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  • Aura SSD unveiled for Mid 2013 and Later Mac Laptops
    OWC today announced the all-new Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac laptops, the most anticipated SSD upgrade release in OWC’s history. In an era of ever-expanding storage needs, this long-awaited upgrade allows users, for the first time ever, to expand the stock storage that came with their Mac laptops and reuse their original factory drive to transfer data and as a high-performance external storage solution.



    Available in 480GB and 1.0TB capacities, Aura SSD upgrade kits are the first and only PCIe-based flash storage upgrades available for MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2013 and newer) and MacBook Air (Mid 2013 and newer) models.

    Features

    The first and only PCIe-based flash storage upgrades for Mid 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air
    480GB and 1.0TB capacity options
    Up to 8x the capacity of the Apple factory SSD
    Tier 1 flash with 7% over-provisioning
    Upgrade kits include all tools and an OWC Envoy Pro drive enclosure to repurpose the factory-installed flash drive
    Free install videos and award-winning support make it easy for users to do the upgrade themselves
    Three Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty.

    The Ultimate Storage Upgrade Made Easy
    With up to eight times the original capacity offered by Apple, Aura SSD upgrade kits make replacing the drive in your MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air as simple as removing a few screws with the included set of tools. Free, comprehensive install videos and award-winning customer support mean an OWC expert is with you every step of the way.

    No Hassles or Hacks
    OWC Aura PCIe-based flash storage upgrades are precisely engineered for your Mac, so you’ll never need to compromise your data by relying on complicated software hacks or TRIM enablers to get the most from your upgrade. Just install, migrate your data, and enjoy your MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air with the great performance of PCIe-based flash storage and up to eight times the original factory-installed capacity.

    Your Mac’s Stock Drive, Reimagined.
    Upgrading should be a seamless experience. That’s why Aura SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, the award-winning, high-performance enclosure designed to reimagine your Mac’s original flash drive. When the factory-installed flash drive is removed during the upgrade process, it fits perfectly into the Envoy Pro enclosure so you can transfer all of your data to the new Aura inside your Mac. Once the file transfer is complete, enjoy using your Mac’s original flash drive as a fast external USB drive with transfer speeds up to 355 MB/s.

    Quality in Every Bit
    OWC Aura PCIe-based flash storage is designed from the ground up for reliable performance and complete compatibility with your Mac. It begins with choosing only the highest-quality components, and then engineering a perfect-fit solution that simply works with your Mac.

    Tier-1 Flash – Aura SSDs use only top-rated flash for amazing performance and dependability.
    Superior Error Correction – Three-level error correction with low-density parity checks provides significantly improved reliability, and RAID-like protection for your data.

    Cell-Level Data Refresh – Aura’s powerful embedded processor monitors and re-writes data blocks as needed to maintain correct charge at the cell level, improving the integrity of your data and extending the life of your drive.

    Global Wear-Leveling – A global wear-leveling algorithm helps evenly distribute data across your SSD cells, extending the life of your drive by preventing any section of flash from getting worn out prematurely.
    “We are excited and proud to be the first manufacturer to bring to market a PCIe-based flash storage upgrade for Mid 2013 and later Macs,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, OWC. “With nearly two years in development, the new Aura SSD represents a significant engineering accomplishment. Users that may have had to closely manage their storage space on a small 128GB factory SSD will now have more room than ever before for their documents, photos, videos and music. Content creators such as photographers and musicians will also experience new-found flexibility and workflow options thanks to the greater storage capacity, especially with the 1.0TB Aura model.”

    Availability and Pricing
    The new OWC Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air is available for order with introductory pricing at select authorized OWC resellers and is expected to begin shipping in late March.

    OWC Aura SSD Upgrade Kits – All tools and Envoy Pro enclosure included:

    480GB – $449.99 (MSRP); $399.00 (Introductory Price)
    1TB – $719.99 (MSRP); $649.00 (Introductory Price)
    OWC Aura SSD Only:

    480GB – $379.99 (MSRP); $347.99 (Introductory Price)
    1TB – $649.99 (MSRP); $597.99 (Introductory Price)
    There’s Always an Upgrade
    The Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Macs joins OWC’s SSD lineup of 2.5”, PCIe, and SATA Blade SSD upgrades for virtually every Mac sold over the last decade.

    [via OWC]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Aura SSD unveiled for Mid 2013 and Later Mac laptops started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      Those prices..lol
    1. ArcaReborn's Avatar
      ArcaReborn -
      With those prices, i can buy me a new macbook [emoji23]
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Nice, would love a 2tb option though.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Yeah...what would the price on THAT be?..lol
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Easily over a grand I'd say lol. Be nice to have the option though. Sooner it's introduced then sooner the prices can eventually come down.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArcaReborn View Post
      With those prices, i can buy me a new macbook [emoji23]
      Hardly! [emoji12]

      .... But this is great for us pro audio engineers.. We often remove our optical drive and replace it with an SSD so we can cut audio to a non system drive - but internal. Awesome option for us! I have two SSD's in there now. System start up on Yosemite is 13 seconds.. Amazing! Can cut 50 tracks of audio at a time. Crazy.. Late 2013 Retina 13".
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Hardly! [emoji12]

      .... But this is great for us pro audio engineers.. We often remove our optical drive and replace it with an SSD so we can cut audio to a non system drive - but internal. Awesome option for us! I have two SSD's in there now. System start up on Yosemite is 13 seconds.. Amazing! Can cut 50 tracks of audio at a time. Crazy.. Late 2013 Retina 13".
      None of these have an optical drive to replace.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      None of these have an optical drive to replace.
      Ah.. So I have earlier model MacBookPro, then.. Right? I definitely have 2 SSD Drives in my MBPro.. Maybe I have late 2011?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Ah.. So I have earlier model MacBookPro, then.. Right? I definitely have 2 SSD Drives in my MBPro.. Maybe I have late 2011?
      Yes, you have an older one. The ones talked about in this article are pci-e. Which is why they are just coming out now, took a while for third party manufacturers to replicate what Apple is using now. Regular SSD drives aren't used in the newer MacBooks. They use a "blade" type SSD. Look like this:
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Yes, you have an older one. The ones talked about in this article are pci-e. Which is why they are just coming out now, took a while for third party manufacturers to replicate what Apple is using now. Regular SSD drives aren't used in the newer MacBooks. They use a "blade" type SSD.
      Image fixed in article. Thank you for letting me know
    1. bewie's Avatar
      bewie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Caiden Spencer View Post
      Image fixed in article. Thank you for letting me know
      Now there's a picture of an ancient SDRAM module.