As is always the case with Apple’s newer hardware, the Cupertino’s company’s latest MacBook laptops are notoriously difficult – in some cases, downright impossible – to upgrade or repair. Thankfully, unlike the 12-inch MacBook, the recently announced entry-level MacBook Pro – the one without the new Touch Bar or Touch ID – has a removable SSD.
This is quite a difference over the 12-inch MacBook, which has many, many of its parts soldered directly onto the logic board. This makes it impossible to upgrade key hardware of the laptop such as RAM and storage. Now that a teardown – done by the folks over at OWC – revealed that the new MacBook Pro features a removable SSD, it’s great to know that Apple did not sacrifice upgradability to reduce the overall weight and volume of its latest laptop.
However, parts used in MacBook laptops are usually proprietary; more likely than not, the same applies to the new MacBook Pro. Then again, while this may be the case, there were eventually third-party parts made for previous MacBook laptops. We imagine third-party SSDs for the new MacBook Pro will be made available eventually.
At the moment, only the entry-level MacBook Pro is confirmed to feature a removable SSD. After all, the MacBook Pro models with the new Touch Bar and Touch ID won’t be shipping to consumers until later this year. Hopefully, the higher-end models will also have removable SSDs.