During Max Tech’s teardown of the Mac Studio, the channel’s host, Max Yuryev, discovers something very interesting about Apple’s new hardware: two SSD ports. This may mean that the Mac Studio is upgrade anyway.
And there’s more good news: the SSD slots seem relatively easy to access – in the video, Yuryev removes the rubber backing from the Studio to reveal four screws connecting the lower part of the device’s case. After removing that panel, Yuryev sees two SSD ports under the Mac Studio’s power supply that he says can be accessed without taking the device further apart (5:46).
As Yuryev continues to disassemble the Studio, removing the power supply and aluminum back, he gets a closer look at the SSD ports (8:24). At first glance, he says the ports are similar to those on his 2019 Mac Pro, but when he tries the Mac Pro’s SSD, it doesn’t quite fit. Apple’s SSD Kit for the Mac Pro allows users to replace their existing SSD with an SSD that supports up to 8 TB of storage.
But as Yuryev points out, Apple’s comment on Mac Studio’s product page blatantly says that users can’t access the device’s storage. “Mac Studio storage is not accessible to the user,” the note reads from Apple. “If you think you’ll need more storage capacity in the future, consider configuring to a higher capacity.”
The Mac Studio can be configured with up to 8 TB of internal storage; the standard model with 512 GB SSD storage costs $1,999, and adding 8 TB tacks at an extra $2,400. While the Studio’s internal storage may be upgraded at some point, it’s worth noting that because the RAM is integrated into Apple’s M1 chip, there’s no way to upgrade it after purchasing the machine.
It’s unclear if we’ll get a similar DIY SSD installation kit for the Mac Studio in the future, as Apple’s wording suggests it may want to have that work done by a professional. Apple currently lets users take their iMac Pros to Apple Stores or authorized service providers to add more RAM — but that doesn’t stop tech tinkerers from doing it themselves with third-party components (like those offered by Mac part supplier OWC).