480GB Retina MacBook Pro SSD Upgrade: Faster, Bigger, More

Regretting your choice of a 256GB SSD for your new retina MacBook Pro? Sorry, you're stuck with the configuration you bought. But today brings the launch of the Auro Pro, the first SSD upgrade option from OWC, and it's not a bad deal.

For $US579, you get 480GB, a pretty USB 3.0 enclosure so you can use your old 256GB drive externally, and all the tools you need to install. The price is pretty comparable to what you'd pay Apple for the 512GB configuration right off the bat, but that enclosure is some handy added value and OWC says its solution is faster. The company claims 500MB per second read speeds, faster than the 461MB per second read speeds of the internal proxy drive. Pre-orders start today, and shipments begin next week. [OWC via AnandTech]


    " Sorry, you’re stuck with the configuration you bought"

    Umm, given you are advertising an upgrade, that statement is completely false.

    I wouldnt want to open one of these Macs myself - too risky

      Nah other Owen, it's fine - same pentalobe screwdriver as with the 2011 MBA. A quick swapout, once the back panel is off, there's only one more screw (albeit slightly larger pentalobe) to undo, and out swaps the SSD.

      I guess they meant "up until today, you're stuck", but forgot the extra words :)

      I've been waiting for a SATA to this new connector adapter - got one for 2011 MBA SSDs, and would love the new one. Brilliant for offline diagnosis.

    Well Owen (awesome name), it will still void your warranty. Let me have my negativity and I'll let you continue using my name :>

      Not if you swap it back in if you take it in for service/repairs =P

        I thought macs didn't need fixing?

    Oh they do!
    (From an Apple Technician)

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