While the both the new Macbook Airs and the MacBook Pro with Retina Display have new, custom connectors for their SSDs, the updated 2012 13” and 15” MacBook Pros continue to use industry standard SATA drives for their storage. That’s great news for upgrading; it means you can install an OWC Mercury Electra 6G or Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD in the main drive bay and get the amazing performance boost that comes from an OWC Solid State Drive.
There’s also an optical drive in these models. It’s obvious Apple is moving away from the optical drive as a media source; they’ve removed it completely from both the Air and now the 2012 MBP Retina models. You can do the same with the standard MacBook Pros, except you can put something even more useful in its place: more storage! The OWC Data Doubler, allows you install any 9mm or narrower 2.5” SSD or platter-based drive in the optical bay, and fits without issue in the 2012 MacBook Pros.
You may recall the problems people had using 6Gb/s SSDs in the optical bay of some 2011 MacBook Pros, so we did some preliminary tests this time around, too. We’re happy to say that the 15” model can take a 6Gb/s drive in either bay. Unfortunately, we can’t recommend using a 6Gb/s drive in the optical bay of the 13” model at this time. In our testing, we found the 6Gb/s performance of the bay to be very poor. The 3Gb/s models work with no problems, though, so you can still put a high-capacity drive in the optical bay and put the super-fast 6G SSD in the main drive bay, where it’ll work just fine.
We will be reviewing options to resolve the problem in the 13″ 6Gb/s optical bay , just as we are continue to do so with the similar issue affecting the 2011 MacBook Pro 15″/17″ models.
Speaking of new Macs and what can/can’t be upgraded, stay tuned for our coverage on the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
ADDENDUM: Independent sources confirm Data Doubler and our 6G Extreme as offering incredible dual drive performance: http://macperformanceguide.com/blog/2012/20120708_2-MacBookPro15-dual-6G-ports.html
UPDATE – 9/20/2012
Good News! Apple released EFI Update 2.9 for MacBook Pro (Mid 2012), which appears to have resolved this issue! We’re locking down the comments here. All the coverage and comments are now concentrated here.
You know it’s happened to you. Your laptop starts acting up and you need to send it in, but you got rid of the original box years ago. Perhaps you got it as a hand-me-down or off of Craigslist and never had the box in the first place. So what are you going to do?
Sure, you could go and get a box from the post office and fill it with styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap, but when it comes down to it, the protection you get with that is “okay” at best.
Well, we have a solution for you: the OWC Universal Laptop Carton. With all the upgrade services, refurb units, and general repair of laptops over the years, we’ve learned a few things about the best way to pack a laptop for shipping. We’ve taken that info and put together a shipping carton specifically designed for the transport of laptops.
A durable singlewall corrugated box (capable of withstanding the Edge Crush Test up to 44lbs/in) to protects against the rigors of transit. Next, three layers of foam cushion your laptop during transit, and can be custom sized to fit both the computer and any accessories you may have. Finally, a heavy duty plastic sleeve is there to protect against any remaining environmental hazards that may have made their way through.
Nobody likes having to ship their laptop somewhere, but with the OWC Universal Laptop Carton, at least you can be sure it’s protected while it travels.
Other World Computing announced today through its in-house MaxRAM testing lab the immediate availability of high performance OWC PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB memory modules that provide 12GB and 16GB memory configurations for the new 2011 MacBook Pro models. Now, with these OWC Upgrades, new MacBook Pro model owners can add up to twice the factory maximum installed memory.
OWC Memory Upgrades Offer More Configuration Options:
Not available as factory memory upgrade option.
Other World Computing announced today OWC DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrades up to 8GB for the new MacBook Pro 13“, 15″, and 17″ models announced by Apple today. OWC Memory upgrades offer owners of the newest MacBook Pro models savings of up 55% versus the factory installed 8GB option as well as a 6GB total memory upgrade option not available from the factory.
OWC Memory Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Pro 13“, 15″, and 17″ models:
Replaces an existing 2GB factory installed module for 6GB of total memory.
Not available as factory memory upgrade option
$111 lower cost than factory installed 8GB memory upgrade.
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It’s sure been a while since we talked about our OWC Instructional Series of videos. That doesn’t mean we’re not still cranking them out, though. In fact, we just put a couple more up today.
Now, with the help of our highly-acclaimed series of videos, you can:
- Upgrade/replace memory in a:
- 13″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2010)
- iMac (Mid 2010)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
- Use a Data Doubler to add a second hard drive to a:
- 17″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2009)
- 17″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2010)
- 15″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2009)
- 13″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2010)
- “Build Your Own”:
- Mercury Pro Optical Drive
- NewerTech Guardian MAXimus
- Learn about our two new Turnkey Programs
It’s a lot of great new info! If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to drop by our Tech Center or our YouTube Channel!