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Solid-state drives are similar to hard drives yet different from them. Hard drives provide local memory storage for documents and files, not to mention a physical object that saves documents and files on a regular basis. Apple’s famed Time Machine is such an example: not only is it a hard drive, a physical memory storage — it is also a WiFi hard drive that converts into a wireless router and allows a user to create his or her own WiFi network. Hard disk drives (HDDs) also come with moving parts such as floppy disks.
Solid-state drives are electronic in nature (they do not have physical disks), but they are used to store documents and files, a kind of virtual memory storage. Apple’s recent iMacs have created what are known as “hybrid drives,” a combination of both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) that will free up local internal memory storage so that users can have more data storage within their devices. Up to the current time, Apple has allowed 1TB hard drives (512GB solid-state drives) in its MacBook Pros, with only flash storage available in its MacBook Air and Retina MacBook models. Since Apple designed its MacBook Pro models for photographers, music artists, and other business professionals, Cupertino intended for its best memory storage to be reserved for its best models of Apple’s computer line.
Now, Apple looks to update its MacBook Pro lineup by increasing its memory storage to 2TB (in contrast to the 512GB solid-state storage of its current models). It is a known fact that Apple intends to improve its MacBook Pro models this year; recently, Apple added Retina MacBook Pros to its computer collection, taking the famous “Retina Display” and distributing it to the iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone, and finally, its computers. It did not convert all MacBook models to Retina models, but it did produce a place for them in the MacBook collection. It is possible that future MacBook models will have Retina display — whether a MacBook Air, Pro, or iMac.
Apple looks to not only improve its solid-state drive storage (and perhaps hybrid storage) this year, but also its Internet technology within the MacBook models. According to tech sources, Apple intends to place what is called “Gigabit Internet” into its WiFi capabilities, increasing its network range from 802.11 a/b/g/n to 802.11ac. 802.11ac network channels allow freedom from radio wave interference, the kind that often exists when your microwave, oven, television, Internet, and cellular service (smartphones) operate simultaneously. 802.11ac would provide a network for MacBooks that would not face such interference; the end result will be that users will notice they have Internet speeds nearly three times as fast as before (4.5 Mbps vs. 1.3Gbps, respectively).
It is likely that Apple has other surprises in store for its MacBook lineup, but, as usual, we will be the last ones to know. We’ll keep you updated with additional news as MacBook-related discussions are conveyed to us.