Originally Posted by REC
I'll go you one further... if Apple can get the cost on SSD down far enough, and also manage to convince people that disc drives are silly and antiquated (part way there, mac app store helps) then they can effectively eliminate the MBP line as we know it. I think if Apple has their way future MBP notebooks will look more like the MBA than how the MBP looks today.
Let's say my guess that 2 billion goes to Samsung for processors and development work is correct or at least plausible for this discussion. That leave almost 2 billion to go after other components so maybe the throw 0.5 billion each at displays and flash, like they have in the past. That still leaves close to a billion to spread around. These numbers are huge and represents incredible leverage for Apple.
They obviously can't do this while the MBA still has to make some compromises. Someday however they'll be able to make a high end MBA with 15 or 17" screen, 1TB SSD, no disc drive (because the demand will die off) and sufficient processing power, while having this new machine maintain a more MBA style weight and enclosure.
They can do that today if they really wanted to. However a 15" inch AIR would never be a power users machine. Since the current MBPs are marketed towards power users Apple will need to offer up performance machines.
Having two 15" machines is no more of a problem than having two 13" machines. The MBP 15" machine would simply use the extra space to implement higher performance chips (bigger heat sinks and fans), larger batteries and a better selection of ports.
If they can do that sooner than later, then yes there's no reason they couldn't move the entire line over to SSD (except the minority of pro stuff that wants truly large storage).
This I consider twisted because my pro storage needs are rather simple. However I'd love massive amounts of storage for media. So yeah skinny SSDs do have their negatives. Pro class machines though would be able to easily support hybrid systems. AIRs can't really do that well due to the thin design and limited space. For me though a 15" AIR that didn't have to support my Media collection would work well, given that they can up performance past my early 2008.
AIR as a concept is great because it allows them to serve more markets. That doesn't mean that the markets for the MBPs or the Mac Books go away.
In fact we would all be using SSD, and wax poetic about the days of spinning disc hard drives and how silly and antiquated that technology was just like how we think of the floppy disk and how at one point those were so critical to our daily lives. Anything not solid state will be looked down on by Zoll as old, retarded stuff his dad used to use (you mean this has to 'spin up'?).
Well if not this year it isn't far off at all. The really big question though is how long will flash be the SolidState process of choice. I have a feeling flash memory will not be in the spotlight as long as magnetic drives have been. The thing is other SolidState tech would seem to be a better fit in the long run, especially for boot drives.
In any event I have to agree with the idea that rapid changes are coming.