The Web lit up yesterday with reports that Apple will be putting even more pressure on the so-called ultrabook market with a $799 MacBook Air, the first ready-to-use Mac priced that low since the days of the Indigo G3 iMac. It may sound unreasonable--given the source and Apple's penchant for profits--but this rumor's not as far-fetched as it seems (you know, assuming Apple ever updates its Macs again).
There’s fast, and then there’s really fast, and then there’s the disbelief that you’ve been driving in the slow lane for so long. After the debut of the Thunderbolt I/O, we were excited at the idea of syncing at 10Gb/s speeds, but the first batch of portable drives with Thunderbolt were all platter-based HDDs, and those internal discs can only spin so fast. Speedier solid-state drives can take better advantage of Thunderbolt’s potential, as Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD clearly demonstrates.
You know the symptoms: applications don’t open as fast as they used to, and you always seem to be running out of space on your hard drive. It’s painful to admit, but your MacBook Pro that was so shiny a year ago may finally be showing its age. But you don’t have to put your faithful companion out to pasture––or make another $2,000 trip to the Apple Store––just yet. Save those pennies while you work (and play) more productively by upgrading your MacBook Pro yourself.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that revealed plans for a next generation Hybrid Drive utilizing both a hard-disk drive (HDD) and a flash drive.
Intel will be releasing a hybrid drive system in 2012, called Smart Response; but Apple’s application indicates they have plans to make their own. Where Intel’s hybrid will focus on putting mass storage on an HHD but keeping the OS, favorite apps, and essential services on a Solid State Drive (SSD), Cupertino seems to be focusing more on handling issues that cause HDD failures.
If the performance of your unibody MacBook Pro just isn't cutting it, it might be time to consider swapping out the stock hard drive for something a little more speedy, like a solid-state drive. And actually, when we say a little more speedy, we actually mean that you can double the speed of your current system by swapping out the stock hard drive for an SSD.
There are plenty of manufacturers who offer SSDs made especially for your unibody MacBook Pro, and physically installing the hardware is actually quite a cinch. Follow along and we'll show you how.