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Apple Launches Mid-2012 MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program

Apple announced Friday that it has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation (mid-2012) of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected flash storage drives, free of charge.

To see if your drive may be affected, go to the Mac App Store, click on Updates and choose the MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1. The firmware update will test your drive to see if it is affected.

IMPORTANT: If your drive is affected, Apple strongly recommends that you do not install any operating system updates or new applications, and also recommends backing up your data on a regular basis until you receive a replacement drive.

Replacement Process

If your MacBook Air has an affected flash drive, Apple advises that you contact one of the Apple service providers below to schedule an appointment to get your drive replaced:

• Apple Retail Store – Set up an appointment with a Genius.
• Apple Authorized Service Provider – Find one here.
• Apple Technical Support – Contact us for local service options.
• Before you bring your MacBook Air in for service, please back up your data.

You will be able to reinstall the operating system version that shipped with your product by going to the Mac App Store. Any other applications or other data should be restored from the back up that you made before the replacement.

If you believe you have paid for a repair or replacement due to this issue, contact Apple regarding a refund.

This worldwide Apple program does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the MacBook Air.

The program covers affected MacBook Air for three years after the first retail sale of the unit. Apple will continue to evaluate service data and will provide further updates to this program as needed.

For more information, visit:
http://www.apple.com/support/macbookair-flashdrive/

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