Mac computers with an M1 processor have been very well received thanks to their processing power and efficiency, but these new Apple products have also revealed some problems. The most recent seems to be the excessive wear of the SSD that equips these Macs, a problem that becomes more serious since Apple does not allow the replacement of components.
SSD drives already have a limited life span, so their faster wear can severely degrade the performance of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Mac Mini powered by the M1.
RAM limitation imposed by Apple’s M1 may not be ideal
Recently, there have been several cases of users complaining of excessive wear on their solid state drives.
Social networks have been swarming with people who complain that the count of data written on their SSDs reaches unusual values in a short period of time.
The problem may also be related to the fact that Macs with M1 have a maximum of 16 GB of RAM, leading some programs to use the SSD as a paging file.
The smaller the SSD, the shorter its lifetime
Some users with a Mac M1 with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD report writing about 600 GB of data in a few weeks, even with moderate usage.
Those with a Mac M1 computer with 16 GB RAM and 2 TB SSD indicate 3% of the total written bytes, a value that can reach 30% when using a smaller SSD.
If this rate remains the most certain, the disk will be completely spent in two years, forcing the customer to have the equipment repaired or to buy a new one.
It is not yet known if the problem is on the MacOS side or if the tool that reports the write and read data from the SSD has an error. In any case, it is a serious issue that Apple will have to resolve quickly.
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