• Newer MacBook Air Models Now Appear to be Using Faster Samsung SSDs

    When Apple refreshed the MacBook Air line last October, one of the most notable new features was the use of new blade type SSD drives. Taking the memory out of the old enclosures proved to be a great way to save space inside the cramped MacBook Air case, however, Apple did not use the fastest drives available at the time.

    ifixit conducted a detailed teardown of the 11-inch MacBook Air and they concluded that Apple has been using Toshiba's Blade XĖGail SSD drives in the refreshed models. It now appears that Apple has replaced the Toshiba drives with models manufactured by Samsung instead.

    It's currently unclear when Apple made the switch, but a quick look at that SSD model number clearly indicates that a new drive is now being used. It's really not too unusual for a company such as Apple to use components from a variety of sources, however, parts from different manufactures usually share the same specifications.

    The SSD drives now being used in current MacBook Air models appear to be manufactured by Samsung instead of Toshiba. One benefit of the switch is that these new drives are considerably faster than the previous models used. The older Toshiba SSD drives were cable of read times of 209.8 MB/s and write times of 175.6 MB/s. The newer SSD drives now have read times of 261.1 MB/s and write times of 209.6 MB/s. As you can see, the newer drives are considerably faster than the previous SSD drives that originally shipped with the refreshed MacBook Airs. I currently use a 13-inch MacBook Air that I purchased about a month ago, and the SSD drive model number is in fact SM256C, presumably manufactured by Samsung.

    In recent years, Apple has become less and less forthcoming with the exact technical specifications of the components they use in their products. Apple now prefers to promote features rather than technical specs when advertising their products. This does make sense, however, as apple now markets products to a wider audience than at any other time in the companies history.

    What does this mean for the average consumer? Well, itís nice to know that if youíve been wanting to buy a new MacBook Air, the current models are just slightly faster than the ones that came out last October.

    Source: AnandTech
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