PhotoFast announced one of the first replacement SSDs for Apple’s new, slimmer MacBook Airs. The spec was much better than the one that Apple shipped with and would make the MacBook Airs go like the clappers.
But according to Ars Technica, Jobs’ Mob ordered the company to stop all production of the upgrades.
The new Airs ran on SSD drive modules based on Toshiba drive controllers. PhotoFast announced its own reverse-engineered replacement SSD modules just seven days after the new MacBook Airs dropped.
The company design used SandForce controllers, known to be the fastest available. The SSD in a MacBook Pro could manage 60MB/s, PhotoFast’s replacement module can do 200MB/s.
It is not clear why Apple is being so heavy handed. PhotoFast could have fallen foul of an agreement between Apple and Toshiba, but Tosh could have moaned to Jobs’ Mob that the hardware infringes on its IP. If it was the latter then that should not really have involved Apple.
But lately we have been seeing Jobs’ Mob cracking down on suppliers who make nice products to run on Apple gear.
Apple recently sued accessory maker HyperMac over unlicensed backup batteries that used Apple’s MagSafe and Dock connectors to power MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones.
It is possible that Apple does not like the idea of people making gear which might be superior to the original spec.
PhotoFast has said that it only complied with Apple’s request because it did not want to jeopardise its current licence to make official accessories for Macs and iPads. In the meantime it will be users who miss out on faster SSDs for their expensive toys. Not that they will ever complain. If Steve says they should not have faster SSDs, then that is good enough for most Apple fanboys.