MacBook Air SSD update potential: Battery and performance

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During June you may remember that we discussed the possibility that a future version of the MacBook Air would do away with SSD. However, all we care about is the 2011 update, and it could all be about the Solid State Drive. If what we are hearing is correct, then there is a potential for not only an increase in performance but also to its battery as well.

The 2011 MacBook Air refresh could implement what is known as a new “Toggle DDR 2.0,” which is a sort of NAND Flash Memory. The current version of the flash memory is said to be no more, as this new type will not only be smaller but will also be soldered right onto the main board. This means that the part will not be able to be replaced by you or I.

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There will be far less channels with this new SSD when compared to current versions, and this in turn means that the battery performance will be extended by at least an hour. Although this does not sound like much, it is a huge step in the right direction. However, this will all depend on how much you demand of the laptop.

Having said that, Apple Insider does report that there is to also be power-throttling capabilities, which is said to offer greater performance without affecting the life of the battery. Now we cannot say for certain how true this is, but we do hope that there is some truth to this latest rumor.

The MacBook Air has seen an improvement each time a new version is released, but the battery has always been its Achilles heal. Whenever you demand more power, such as watching videos, playing a game or having too many tabs open then you will see a huge drop in the amount of life left in the battery.

The MacBook Air was designed to be the lightest laptop on the market, but this has always come at a cost. However, MBA owners knew this before they bought theirs, but it can be very annoying at times. We just hope that Apple will offer the most complete MacBook yet when they launch the new model.

From what we have already discussed we cannot see why not; the Sandy Bridge processor, increased RAM as standard, the new SSD, Thunderbolt and Mac OS X Lion certainly shows that Apple is moving in the right direction with the 2011 model.