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Lion Internet Recovery comes to 2011 iMacs with firmware update

One of the really interesting features of Mac OS 10.7 is Lion Internet Recovery, which only requires an internet connection to fix a broken disk — and now Apple's rolling it out to the 2011 iMacs, which join the newest Macbook Air and Mac Mini models in supporting the feature. If the built-in recover partition on your hard disk fails, or you have a drive without Mac OS on it, these machines can use Lion Internet Recovery to download a complete set of repair and install tools over a broadband connection. Of course, you're looking at very big file to download from Apple, so this isn't a quick fix, but it's a nice little bonus of the company's new cloud-centric approach to the world.