Fact: There’s no such thing as too much storage. The more memory that a device has, the happier its owner will be. There is however, such a thing as paying too much for extra storage, and that’s why we’ve yet to see an iPad or an iPhone with a higher capacity than 64GB.
If you’re building a mobile device like a smartphone, tablet or even a laptop, flash storage, also known as a solid-state drive (SSD) is the way to go. As they contain no moving parts, they’re less likely to break down over time due to repetitive motion, and if the device they’re baked into gets dropped, there’s no risk of the kind of data loss that we associate with old school hard drives. Since there are no drive platters, there are no drive platters to damage. They’re also wicked fast compared to traditional hard drives.
Those ugly patent battles appear to be taking a toll on another front, according to a new report claiming that Apple is shifting its memory purchases away from longtime favorite (and current patent litigation foe) Samsung, who currently holds a 40 percent share of the global DRAM market -- but maybe not for long.
With Apple widely rumored to be introducing refreshed MacBook Air models on or shortly after the release of OS X Lion this month, little is known about what might be different from the existing versions, but a new report claims the company may be using faster flash memory for the diminutive notebook’s storage.
It’s a foregone conclusion that each new iteration of the iPhone and iPod touch will get bigger, faster and generally better. That first part appears to already be in the cards as Toshiba has now announced the availability of a high-capacity flash memory module for Q1 2010.