SSD Upgrade possibilty or soldered onto board?
Eager to find out if it will be possible to user upgrade the PCIE SSD.
From the Apple presentation it appeared the SSD flash chips are soldered! This makes sense as it follows the same design the T2 chip uses in the other systems it is used in: iMac Pro, MacBook Pro 2018, and the new MacBook Air as well. Apple uses raw flash chips in a very different design than what a typical SSD drive uses.
The systems cooling was improved dramatically! It looks like the space the drives once used is now taken by the fan.
The good news is the RAM is serviceable! So you can upgrade it later and from the presentation it will support 64 GB of RAM!
According to a review released today:
Macworld's Ramon Loyola:
The $799 model comes with a 128GB drive, but if that isn’t enough, Apple offers upgrades all the way up to 2TB if you’re willing to pay. The SSDs are PCI-e cards and Apple doesn’t consider them user-upgradeable. So, if you prefer to house your storage inside the computer instead of attaching an external drive, you might consider shelling out more money for an upgrade.
I think a guide to setting up a Fusion Drive including the internal SSD and an external HDD would be a great idea to have on IFIXIT.
It’s not really a hardware thing, but it sort of is, and it would be in the spirit of iFixit.
I don’t have one of these (yet) so I won’t be writing one up too soon. Feedback on the idea please!