Update firmware on Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012)

Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012) require manual firmware updates after updating or before reinstalling macOS.

Firmware updates aren't installed automatically alongside macOS on Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012), unlike other Mac models. Follow these steps to ensure that your Mac Pro receives any available firmware updates when you update or reinstall macOS.

Get firmware updates after updating macOS

First, use the App Store app to update the software on your Mac. After the update is complete:

  1. Choose Apple () menu > App Store. Search for macOS High Sierra. On the results page, click Download. 
  2. The installer downloads to your Applications folder and opens when it's complete. If it doesn't launch automatically, find Install macOS High Sierra in your Applications folder and double-click to open it.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. If your Mac needs a firmware update, you see this screen:
    Install macOS screen
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to apply the firmware update.

Get firmware updates before reinstalling macOS

To reinstall macOS completely on Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012), you need to run the installer twice: once to update the firmware, and a second time to reinstall macOS. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Apple menu > App Store. Search for macOS High Sierra. On the results page, click Download. 
  2. The installer downloads to your Applications folder and opens when it's complete. If it doesn't launch automatically, find Install macOS High Sierra in your Applications folder and double-click to open it.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. If your Mac needs a firmware update, you see this screen:
    Install macOS screen
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to apply the firmware update.
  6. When the firmware update process completes and your Mac starts up, open Install macOS High Sierra again and follow the on-screen instructions to install macOS.
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