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Let’s say you bought one of the swanky new 11.6-inch MacBook Air base models -- you know, the one with a mere 64GB of storage. Now you’ve realized that your iPhoto library alone will consume a huge chunk of that. What to do? Soon you may be able to upgrade to 256GB -- and keep your old 64GB as a USB 3.0 flash drive.
Engadget is reporting that Taiwanese firm PhotoFast Global Inc. has announced the GM2 SFV1 Air, an upgrade kit for the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air (the manufacturer doesn’t say anything about using it with the 13.3-inch model). While the “pioneer in creative, high quality and extreme performance flash-based storage” has yet to announce a price or availability date, it’s good to know that such options will soon exist for those of us feeling cramped by the base 64GB of storage.
“Apple Fans deserve better things,” the PhotoFast product page exclaims. “The new MacBook Air has already been a successful product. It's ultra portable, good performance and gorgeous industrial design. But we have decided to offer even more. An alternative SSD choice from PhotoFast where users would benefit more from its great performance and large capacity. Now the 11.6" MacBook Air with 256GB SSD comes to your option list.”
In addition to promising a 30 percent performance increase over Apple’s original storage, PhotoFast’s kit includes a USB 3.0 adapter which you can use to clone your current system onto the new 256GB upgrade. After you’ve swapped out the storage, you can use the USB 3.0 adapter to house your original 64GB storage.
According to the PhotoFast website, it appears the company may also be offering a 128GB version as well -- but really, if you have the option to go from 64GB to 256GB, which route are you gonna take?
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