I have tried 
    `nvme_load=yes`
in place of 
    `quiet ---`
with Ubuntu 18.04.1 and Xubuntu 18.04.
`df -h` results in only the system generated mounts and the installation media.
The weekly live including firmware image of Debian also fails to discover the ssd.

I have located more information on the SSD. I found this information in the system profiler on OS X High Sierra. 

    Apple SSD Controller:
    APPLE SSD AP1024M:
    Capacity:	1 TB (1,000,555,581,440 bytes)
    TRIM Support:	Yes
    Model:	APPLE SSD AP1024M
    Revision:	177.77.7
    Serial Number:	C02829600M9JPD216
    Link Width:	x4
    Link Speed:	8.0 GT/s
    Detachable Drive:	No
    BSD Name:	disk0
    Partition Map Type:	GPT (GUID Partition Table) . 
    Removable Media:	No
    S.M.A.R.T. status:	Verified 

`lsblk` from a xubuntu 18.04.1 live installer does not show any pcie or nvme devices.

Note: the installer and Gparted fail to list it. Typically these both require an unmounted drive to work with. So, it simply does not see the SSD. I read that this system uses a PCIE SSD , though im not sure how to send a kernel module to allow use of it.