New MacBook Pro May Include SSD, Hard Drive Combo

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Rumors about the upcoming MacBook Pro update are still popping up, and the latest claims the next version will include both SSD storage along with a traditional hard drive. This rumor comes courtesy of anonymous Apple sources, according to Boy Genius Report.

New MacBook Pro rumors keep coming in

Apparently the new MacBook Pro models will include an internal sold stage drive (SSD) with between 8GB and 16GB storage for the operating system, and a standard internal hard drive for data and applications. Apple will reportedly offer an SSD build-to-order option for customers that don’t want a traditional hard drive in their laptop.

The new models are supposed to include larger glass trackpads compared to the current MacBook Pro lineup, and will weigh about half a pound less.

Other rumors about the unreleased models include reports that they will include Intel’s new Light Peak interface as an alternative to USB and FireWire. Light Peak offers faster data throughput, can support multiple devices with a single port, and works with USB and FireWire adapters so users don’t have to buy new peripherals.

Best Buy apparently has several place holder entries in its inventory database for new MacBook Pro models, and anonymous sources claim resellers will be receiving sealed product shipments in the coming days.

Apple’s online store has pushed ship dates for new MacBook Pros out from 24 hours to three to five days, which often happens when the company is prepping to launch new models. An official launch announcement, however, hasn’t happened yet, so for now the rumors surrounding release dates and features should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Comments

geoduck

I’ve used systems with dual drives, a boot drive and a data drive. It’s seriously slick. We have a number of our servers set up like that just because it’s faster. For personal systems you can do upgrades or even do a Nuke-n’-Pave without putting your data at risk.

Like the idea of LightPeak

I might need to look at getting one of these. We had an iPad2 in our sights already for this year. This will be a tough sell for SWMBO.

Dorje Sylas

Even if the SSD was say 4 GB to cover the system RAM when it goes into sleep mode or is set in “standby” you’d still get an instant on effect. What’s the max now in MacBook Pro, 8 GB tops? Ya I could see a 4 to 8 GB SSD. I don’t think it’ll need 16, not this year.

mhikl

You may have your work cut out,  geoduck, for OSMB or there will be no peace.

GrfxGuru

For a while I used a SSD expresscard to use as my boot drive on my MacBook Pro ( yeah the pre-unibody ) and it worked great. So I’d be all for having a dual set-up that does the samething, especially since I’m in the market for replacing my MBP.

All it really needs is enough chip space for OS and the usual Apple apps like iLife, and that would make me happy.

jameskatt

A 64 GB SSD is fairly inexpensive.  Thus it would be a no brainer for Apple to add as a boot disk.

SOS

So long as the apps sit in the traditional HD, there will not be the same kind of speed opening apps as in the MBA. The added speed of waking from sleep isn’t enough to draw me in. Only if ALL the apps can sit there, or if everything sits there, too. So I’m thinking 128gigs would be the minimum for OS + apps, and the rest for data.

BradMacPro

I guess that what the new Mac OS X 10.6.7 is for. Default symlinks to put the home folder and /Applications on the HDD and leave the rest on the SSD.

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