Originally Posted by Futuristic
Reading through these comments, I have a better understanding of the limitations of SSD technology. But I really don't get all the hand-wringing about lifespan/durability, or of the NAND chips being soldered to the motherboard.
This is simple for some people it could be a very big deal. Current flash tech that Apple is using is pretty durable and will work fine for most users. There are more unknowns for the new tech when it come to durability, it may result in fewer people being happy with storage lifespan.
In any case above though soldered in flash would such royally for those that know they will be putting a lot of stress on the SSD. What would be a simple upgrade/repair becomes a motherboard swap out.
1) This is a rumor, so we don't yet know what is actually happening.
2) This is a rumor about the MacBook Air, not to be confused with the MacBook Pro line. The MacBook Air is targeted towards consumers, not pros,
I believe this is a mistake many pro users have adopted the AIR. For many business users it is a very good machine.
and also, is at the low end of the "spec" spectrum. I don't think that the engineers were expecting MBA users to run FCPX (oh dear.), or Logic or Adobe CSx, and anyone who expects to run their MBA that hard is asking for trouble, IMHO.
That is overly critical if you ask me. The AIR can be used effectively by many professionals. The big problem is that the CPU can fall on it's face if thrown CPU bound apps.
I believe the MBA was designed for people who don't have heavy computing requirements, who just need something streamlined and lightweight to write papers on, surf the web, keep in touch w/ friends & family, etc.
It is a general purpose computer nothing more and more importantly nothing less.
3) If we remove price from the analogy, I see the MBA as a Ferrari, and the MBP as a Landrover. The Ferrari is sleek, smooth, and super cool, but has severe limitations on where it can go, how many passengers it can carry, how much trunk space it has. If you take the Ferrari off-road, it probably won't last very long. The Landrover, on the other hand is very durable, can travel over most kinds of terrain, has a lot more storage and passenger capacity. All these complaints about the SSD on the MBA seem to me to be complaining that the Ferrari won't last as long in off-road terrain as the Landrover. To which I say, "DUH!!!"
They are nothing of the sort. The legitimate complaint here is that soldered in flash changes the repair upgrade equation significantly. Both the Landrover and the Farrari break down from time to time, you wouldn't be to happy if those parts where all welded in place.
Point being, if your needs require the kind of read/write usage that will wear out a SSD in a year or less, then the MBA is probably not for you. Get a MBP. There. Problem solved.
No the problem is that if you wear out the SSD on the current AIR you can plug a new one in. On the speculated AIR that might be impossible.
Now, if Apple announced plans to solder flash memory to the motherboards on the MacBook Pro line as well, then I would join in the uproar, because that would be a dumb move on Apple's part. But, as long as flash memory remains on a removable card on the MBP line, then users will have options.
Why is it dumb on one machine and not another?
You seem to imply that the AIR is some sort of toy not suitable for serious use. This is not the case at all. AIR can actually be impressive given that it does work so well for many users.