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SSD in the lower-end model?

Hi guys,

Thanks for this great tear-down. Obviously you opened up the top-of-the-line model (since it's got a 512GB SSD).

While there is hope that in the future we might be able to swap the SSD in that model, do you think the connection for the 256GB SSD model could be different since they don't offer an alternative disk size (256GB only)?

I.e. if we go with the lower-end model (we don't care much for the extra CPU power), would we have the same *potential* upgradeability for the SSD as the bigger model?

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The updated 2012 13” and 15” MacBook Pros continue to use industry standard SATA drives for their storage. You can install any 9mm or narrower 2.5” SSD or platter-based drive in the optical bay.

http://blog.macsales.com/

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Hey Mayer, that's true for the regular MBPs, but not the MBP w/Retina Display. The Retina Display model uses an SSD with a proprietary connector.

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And, has no internal optical drive (like the MacBook Air)

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I understand Miro, my statement was for the updated machines, not the Retina. The question was about the lower end models. My statement is a direct quote from OWC.

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As Jan mentioned, it's unlikely that the SSD connector in the "cheap" model will be any different. However, we have one of the base units coming in, so I can let you know for sure in a day or two.

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That's my assumption as well... but I don't want to make a $2,199 assumption ;) I'll eagerly await your update.

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I'd doubt, from an assembly perspective, they'd change the internal layout for the lower-specced model. Since the delivery dates have slipped to almost a month anyway, it might be worthwhile to await some teardowns that are bound to show up - just to be sure.

In any case, the SDXC slot offers a theoretical upgrade capacity of 2TB. Current SDXC carts go up to 128GB, but that will most certainly go up. At first, I was bummed because of the lack of upgrade capacity, but the SDXC slot can provide you with all the storage you need very elegantly.

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@Jan, what kind of performance would I get running virtual machines on an SD card though?

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Check out Arstechnica write up on SSDs: http://arstechnica.com/feature-series/th...

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