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Apple slashes $500 from MB Air SSD price

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.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    does this mean

    early MBA buyers are going to protest that they got rooked and deserve a rebate????

  1. eldarkus

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2004

    +2

    re: does this mean

    Nope.. it was over the "3 month protest rule" as stated by the EULA on all Apple products

  1. dynsight

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    Joined: May 2005

    +1

    Considering

    with a decent price for the 256GB SSD, this is something I would consider buying.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +3

    Good deal for u.s.a.

    ...but price remains at the equivalent of $4,500 inc. taxes within the eurozone. Yup, this is not a misprint!

  1. iPhoneLuv

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    Joined: Jul 2008

    +4

    expect more...

    Expect the price cuts to keep coming over the next year or two. SSDs are a disruptive innovation and they will eventually overtake magnetic spinning disk technologies in laptops. But it's a classic problem -- prices will be high until volume production increases. Similar to the flat screen TV market, it could take awhile to get the ball rolling...

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