Apple resolves M1 Mac SSD storage longevity issue in macOS 11.4 beta
Previous issues surrounding reporting tools reporting heavy wear on SSDs in Apple Silicon Macs now appear to be fixed in the latest beta of macOS.
Solid State Drives (SSDs) can only be written to so many times before they can become unusable, but it takes many years. A series of reports in February 2021 about the SSDs inM1 Macs, however, appeared to show that their lifespan was considerably reduced.
At the time, an AppleInsider source within Apple, not authorized to speak on behalf the company, told us that it was a data reporting error within the tools used to report SSD wear. According to that source, it was not believed to be an actual hardware issue with the SSD, nor were the SSDs aging notably faster than prior because of RAM swap or other reasons.
Now that same source has told AppleInsider that the issue has been fixed in the latest beta of macOS. AppleInsider can also now independently confirm that macOS 11.4 beta 2 is reporting proper uptime statistics as well, where it was not previously.
Separately, users on Twitter including one of the developers working on the Linux port to Apple Silicon, developer Hector Martin, have now also reported that the issue is resolved.
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June 4, 2021 at 04:23AM