OWC Launches New Aura Pro X2 SSDs for Older MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Models

Tuesday April 16, 2019 9:28 AM PDT by Juli Clover

Other World Computing today announced the launch of new Aura Pro X2 SSDs, which are designed to offer double the speed of Apple's SSDs at half the price.

Compared to its existing Aura SSD options, the Aura Pro X2 offers lower power consumption, lower heat, and better battery life. OWC says the SSDs it's offering to Mac users are cheaper, faster, and better.


The Aura Pro X2 SSDs offer read speeds up to 3200MB/s and write speeds up to 2400MB/s, with a maximum of 2TB of storage. OWC has designed the SSDs to be compatible with the latest versions of macOS, with support for APFS.

OWC says the new Aura Pro X2 SSDs are available for MacBook Air models from Mid 2013 to 2017, Retina MacBook Pro models from Late 2013 to Mid 2015, the 2013 Mac Pro, and the 2014 Mac mini, making OWC's upgrade option a solid one for eking more life out of an older Mac.

The Aura Pro X2 SSDs are not compatible with the 2018 ‌MacBook Air‌ or the redesigned ‌MacBook Pro‌ models released from 2016 to 2018.

OWC ships SSDs with an Envoy Pro enclosure designed to house your original SSD so you can repurpose it as an external USB drive and also use it to transfer your data to the new SSD.

Pricing on the Aura Pro X2 SSD starts at $120 for the 240GB model with SSD only, and goes up to $700 for the 2TB model. OWC offers 240GB, 480GB, 1TB, and 2TB options. Slightly more expensive packages with tools, transfer enclosures, heat sinks (desktop machines) and more are available for those who need the extra equipment.

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13 months ago

What ever happened to the bottom case attachment yoy were making for new MBP’s to add ports/functionality?

DEC lives - our Inxtron acquisition adds needed engineering resources to bring the full vision to reality
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13 months ago
Things like these make me bitter that everything these days is soldered on to the Motherboard.... I'll likely stick with my 2015 mac till that changes.
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13 months ago
I really hope the reliability is improved on these. I heard only bad things about the first gen of these.
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13 months ago
Just installed the 480 into my 13" MacBook Pro 2015.

Here are my before and after.

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13 months ago
I was looking online today about it. I guess a lot of these aftermarket SSD upgrades are NVMe, but Apple's bootrom doesn't fully support sleep/hibernation with these. Looks like there are workarounds (disabling hibernation, or installing a modded rom/firmware), but either disable something, or are hard to do for the basic consumer.

Kinda wish there was a similar upgrade for the 5K iMac. Would be fun to get a Fusion drive, and upgrade both the SSD & HDD.
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12 months ago

Ouch! Is that related at all to the SSD, or just a Spotlight failure that would've happened anyway?

Seems like an issue with how the SSD and Mojave communicate.

I never would have a full system spotlight index every time I turn on my computer. That should only happen when you install a new drive / OS.

Returning this ASAP.
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