We wish that we could say this is
shocking news, but when it comes to Apple's rabid defense of its
products, it's par for the course. According
to 9 to 5 Mac, Apple has forced PhotoFast to cease
production of its SSD
upgrade for the latest MacBook Airs. In fact, the product page
for the SSD has also
been taken down.
9 to 5 Mac reports that
PhotoFast is a member of Apple's
MFi licensing program which allows it to make accessories for
Apple products. Apparently, Apple threatened to give PhotoFast the
boot from the program if they didn't comply with its request.
What makes Apple's move even more
strange is that the PhotoFast SSD upgrade -- like the Toshiba
SSD that comes in all of the new MacBook Airs -- uses the
industry standard mSATA connector and not a proprietary Apple
connector (like the 30-pin dock connector found on iOS devices).
The PhotoFast GM2 SFV1 Air makes use of
the SandForce SF-1200 controller and offers maximum read speeds of
250MB/sec. It was to be made available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
capacities. The company also made the ingenious move of including a
USB 3.0 thumb drive "shell" so that customers wouldn't be
wasting the stock SSD once removed from their machines.
All of that appears to be for naught
now that Apple has voiced its opposition.