Update or Apple's website.


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