With Apple about to ship the new iMac you may be wondering whether to cough up extra cash for the Fusion Drive. A report today suggests that Apple’s being evil by forcing users to pay extra for a 128GB SSD upgrade that uses a proprietary connector and therefore shuts out cheaper third party offerings.
A report has appeared damning Apple for the Fusion Drive which is described as an “extremely devious scheme” because Apple has combined it with its proprietary SSD connector, which means consumers can’t purchase less expensive third party SSD drives.
MacTrast claims Apple is “pressuring users into overpaying for hardware”, adding: “It’s an evil, anti-consumer trick veiled under the thin mask of what Apple considers innovation.”
The report suggests that the “Fusion Drive, combined with Apple’s proprietary SSD connector, is essentially an anti-consumer trick designed to force users into purchasing Apple’s more expensive hardware upgrades rather than cheaper third-party parts.”
Unfortunately you can’t just buy your own third-party SSD drive and combine it with the standard hard drive to take advantage of Apple’s Fusion Drive software. “Apple made sure of that by using their own proprietary SSD connector, introduced with the Retina MacBook Pro, rather than the standard mSATA connection,” writes MacTrast.
Even worse, with this proprietary connector Apple has simply modified the shape of the existing mSATA connector: “The pins between Apple’s connector and standard mSATA match up perfectly,” claims the site.
“Tweaking a connector in order to force customers into buying upgrades directly from Apple isn’t innovation. It’s an evil, anti-consumer trick veiled under the thin mask of what Apple considers innovation,” the report states.
An upgrade to Apple’s Fusion Drive for the Mac mini will cost buyers an additional $300, while the SSD costs $360. Mactrats also notes that there is one compatible SSD drive option from OWC, who offers a 512GB SSD.
You may, however, decide that the combination of Apple’s software makes the $300 upgrade price worthwhile. In our tests of the Mac mini with Fusion Drive we found that it made for a “giant leap in performance”.