updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu July 3, 2008
MB Air SSD Price Cut
Apple on Friday has quietly cut the price on the MacBook Air's solid-state drive by $500, bringing the price of the pre-built 1.8GHz model with the 64GB flash drive to $2,598 from its previous $3,098. The cut also sees Apple drop the price of adding the solid-state drive to a 1.6GHz model to $599 from its original $999 and reduces the price of adding the faster 1.8GHz processor to $200 from its previous $300.
Apple has not provided an explanation for the price drop.
The discount comes as manufacturers are introducing a greater number of solid-state drives that double the capacity over previous models while in some cases reducing prices. Samsung, which supplies the 64GB drive used in the MacBook Air as well as multiple other ultraportable notebooks, expects to release an inexpensive 256GB drive late this year that will reduce the price for its level of storage while doubling the transfer speeds of existing drives; it should also maintain the same longevity as earlier disks. Enthusiast-oriented firm OCZ also plans a sub-$500 128GB drive for the near future.