New MacBook Pro’s SSD Storage Can Be Upgraded At Home

New MacBook Pro’s SSD Storage Can Be Upgraded At Home

You'll be able to replace your new MacBook Pro's SSD, but it won't be cheap.

iFixit has described Apple’s new MacBook Pro as the “least repairable laptop” it has ever opened up, and subsequently gave the device a repair score of 1/10. However, just like the MacBook Air, you’ll be pleased to know that it is possible to upgrade the new MacBook Pro’s solid-state storage yourself.

As noted by ElvishJerricco on Reddit, the new MacBook Pro’s flash storage is not soldered onto the logic board, and so you can — if you’re brave enough — venture inside and upgrade it yourself when you need to.

The storage board is connected to the notebook using a Mini PCI-e connector, and appears to be secured with just one screw — as you can see in the photograph above.

The only problem right now is that, because this storage was custom-designed by Apple specifically for the MacBook Pro, you can’t just purchase an upgrade at your local Best Buy, or from any retailer for that matter. However, you can be sure companies like OWC will begin offering replacements in the near future. Just expect them to be expensive.

  • JGKunzler

    Nobody ever claimed it was soldered to the logic board. Slow news day?

  • JaredABurnett

    Did you mean “
    The only problem right now is that, because this storage was custom-designed by Apple specifically for the MacBook Pro, you CAN’T just purchase an upgrade at your local Best Buy, or from any retailer for that matter.”?

  • Mystakill

    As much as I’d love to have a Retina MBP, this is the least desirable MBP ever due to its lack of user-serviceable parts and Apple’s exorbitant markups on RAM and storage upgrades.  Svelte is one thing, but Apple could’ve easily rearranged the logic board, or slightly thickened the case in order to accommodate reasonably-priced end-user upgrades.  The glued-in battery is a further smack in the face, because, apparently, nobody in their right mind should *ever* be allowed replace their own battery.

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