A1708/EMC 3164 — Released June 2017, this entry-level MacBook Pro retains its traditional function keys (as opposed to the OLED Touch Bar).

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Can the SSD be replaced?

can replace with other ssd

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Sadly Apple now uses a very different removable SSD from the older retina models. Here's an image of the older model custom SSD:

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Here is the late 2016 function key model's custom SSD and I suspect they are still using it in the 2017 series:

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Here's the IFIXIT teardown where you can see the full story: MacBook Pro 13" Function Keys Late 2016 Teardown

At least this model has a removable SSD! The Touch Bar models use soldered SSD chips directly on the logic board and are not upgradable!

Now the rub... It took close to three years before a 3rd party (OWC) was able to make a compatible SSD for the older retina models. So while its replaceable it may not be upgradable by a 3rd party ($$$).

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The reason OWC took 3 years to make upgrades might have been due to a lack in demand for upgrades


Here's some good news BeetsTech has managed to get the custom drives! Here's the 1 TB version


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