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iFixit: Hardware upgrade for Mac Studio is impossible

The internal storage of the Mac Studio is changeable but not upgradeable, according to an iFixit teardown.

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Since the release of Mac Studio last week, many tech outlets have done “teardowns” to show users what’s inside. Obviously, the Mac Studio has a memory slot, but can users upgrade it themselves?

Users can replace the Mac Studio memory, but not upgrade, according to a test done by iFixit.

Mac Studio

The Mac Studio, like the Mac Pro, features two internal SSD connections that are easily accessible. Unfortunately, this does not imply that users can purchase a Mac Studio in a specific configuration and later upgrade to a new SSD with additional capacity.

Mac Studio does not identify SSD combinations other than the default SSD, according to iFixit’s testing. The repair business attempted to use many SSDs in the Mac Studio, but none of them were recognized by the system. Mac Studio refuses to identify even a single SSD with a different capacity than the original.

However, there is one thing that may be done, which is to replace the internal SSD with a similar-capacity SSD. In this situation, the Apple Configurator program will allow you to install macOS on that SSD, after which Mac Studio should work well.

It’s also unclear why Apple would chose detachable SSDs over non-replaceable ones, but it’s likely tied to Apple’s upcoming Self-Repair Program, which will offer repair components to customers who request them. This manner, if a user’s SSD in Mac Studio starts to fail, they can replace it with a new one.

According to iFixit’s breakdown, the Mac Studio, like previous Macs, has proprietary screws buried throughout, making repairs more difficult. Except for the Mac Pro and other components like the RAM embedded into the SoC, the dual-fan cooling system is perhaps the largest on any Mac.

Dismantling a Studio Display

iFixit now reveals what’s within the Studio Display in addition to Mac Studio. The built-in camera appears to be comparable to the one found in several Apple iPhone and iPad models. It was also no easy chore to disassemble it, as one might anticipate.

iFixit offers Mac Studio a score of 6 out of 10. Apple’s new computer, according to the firm, is “not nearly ready for pros yet.”

5/5 - (4 votes)

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