OWC Announces Aura Flash Storage Upgrades for Mid-2013 and Later Mac Laptops

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Other World Computing today announced a new product that will allow newer Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners to upgrade the storage in their notebooks for the first time.

    Aura SSD upgrade kits are available in 480GB and 1TB capacities and will work with the Late-2013 Retina MacBook Pro and newer and the Mid-2013 MacBook Air and newer. At up to 1TB of storage, a Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air can gain up to 8x the capacity of the standard 128GB hard drive that comes with lower-end models. 1TB also exceeds the maximum factory drive available in the MacBook Air, which is limited to 512GB.


    According to OWC, its Aura PCIe-based flash storage is designed using high-quality components that are fully compatible with Mac notebooks.
    Upgrade kits include all of the tools that are necessary to replace the solid state drive in a Mac notebook, and it also includes an OWC Envoy Pro drive enclosure to house the existing factory drive in the Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, so it can be used as an external SSD.

    OWC's 480GB Aura SSD Kit (with enclosure) is available for $399, with a standalone drive priced at $347.99. The 1TB Kit is priced at $649, with the 1TB standalone drive available for $597. Both drives are available from the OWC website and will begin shipping out at the end of March.

    Article Link: OWC Announces Aura Flash Storage Upgrades for Mid-2013 and Later Mac Laptops
  2. donlab, Mar 8, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016

    donlab macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2004
    w00t! Its about time!
    Looks like you'll need to enable TRIM support via CLI with this drive
    7% over provisioning
  3. modent macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2016
    How about some reasonably priced nMP storage upgrades?
  4. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    This is the 4 lane PCIe chip right? Like my mid-2015 15" MBP should like this very much?
  5. Bentron macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    If only there were a way to upgrade RAM specs yourself too...
  6. otozuz macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Very very interesting. What about Apple warranty? I assume that upgrading the SSD would invalidate it. Am I wrong?
  7. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  8. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    these are the comparable new write speeds apple is offering?
  9. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Silicon Motion SM2260.
  10. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    AWESOME news. I JUST got a 2015 MBP 15". My budget limited me to the 256GB model. Even though a week ago an upgrade wasn't available from anywhere but a system pull, I had faith that eventually there would be parts available. I'll be waiting for a sale, and then I'm jumping on the 480GB!
  11. oneMadRssn, Mar 8, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016

    oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    This would also work in the 2014 Mac Mini, right?

    EDIT: I meant to say 2014 Mac Mini
  12. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2002
    FINALLY! I don't understand why Transcend or someone else doesn't make them either...
  13. Zdigital2015 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2015
    East Coast, United States
    Unfortunately, they are quite a bit slower than the SM951 that Apple is using in the Mid-2015 MacBook Pros - http://www.owcdigital.com/products/ssd/aura-mid-2013-and-later-macs-specs - while this upgrade may be good for some with older MacBook Pros and Airs, it's a BIG step backwards for those of us who want to expand a Mid-2015 rMBP. I was hoping that OWC might be able to overcome this, but it doesn't look like they did. At least they've created an upgrade for those who need that extra storage.
  14. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
  15. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    OK, thanks. I bought a Trion 150 with the Toshiba TC58 to see how it goes in a noncritical system, I think I will try out a Phison S10, too.

    Until now I was restricting myself to Marvell and Samsung (Intel is too expensive).
  16. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Prices are no doubt high as nMP owners seem to have more money than sense. ;)
  17. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
  18. GoodWheaties macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    I was getting excited then I saw that controller. I guess we will have to see how it performs.
  19. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    What's wrong with that controller? (I actually don't know, just asking :))
  20. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    Not with those advertised speeds it's not. It's actually cheaper to buy the storage upgrade from Apple when you buy your MBP or MBA and get the 4X PCIe that are twice the specs of these ones.

    But at long last it's possible for existing owners to upgrade. I would be bummed out if I had a 2015 model with say 128 or 256GB SSD and 4X PCIe and then downgrade speed to upgrade capacity. But for 2013/2014 owners, this is great news.
  21. tmiw macrumors 68000

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Finally. Though $600 is steeper than expected, it's still cheaper than $2k or so for a new 13" rMBP. At least I have an option if Apple goes significantly backwards in usability with the Skylake models.
  22. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    I would assume so too. But if you had a 2013/14 model with standard warranty, you're past that point anyhow.
  23. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Too difficult to crack the whole thing apart since it involves lifting the display out (if memory serves)?
  24. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010

    Why couldn't they do the 4X PCIe at those prices ?

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