Reports oust Mac mini's inability to download latest OS X

Mac mini
Rotten Apples

Remember the Mac mini, the downsized computer that saw refreshes for the 2012 launch next to the iPad mini last month?

If you own one and you've run into insurmountable obstacles attempting to download the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion, then the mini is certainly on your mind.

Several users recently took to Twitter to bemoan the computer's inability to install OS X 10.8.2.

"After 5 hours and four reinstalls…I find out the 2012 Mac mini cannot be upgraded to 10.8.2," one tweeter vented. "#WTF."

What's going on?

CNET reported Monday that the OS X update isn't available through the App Store's Software Update service.

Downloading it with 10.8.2's manual updater doesn't work either, as this message appears after a failed attempt: "Error: OS X Update can't be installed on this disk. This volume does not meet the requirements for this update."

Apparently, the hitch is that the new Mac mini requires a special version of the 10.8.2 update. Apple actually posted one on the App Store, but pulled it last Friday without offering up a replacement.

Cupertino's stayed mum on what's going on, while new reports also point out that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and new 21.5-inch iMac can't receive the 10.8.2 update either.

This isn't the first news of an update flap at Apple this week: Apple TV owners are also reporting that their TVs are shutting down after downloading the latest 5.1 software update.

From the looks of it, something rotten is going on with Apple's software systems.

Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.