Apple Brings Power Nap to New MacBook Airs, Retina MacBook Pro Still in Wait

Posted in Apple News, Mac, OS X on 27/07/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


Among the many new features introduced with OS X Mountain Lion is one called Power Nap – a very unique and impressive new feature that allows 2011 and 2012 MacBook Airs and the Retina MacBook Pro to automatically download updates, retrieve emails and iCloud updates (including new Photo Stream images), backup to Time Machine and more.

Unfortunately, the feature didn’t work as planned when Mountain Lion was first released, leaving many compatible Macs without the cool new feature. Fortunately, Apple acted fast, and has released an SMC update for 2011 and 2012 MacBook Airs to enable the new feature.

Oddly, Apple has yet to release an update enabling the feature on the new Retina MacBook Pro, however – although it’s likely that Apple will release an update soon for their shiny and ultra-thin new Retina-licious notebook.

The updates can be found on an Apple support page, which continues to list the update for the Retina MacBook Pro as “coming soon,” so keep an eye on that page for the latest on when the update will be available.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.