Apple using old Toshiba SSDs on some MacBook Airs
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.
MacBook Air rumored going Toggle DDR 2 for storage
Apple may push the MacBook Air's storage even further with its update by using a relatively new technology from Samsung. A part supplier source says Toggle DDR 2.0 flash is expected to be even faster than the upgraded SSDs used now and would peak at 400MBps. The Macotakara tip had it using brand new 19 nanometer memory to fit more in a given space and might even be built into the mainboard, not just on an add-in mSATA card.
MacBook Air upgrades SSD to faster Samsung model
Apple was found on Friday to have given a low-key but significant speed boost to the solid-state drives in newer MacBook Air production runs. Most batches have been using Toshiba's X-Gale SSD, but AnandTech saw a more recent model using what's likely a Samsung-made 470 series drive. The 128GB example is much faster in sustained reads and writes, jumping from about 210MB per second and 176MB per second respectively in the old Toshiba SSD to 261MB per second and 210MB per second in the Samsung storage.
Toshbia X-Gale blade SSD shares MB Air tech
Toshiba tonight shared word that the special blade solid-state drive from the new MacBook Air will be launched for all computer builders, not just Apple. The Blade X-gale uses the same dimensions and is just an inch wide and 0.09 inches thick. The design is nonetheless as fast as many of the best full-size SSDs and can peak at 220MB per second in read speeds and 180MB per second in writes, a key to the Air's near-instant response times.