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

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in Current Mac Hardware edited July 2015
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.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    Interesting... It's as if Apple has something up... I think September may see some surprises besides new iPhones and iPads... Right now Apple is moving some pawns around, but between now and September some bigger pieces may move and by the time the queen pounces it will be too late for the competition to do anything but shit their britches while saying stuff that hasn't been heard since Ballmer did his infamous chortle in 2007.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    EFI surely?
  • Reply 3 of 10
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,550member
    "EMI"? Seriously AI, do you even use Macs? Oh right we had an ElectroMagnetic Interference update... >.>
  • Reply 4 of 10
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,839member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post



    Interesting... It's as if Apple has something up... I think September may see some surprises besides new iPhones and iPads... Right now Apple is moving some pawns around, but between now and September some bigger pieces may move and by the time the queen pounces it will be too late for the competition to do anything but shit their britches while saying stuff that hasn't been heard since Ballmer did his infamous chortle in 2007.

    Yep. Definitely seems like some housekeeping before the September event.

  • Reply 5 of 10
    jingojingo Posts: 108member
    I hope they shortly release a version of this update for the mid-2015 iMacs (and maybe others if they also need it). Mine has a number of USB issues including the keyboard not working after return from sleep, and other USB devices (including hubs) losing connection on sleep that is only resolved by un- and re-plugging.
  • Reply 6 of 10
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,740member
    elijahg wrote: »
    "EMI"? Seriously AI, do you even use Macs? Oh right we had an ElectroMagnetic Interference update... >.>

    LOL
  • Reply 7 of 10
    appexappex Posts: 687member
    EMI or EFI?
  • Reply 8 of 10
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,740member

    Mac mini EFI Firmware Update v1.8

     

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppeX View Post



    EMI or EFI?

     

    Almost 10 hours later, they still haven't corrected this?  <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 9 of 10
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,289member

    And just like that, my Mac Mini can see the brand new 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives I just bought. Hopefully, this will solve the waking from sleep problems my Mac Mini has been having.

  • Reply 10 of 10
    I've a Mac mini (Late 2012) which was working ok with a generic third party keyboard but was not recognizing an "old" Apple USB slim keyboard. After trying to reboot, and so on... without success, I've managed to put it working with a very weird trick, I've connected the Apple keyboard to the Mac mini (which was still apparently "unrecognized" - caps lock led was not turning on) and then connected my third party keyboard to one of the Apple keyboard USB ports. Magically, the Apple keyboard also started working even after I disconnect my third party / generic keyboard!
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