News tagged ‘SSD’
According to the information released on the MacRumors Forums and MacGeneration, Apple launches 21.5-inch iMac with integrated 1TB Fusion Drive. Fusion drive, designed for the iMac and Mac mini, combines SSD and traditional hard disk drives into one logical volume.
"With Fusion Drive in your iMac, disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice."
Fusion Drive with 1TB is optional, costing $250. Previously this option was offered only on the latest version of 21.5 inch iMac and Mac mini, as well as 27 inch iMacs.
One of the interesting changes is a battery layout with space underneath the trackpad being free of battery cells. Instead of battery cells in that area, Apple has opted to mount the flash storage, thus allowing access to the trackpad if it needs to be replaced.
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October 23 at 10:00 am PT Apple will introduce new devices. We expect the new 7.85-inch iPad Mini, new iMac, new 13-inch Retina MacBook and new Mac Mini.
Live coverage begins Tuesday, October 23 at 9:30 am PT.
PowerNap is one of the new function included in OS X Mountain Lion. This feature was introduced at this year’s WWDC and allows your Mac update software, receive email and perform other tasks even when the system is in sleeping mode.
Apple lists all capabilities of the new feature on this
Toshiba SSD in new MacBook Air
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Citing an anonymous Samsung executive, The Korea Times has recently reported that Apple indeed plans to launch the 7.85-inch iPad model. The unknown Samsung’s executive revealed that Apple has committed a purchase at least $9.7 billion worth of components from the company, and if the demand for is strong, Apple’s expenditures will reach as much as $11 billion. The executive claims that the demand will be driven partly by the recently-released iPad, MacBook Air and a smaller iPad.
''The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung's faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,'' the official said.
Given the increasing popularity of Apple’s mobile devices and growing demand for smartphones, it is no surprise that Apple is raising its expenses on chips. The research firm Gartner
Digitimes is now reporting that Apple have ordered a small number of components for a 15-inch ultra-thin notebook that Apple is said to start shipping this month with mass shipments set for the beginning of March 2012.
Upstream suppliers of Apple have recently started shipping a small volume of components for a 15-inch ultra-thin notebook model from Apple in November and the device could be either MacBook Air or just a thinner MacBook Pro. The new MacBook is expected to appear as early as the second quarter of 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
It remains unclear whether the final version of the 15-inch laptop will be marketed as a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro. Rumors related to the new Apple’s notebook have been circulating since July, when we reported that Apple was finishing up work on a new ultra-thin laptop, and at the end of October it was rumored that Apple was finishing a “test phase” and the new machine was nearing the production. The Mac maker is also rumored to be developing a 17-inch ultraportable MacBook, though such a machine was not mentioned in Tuesday's report.
Back in February, Appleinsider reported that according to people familiar with the matter, Apple appears poised to move its MacBook Pro lines more toward the MacBook Air next year. So it is likely that the new Apple’s notebook will feature a SSD rather than HDD, similar to current MacBook Air models, and would forego an optical drive.
MacBook Air ships with either a moderately fast SSD from Toshiba or a significantly faster drive with an updated controller from Samsung. But some people want to have even faster drives. And SSD from OWC called
After Apple and Intel made joint announcement of the new Thunderbolt input/output technology, one of the highly anticipated products to work with this technology has been the Little Big Disk from LaCie. This drive, which comes in SSD and HDD variants, in February was announced to be launched in summer, however only now it have eventually arrived at Apple Stores worldwide. LaCie notes:
It is known that Apple upgraded from Toshiba SSDs to Samsung drives in the current MacBook Air line. Today Anandtech
Current SSD device Blade X-gale supporting SATA 2.6 will be abolished and new 19nm flash memory will be packaged into smaller chip and will be soldered on base circuit directly.
The new Flash chips will be built directly in the MacBook Air's motherboard; they support speeds of 400Mb/s, and will allow future controllers to run faster than today’s SSDs with "half the number of channels, providing both a cost and space savings", and could improve battery life for an hour or more.
The resulting power throttling capability enables the drive’s high-performance levels without any increase in power consumption over a 40nm-class 16Gb NAND-based 256GB SSD. The controller also analyzes frequency of use and preferences of the user to automatically activate a low-power mode that can extend a notebook’s battery life for an hour or more.