If you’re using one of Apple’s more recent MacBook Pros with Retina Display or a mid-2013 or later MacBook Air, up until now you’ve pretty much been stuck with whatever SSD storage Apple gives you — the proprietary interface on these more recent MacBooks have made homegrown upgrades a challenge. Fortunately, OWC Digital has just released the new Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac laptops ($348 — $649), providing recent MacBook users the ability to seamlessly upgrade their storage to eight times the capacity of their stock SSDs with no more effort than removing a few screws.
Available in 480GB and 1TB capacity options, the new Aura SSD kit is the first and only PCIe-based flash storage upgrade for these recent MacBooks. The SSD sports Tier 1 flash with 7 percent over-provisioning, and a three-year OWC SSD limited warranty. The SSD units are available as either just the drive itself or as a complete upgrade kit, including all tools and free install videos and support — OWC even bundles in an OWC Envoy Pro drive enclosure so that you can repurpose your old factory-installed flash drive for use as an external drive.