The March 2015 update of Apple's 11" MacBook Air features fifth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, resulting in slightly increased performance and battery life.

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Upgrade MacBook Air 11" ssd by using MacBook Pro retina 512gb ssd

I do have a MacBook Air 11" early 2015, I would like to use the MacBook Pro retina 512gb ssd to fit into my MacBook Air 11", is that possible?

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Sadly the SSD's are very different.

Apple has used over the years many different units ones based on their own design and are now leaning to established standards both physically & logically.

Lets look at them:

While they looks the same they use different interfaces!

The M.2 connection is the same as well as the number of the PCI lanes. The interface protocols are different. The newer MacBook Pro uses NVM Express while the MacBook Air uses AHCI.

Bottom line here you can't switch them about.

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According to OWC, that's not the case; their Mid 2013-2015 cards are listed as compatible with both Retinas and Airs, in both sizes. Is it possible you're thinking of the earlier 2012-2013 systems?


@adlerpe - We're both right here! First we need to look at the time point I posted this OWC didn't have a blade SSD offering yet. There SSD offers both mSATA (AHCI) as well as PCIe x2 (NVM) interfaces. While the Apple custom SSD's are not dual interfaced.


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