Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs

Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs

Summary: It's a bit ironic that after Samsung releases its competitor to the MacBook Air in the form of the Series 9 notebook, the same company is responsible for giving Apple's ultraportable laptop a bit of speed boost. That's because new MacBook Airs are shipping with a new, faster solid state drive apparently from Samsung after initially coming with a Toshiba SSD.

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It's a bit ironic that after Samsung releases its competitor to the MacBook Air in the form of the Series 9 notebook, the same company is responsible for giving Apple's ultraportable laptop a bit of speed boost. That's because new MacBook Airs are shipping with a new, faster solid state drive apparently from Samsung after initially coming with a Toshiba SSD.

How much faster is the Samsung "blade" SSD (a.k.a. the mSATA form factor that Apple introduced with the Air) than Toshiba's? According to Anandtech, the Samsung SM128C offers 260MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds, compared to the Toshiba TS128C's 210MB/s read speeds and 185MB/s write speeds.

If you're in the market for the Air, hopefully you'll get a Samsung SSD-equipped version, though you probably have no way of knowing until you bring the notebook home. Such is Apple's way.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung

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  • ironic or moronic?

    i would argue that this little post here is more moronic than samsung equipping apple is ironic. why? because samsung probably makes a lot more money from selling flash modules to apple than from it's various apple competing products. i would bet the air alone sells three to four times as much as the low margin series 9. and shocker, of course you can tell. simply go to an apple store, unbox the device you want to buy and look under system information. and yes, they will let you do that.
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs

      Exactly right on all counts ... "Obvious to the meanest intelligence"
      john_gillespie
  • Big YAWN

    These marginal increases in data throughput will neither be noticeable or useful to the consumer. If you can get one with the faster SSD then great but I wouldn't pay any premium for it.
    anthonymaw
    • RE: Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs

      @anthonymaw

      Well, assuming this is a behind-the-scenes changge, prices shouldn't change, if just to hide that, right? Probably more of a wait for current inventory to clear thing....
      spacespeed
    • RE: Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs

      @anthonymaw Except that you'll 1) get a faster boot time from the computer, thanks to the faster SSD and 2) it's not going to cost you a premium, unless you look at MacBook Air, Samsung Series 9, and other thin and lights as glorified netbooks.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: Apple slips faster SSD drive from Samsung into its MacBook Airs

    Not exactly ironic, but hey, whatever.
    Naryan
  • And....

    Let's not forget that Apple is taking Samsung to court for Sumsung copied the iPad, iPod and iPhone design - according to Apple.
    Gis Bun