OWC Unveils First SSD Upgrades for Mid 2013 and Later MacBooks

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced on Tuesday a major new step forward in upgrading the flash storage of your 2013 or later MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display. Now available are the OWC Aura solid state drives (SSD), which come in flavors of 480GB and 1TB. These storage drive upgrades are direct PCI-e drop-ins for any of the supported computers.
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.
This the first internal SSD upgrade ever to be made widely available for these models of Mac notebooks, and now multiplying your Mac’s storage by up to 8 times has never been easier. Because this is an internal upgrade, you won’t have to carry around an external drive with you just to have more storage, and you’ll get all of the speed advantages of a PCI-e connection.

No special software will be needed to use these drives either. They’re carefully engineered to work with your Mac, so no TRIM-enabling software will be necessary. If any issues should occur while using the drives, they are covered under OWC’s three-year warranty.
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.

Aura SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, a high-performance enclosure that lets you reuse 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, you can use your Mac’s original flash drive as a fast external USB drive with transfer speeds up to 355 MB/s.

Availability and PricingThe 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)

Orders placed through OWC for these Aura SSD upgrades will start shipping in March.

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