If you haven’t already, stop reading this and check out Buster’s awesome review of the new MacBook Air. The machine is absolutely gorgeous. And powerful, too.
One of the MacBook Air’s main draws is its lightning-fast solid-state hardrive. An SSD outperforms traditional hardrives because all storage and data transfers happen virtually, instead of having to travel across a physical platter.
Apparently, Apple is shipping some of these brand new MacBook Airs with the same SSDs from older notebook models.
“An in-depth hunt through both 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air units has shown that Apple is still using some of its older solid-state drives. While one 11-inch model owned by tldtoday has the newer Samsung models that provide peak read speeds of 264MB per second, one example of the 13-inch ultraportable was using the earlier Toshiba X-Gale drive, where speeds dipped to 208MB per second.”
Using older SSDs should only result in a slight performance difference between different models of the MacBook Air. Electronista notes that Apple may not introduce new SSD storage for the Air until next-wave SSDs are introduced, which can transfer an upwards of 500MB/sec. The current SSD in the MacBook Air writes at about 264MB/sec.
Watch the video below to see which SSD model you have in your Macbook Air: