OWC teardown notes removable/upgradable SSD in entry-level 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News


The good news is that you can slap a larger SSD in your new 13-inch 2016 equipped MacBook Pro.

The bad news is that you can’t do this with the SSD on the 15-inch model.

The cool cats at OCD have found that the 13″ entry-level MacBook Pro, the version without the Touch Bar, is now available at physical Apple retail stores across the country.

OWC was able to acquire a new MacBook Pro for testing purposes, and made the exciting discovery. That’s not to say that there will definitely be third-party SSD upgrades made available, but the fact that the drive isn’t soldered to the logic board is an encouraging find.

OWC noted the following points in its teardown.

– Bottom was more difficult to remove than previous generations, but it was not glued.

– Speaker module needs to be removed to pull SSD back.

– SSD had very strong tape covering the interface port.

– Laptop automatically turns on when you open it regardless of pressing power button.

OWC still has yet to release a full teardown of the new high-end 2016 Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro, although there’s hope that the SSD will also be removable and thus upgradable on this model as well.

Stay tuned for additional details.

Via 9to5Mac and OWC

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