updated 10:40 pm EST, Mon November 29, 2010
PhotoFast told to stop MB Air SSD kits by Apple
PhotoFast may have been asked by Apple to halt production of its SSD upgrade kit for the new MacBook Air. One source said that the Japanese storage maker had been asked to stop production a week ago. The reasons were unknown, the tipster told 9 to 5 that PhotoFast agreed to keep its involvement in Apple's MFi accessories program.
The halt wasn't necessarily permanent, and PhotoFast was reportedly waiting to see if it could resume production, according to the source.
Apple has put a halt to third-party accessories in the past, most recently HyperMac's external batteries as well as third-party adapters and cables, but these have usually centered on companies using patented technologies without a license, such as the MagSafe notebook connector. PhotoFast's accessory is adapted to the unique narrow SSD connector used on the MacBook Air, but the interface is standard SATA and isn't known to be violating a patent. The chipsets themselves are also standard and based on SandForce's memory controller.
Neither Apple nor PhotoFast has had an opportunity to comment on the rumored production freeze.