Solid State Drives On Their Way
According to this report we might see a portable Apple offering with solid state drives (or at least a hybrid) in the second half of 2007. This is very exciting for many reasons. Solid state drives do not fail nearly as much as spinning drives, they use less power and they generate less heat all while increasing performance. Obviously a “hybrid” solid state/spinning drive is still going to have moving parts, and therefore will continue to run a risk of “breaking”, but this is a giant step forward for solid state drive technology. Of course Apple is not commenting on the “rumor” at this point, but this is standard operating procedure for their Public Relations department. The first question that comes to my mind is whether or not I’ll be able to swap out my SATA drive for a new hybrid drive. I’d love to get more battery life from my MacBook Pro and it sounds like a solid state drive would be ideal. Exciting stuff from Cupertino!