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Rumor: new MacBook Pros could get faster SSD option

updated 08:03 pm EDT, Thu May 17, 2012

May even be standard equipment

Unconfirmed reports of Apple testing Ivy Bridge-based MacBook Pro prototypes with latest-generation SSD storage may suggest that the company is considering making the faster drives part of the standard configuration of the new machines, which are expected to utilize a super-thin redesign like the MacBook Air and debut sometime in the near future. Whether the machines would continue to offer room for traditional notebook HDDs is unknown.

Though SSD storage is significantly faster than traditional hard drives, it is currently much more expensive to offer (though average prices are now lowering, which will drive more consumer demand). The reports of Apple adopting new SSD drives in the future MacBook Pros is as yet speculative.

The latest generation of SSD, typified by the Samsung 830 series, costs half as much as earlier-generation SSDs while delivering twice the read and write performance of SSDs currently used in shipping products like the MacBook Air. A claim reported by 9to5Mac alleged that Apple has been using the Samsung drive in prototypes.

The rumored move to a standard SSD configuration may not go down well with all MBP buyers, as some -- particularly pro video users -- will see the move as restrictive on internal storage space at a high premium price. It's also possible that Apple could utilize a much smaller standard SSD for the system and booting only, leaving room for a traditional notebook HDD if customers prefer. The new design is also said to eschew any optical drive, making for additional space savings.

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs referred to the thin design of the MacBook Air as "the future of the entire MacBook line" when he introduced the device in early 2008. At the time, reviews held that while the Air was remarkable, too many design compromises had been made. A revamp in 2010 addressed most criticisms, and the ultra-portable has been a popular choice with consumers ever since.

The forthcoming MacBook Pro has been speculated to offer a range of changes, from a thinner design and SSD standard to the dropping of an optical drive, higher-resolution screens and other features. Any new model would be using the latest Ivy Bridge chips from Intel, but beyond that not much is assured. It's expected by many that Apple will announce the new MBP at or around the Worldwide Developer's Conference in early June.

Samsung PM830 SSD

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mac synapse ?

    I keep hoping for a native variant on

  1. davesmall

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Agree with Bobolicious

    The best design would give us both an SSD for hot data and a high capacity hard drive for cold data.

  1. RiquiScott

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SSD Size

    The coin in the picture is the Korean 100 won, and is about the same size as a U.S. quarter, if anyone was curious.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice, but

    I'm more interested in when USB3 will reach us instead. (I wouldn't care, except Apple abandoned FireWire just when it was getting interesting...)

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds great, but

    No more Samsung parts!! Please.

  1. jc957

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't wait..

    "particularly pro video users -- will see the move as restrictive on internal storage space at a high premium price" a pro video editor, I disagree. I don't know of many pro editors that keep their media on their main drive. I would imagine if it is a very small project, that may be the case. We have been using a tower for graphic work and MBPros tied into a server at the office(or if on the road, an external drive) for every day cutting and the one thing we have been saying is that we can't wait for the new MBPros to come out with SSDs. The guys that we have seen with SSDs in their MBPros running both Premiere and Avid are running much faster than we are...and our MBPros with 7200rpm 500gb drives are only 3 years old but are slugs compared to the guys with the 500gb SSDs. I guess it is all relative to what you have. We can't wait for the new ones!!

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More battery life

    When will Apple get over this silliness about thin? I use my Macs. I don't put them on display at art museums. I'd much rather see more battery life than have an eighth of an inch shaved off the thickness.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I will buy a faster SSD

    Whatever they put into the Macbook pro, I will get one -- unless I get an iMac instead.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    By the way

    I am happy to be a 'fresh-faced recruit' since 1999

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