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Monday, Nov 19, 2012 9:35pm
Apple pulls pair of troublesome OS updates
A pair of updates for Apple's products have both been pulled in the span of less than a week. Late last week, the App Store software update for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to 10.8.2 was removed for the new Mac Mini, iMac, and 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro. Additionally, the "Mid-2012 MacBook Air/MacBook Pro Update 2.0" has been pulled due to problems reported by users.

The late-2012 Mac Mini shipped from the manufacturer with 10.8.1, and requires a custom update if the 10.8.2 upgrade is desired. An attempt to use the manual 10.8.2 updater is greeted with: "Error: OS X Update can't be installed on this disk. This volume does not meet the requirements for this update." No official Apple announcement has been made about the retraction. Some recent software releases, such as the update to iPhoto, require 10.8.2 to function.

The MacBook Pro Update 2.0 was also removed, with reported bugs such as failure to eject optical disks, keychain access problems, and permission issues for some users. A clean install of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion obviously fixes the problem, but without the display and additional USB 3.0 compatibility improvements promised by the update. Some users who chose to reinstall the update following a clean OS install are no longer having the issues before Apple pulled the update.

MacNN has spoken to an Apple store support employee regarding the retracted updates who said that the engineering department in Cupertino had made the fixes a "high priority item" but declined to elaborate on specific fixes. Our contact reported that "I don't have an ETA, but I know they are trying to complete updates for both problems before the Thanksgiving break."