PhotoFast’s MacBook Air SSD Upgrades Killed By Apple

PhotoFast, manufacturer of a SSD upgrade kit for the MacBook Air has stopped all production of the unit because of a request from Apple.

PhotoFast’s kit which used a Toshiba X-gale SSD and came in 64, 128 and 256GB capacities is no longer in production according to Daily Tech. PhotoFast, which is part of Apple’s MFi program and can make third party accessories was threatened to end production or risk being kicked out of the pgogram. Not wanting to damage its relationship with Apple, the Japanese based company no longer sells the upgrade kits and the product page is down.

The SSD kit used a standard mSATA connection and does not use any propietary parts. It’s very unusual that Apple would threaten a MFi licensee over a SSD upgrade kit but concerns over short supply of Toshiba’s X-gale SSD could have influenced Apple’s decision.

Tanner Godarzi
Tanner is tech-savvy with an eye for great content who is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California—Orange County. Tanner has been a freelance Blogger and Social Media consultant for over 4 years and contributed content for O'Reilly's "Big Book Of Apple Hacks." Tanner has blogged for industry notables such as Hadley Stern for Apple Matters, C.K. for Obsessable and gave insight about Social Media for The Blog Herald. Tanner resides in Huntington Beach and is a cycling enthusiast.


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