What if it was time for Apple to offer removable SSDs again? (Industry Ready)

There has been a lot of talk about SSDs these days discreet on the new M2 Macs. Apple’s history is indeed very often marked by sourced, even proprietary components, but this has not always been the case!

If the first Mac was nearly impossible to open easily, Models released in the 90s/2000s offered good access to components. In early iBooks, iMacs, and even PowerBooks/PowerMacs, it was possible to swap the hard drive, and until the 2010s Apple offered relatively open machines.adapters, because Apple did not use standard connectors. Complicating the operation on the iMacs was the temperature probe sticking to the disk – tricks had to be found to manually control the ventilation!

What if it was time for Apple to offer removable SSDs again?  (Industry Ready)

The era of removable SSDs on Macs is over Tim Cook decade : Mac Pro trash cans for example, removable SSD modules were offered, but they were not standard and no manufacturer offered them from the start. In the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in 2016, the chip was completely welded and impossible to replace. Apple will do the same on most of its machines from the iMac to the MacBook Aireven including the Mac Pro – SSD modules were removable but proprietary and often bundled with the machine.

There are removable SSDs!

SSDs of course removable has always existed. First in 2.5″ (SATA) format, then PCIExpress, then M.2 format modules, and now the industry is popularizing M.2 SSDs in the size of a large SD card:

What if it was time for Apple to offer removable SSDs again?  (Industry Ready)

get to know Microsoft Surface offers a still quite rare form factor that allows for memory upgrades. It’s actually the M.2 format, but compact, with a maximum length of 30mm!

The ones you find in stores usually in the format 2280ie 22x80mm, too long to integrate on modern laptops and tablets. This small format, on the other hand, is suitable for consoles, even cameras and, of course, computers.

for the moment only a few manufacturers offer these SSDs (typically between 256GB and 1TB), e.g Sabrent or Internal. Their name 2230 and we obviously find some in France:

We have not tested these models, but it seems Suitable for surface. However, manufacturers often warn of the possibility of overheating chips found in small spaces without refrigeration: then their lifespan, as in the case of the Steam Deck, for example, may be more limited.

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Will Apple be ready to take this step? History proves otherwise, but in the end, the latest campaign to promote self-repairing machines is still moving towards better scaling of devices.

The real problem is more commercial : even today, Apple only offers 256 GB of main memory, which forces the buyer to spend small fortunes to access compatible drives, at least 512 GB. In 2023, it would be very difficult to recommend a drive less than 1TB for a professional machine.

race results, The Mac’s middle-cart SSD fills up quickly, risking rendering the machine unusable or worse, unsellable for 3 or 4 years. And you don’t need to install games to saturate 256 GB: a few videos shot on the iPhone, holiday photos for several years, and the space quickly runs out!

What if it was time for Apple to offer removable SSDs again?  (Industry Ready)

In addition, Apple charges a lot for memory upgrades : 4TB SSDs can be found for 350 €, but as we can see, the baking rate for SSDs, which are not always faster, is between 0.5 and 1 € per additional GB, that is, 3-4 times more than the market price. recently.

Finally, Allowing a trapdoor to open on a Mac would be very unhelpful and conflict with design priorities one piece from most Apple products. In a word, except excitement environmental From Tim Cook, the future of removable SSDs on the Mac looks very complicated indeed.

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