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How to get EFI and SMC firmware updates for your intel based mac

Apple regularly releases updates for the EFI and SMC firmware. This generally gets installed onto your mac as part of software update. In case you want get more specific details about all EFI or SMC firmware updates , you can get the information from apple support site here and download the updates from the apple site.

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