Mac Studio: Removable SSD but software locked. No do-it-yourself interventions

Last week a video teardown of the new Mac Studio brought to light an interesting technical solution introduced by Apple, namely the‘Removable SSD. The discovery led to the belief that an update of the platform by the user would be possible: in theory it would be enough to replace the integrated SSD with another one of greater capacity.

Possibility that, however, for the moment seems to be entirely theoretical, given that essentially one intervenes to block the hardware update software protection introduced by Apple. The same applies if you want to take advantage of the second SSD slot to expand the memory: also in this case the operation is unsuccessful due to the software block.

Documenting what is in fact an annoying limitation is the YouTuber Luke Miani and it is necessary to make an important premise: the various tests were carried out using a second SSD taken from a second Mac Studio, therefore no hardware incompatibility. Under no circumstances are the various tests successful and in the end the author of the video must give up and accept that Apple prevents any user intervention on SSDs.

It must be said that the conclusion highlighted by the tests is perfectly in line with what the Cupertino house has always stated about the Mac Studio storage memory: it is not accessible to the user and those who need more space should, right away, consider configurations with higher capacity.

However, it remains a bitter taste in the mouth because, unlike other Apple devices with M1, the storage memory is not soldered on the motherboard, and moreover Mac Studio is not even a tablet or laptop, but a desktop computer from which you can would expect this kind of expandability. This is obviously an exclusively commercial choice that forces the user to choose only the memory configurations proposed by Apple. It’s also a step back from another “pro” machine from the Company: the 2019 Mac Pro offered the ability to add more SSDs without these constraints.


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