OWC Certifies 480 GB Aftermarket SSD Upgrade for 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this year, Other World Computing (OWC) announced the launch of its 480 GB Mercury Aura Pro solid-state drive for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Some questioned the cost-effectiveness of pursuing such an upgrade, however, given its $579.99 price tag compared to Apple's $500 charge to boost the standard 256 GB drive to a 512 GB drive, although aftermarket upgrade users can also keep their original drives for external use.


    OWC has now announced that it has certified this same Mercury Auro Pro drive for use in the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro released last week, and Apple's decision to offer a 128 GB drive in the entry-level model may make OWC's offering a more appealing option for those looking to upgrade storage capacity on their machines.
    While OWC's aftermarket solid-state drive is currently offered only in 480 GB capacity, the company does note that additional capacities will be coming in November. Apple offers 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 768 GB options in the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, with all but the lowest capacity available in the 15-inch models.

    Article Link: OWC Certifies 480 GB Aftermarket SSD Upgrade for 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro
  2. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    I personally wouldn't want to open up a glued laptop and risk it's integrity and build quality just to upgrade what can be ordered via Apple's own website.

    I'd fear it'd fall apart. Or maybe I'm not clued in on how it's actually put together, and it may be totally harmless?
  3. Virtualball macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    Yikes, that's a lot of money... A fast 480 GB SSD is $400-500 but those are standard. Hopefully these will go down in price as time goes on :eek:
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    its not glued
  5. iRCL macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    More crappy SSDs from OWC. Nice. Search the forums to see the myriad problems with OWC SSDs before buying one
  6. everything-i macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Accessing the SSD is no more complex than in the ordinary MBP just a few small screws to remove the bottom cover the SSD can then be easily be swapped out.

    NB: Pentalobe screwdriver required for this
  7. Kabeyun macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    iRCL's comment notwithstanding, are the OWC drives worth a look? $200 is indeed more money, but that also gets you more storage and the piece of mind of something Apple assembled and warrants. The OWC drive would have to be dramatically better for me to consider it.
  8. Frign macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2011
    OWC is my life support. In many aspects getting parts there can save you lots of money (and time).
  9. Codyak macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    All of five seconds of Google could answer and show it's even easier than replacing it on a standard laptop.
  10. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Interesting to see if OWC will then assume the voided Apple warranty . . . :rolleyes:

    Or did OWC receive written authorization from Apple?
  11. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    How did this not make front Page but people getting their smart covers early did?
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    In this day and age, a damn SSD shouldn't cost as much. Just look at Intel's latest 325. It's in the $200 range for a nice beyond 240GB SSD. Apple wants to charge $800 for something Intel barely charges $500. Crazy.
  13. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Some of the first models they sold were having issues. Nowadays they are good and reliable drives.
    They offer good customer service, detailed instruction about how to perform the installation and caters a good service that many of us appreciate.

    What entity is certifying these drives?
  14. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    Are you saying you are not excited to see someone else's tracking information :-/

    Feck know who decides what's front page material, but decisions really are ....... Odd.
  15. All Taken macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    The machine warranty is still valid. Any replacement part that is used and not installed by an authorised service provider is not covered so this aftermarket SSD is not covered under Apple warranty but the entire remainder of the machine is. It's that simple and has been clarified several times with apple executive relations.

    If a manufacturer can prove the replacement part caused other issues related to warranty service they have a case but otherwise they just provide warranty for everything except that part.
  16. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    Well if it's ios = front Page it seems these days

    Macs = wherever
  17. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    That's incorrect under US law. Apple's warranty disclaims itself (which Apple is within their rights to do) in the event of any "unauthorized modification." Since there are no user-serviceable parts inside a retina (as opposed to the cMBP), Apple can void the warranty of a machine where someone has changed the SSD. No evidence of damage is required. Hence my question of whether OWC has received written authorization from Apple.
  18. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
  19. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    You got that right. It's "iOStoysRumors.
  20. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Too bad Samsung doesn't license to OWC or sell rMBP compatible drives in the 3rd party market. I'd get OWC if they would dump the crappy sandforce controllers their drives use. I need a SSD that doesn't drop 50% performance with filevault.
  21. boomer0001 macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    As I work for an AASP, Apple sends people to us that wants to modify their machine by using an Authorized Provider to maintain their warranty. We've put in SSD/HDD combo's in MBP's and iMacs and Apple honors their warranty because they used an AASP. With Retina Displays, it may not be User accessible, but it is AASP accessible and I don't see any reason why they wouldn't honor the warranty as long as an AASP performed the service work. My advice would be to call Apple prior to taking it in to an AASP so they can have it on their logs that you contacted them prior to performing any work as well as keeping receipts of the work performed after the date of the call.
  22. IGregory macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
    Because most of us don't go screwing around with a nicely built machine.
  23. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Certainly, and that's in line with what the law is. You work for an authorized Apple Service Center, and have, in effect, Apple's permission to work on machines. However, Apple could still void the warranty because the specific modification has not been authorized.
  24. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Exactly. US courts have held that the above holds true for cars where the dealer must show that the modifications caused the failure but not so for consumer electronics. Apple will void your warranty for something like this. RAM upgrades do not void the warranty. Sucks that one can't sell their original SSD for fear they may have issues and need to swap back to it but that's just how it goes.


    Werd. Very very few people will do this to their machines. Far less than 1%. Decent chance more than that will consider a Smart Cover.

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