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Apple SSD Drives : Where Mac Storage Is Headed

With the introduction of the first MacBook AIR in early 2008, Apple pointed towards the future of Solid-Sate storage. The first models incorporated a 1.8" Parallel ATA drive, subsequent models moved to the Serial ATA SATA interface. In the most recent models, Apple now places the flash memory on a custom card module to conserve space. This points to an intriguing - and disturbing trend in where SSD for Mac storage is headed.

MacBook Air SSD Card

As Apple rolled out other models of Mac laptop and desktop systems, SSD's became a Build-To-Order option in select models, often at a stiff premium. Many Do-It-Yourselfer's opted to perform an SSD upgrade themselves after the purchase. With the majority of SSD's in the 2.5" laptop drive format - most were drop-in replacements in MacBook and Mac mini systems. A fewfull-size 3.5" Solid-State drives arrived, many used disk adapter brackets and cases in Macintosh Pro towers and iMac models.

In the years since - SSD storage has made mind-blowing performance improvements. Drive capacity increased at ever more affordable prices and performance doubled - then quadrupled as rapidly evolving SSD controller chipsets and Firmware advanced.

It's the increased density of the flash NAND chips that's pointing towards the future. The latest MacBook Air models with custom SSD module are pointing to a future where our notion of a 'hard drive' doesn't necessarily have to occupy the paperback size space of a 3.5" drive, or a laptop disk's deck-of-cards form factor. To deliver ever more compact and lightweight mobile computers - our current notions of traditional spinning platter drives and their physical bulk is likely to end sooner than you think.

As with the new MacBook Air's, an off-the-shelf retail SSD drive upgrade or replacement limits options as Apple implements a proprietary mini SSD card in a different form-factor. OWC is the sole manufacturer who offers higher-capacity (and somewhat more expensive) MacBook Air SSD card upgrades as an alternative for these new Mac laptop models.