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1 TB microSD Card

Western Digital (via Peter Hosey):

Get extreme speeds for fast transfer, app performance, and 4K UHD. Ideal for your Android™ smartphone, action cameras or drones, this high-performance microSD card does 4K UHD video recording, Full HD video, and high-resolution photos. The super-fast SanDisk Extreme® microSDXC™ memory card reads up to 160MB/s* and writes up to 90MB/s.

Amazing that these tiny cards can how hold 1 TB. It would be great to have a microSD slot on the MacBook Pro.

The 1 TB version costs $250, whereas Apple charges $400 to upgrade from 1 TB to 2 TB of storage on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. You’re getting very different things, though. The MacBook Pro’s internal SSD is much faster, but it can’t be expanded later, and you have to pay for it all up front. SD Cards keep your data separate, so you can use them for backups and transfer them between Macs. You can keep adding more to store more files.

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Good points but of course USB-microSD card readers are available and not that expensive so the scenario is still an option for MacBook Pro users...

The weird thing is that all of the USB-C flash drive solutions I see on Amazon (either Micro SD or permanent flash) look to be as big or bigger than their USB-A counterparts (for the part that would stick out once you plugged it into your computer). Wasn't one of the selling points of USB-C that it'd take up less space? The connector is smaller, but nothing else seems to be.

@Niall Yeah, it’s just so much nicer to have it built into the computer so that you can leave the card in (and not unmount it) when you put the Mac into a case. It ruins the advantages of having such a tiny card compared with just attaching a USB cable and a hard drive.

>it’s just so much nicer to have it built into the computer so that you can leave the card in (and not unmount it) when you put the Mac into a case

For computers that don't have sd card readers, but do have regular USB ports, there are USB card readers for microSD cards where you stick the card literally inside the actual USB plug, so the whole contraption only sticks a few mm out of the port. Here's an example of what I'm talking about: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000228396292.html

This could be a reasonable option for older MacBooks.

Man, forget Macs, imagine how nice microSD on iOS devices would be!

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