Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[3]: Really?
by Kroc on Wed 20th Oct 2010 20:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Really?"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

http://images.apple.com/macbookair/images/design_power1_20101020.jp...

That doesn’t look soldered on. In the presentation you could see it had a ZIF connector. It wouldn’t make sense to solder the flash on for BTO. It’s using a simple metal clip over the pins and a rubber plug on the other end.

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RE[4]: Really?
by Radio on Wed 20th Oct 2010 20:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Really?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

That's... nice, and I am -again- wrong. Now, I don't want to ridiculize myself any further, but I'm interested: are spare parts available under that format? Googling "ZIF SSD" doesn't bring flash cells like the one on your picture.

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RE[5]: Really?
by Adurbe on Wed 20th Oct 2010 22:17 in reply to "RE[4]: Really?"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

ZIF is quite a standard format, a

http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=ZIF+connector&aq=f

Though not to be confused with theZIF connector of the old mac CPU upgrades

http://www.sonnettech.com/product/encore.html


oh the memories ;)

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RE[4]: Really?
by galvanash on Thu 21st Oct 2010 00:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Really?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Just an observation, as I don't see this as particularly bad considering the type of device... But if it is ZIF it is a PATA interface, at best UDMA mode 5 - with a maximum transfer rate of 100MBps.

Like I said, considering where these things top out performance wise, that isn't too bad - but the flash storage is likely quite a bit slower than what we are used to with modern SATA SSDs, at least when it comes to sustained throughput. Of course for flash the main benefit is random access, and thats (hopefully) descent - by that I mean the interface isn't necessarily a bottleneck. It all depends on the flash controller...

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RE[5]: Really?
by TheGZeus on Thu 21st Oct 2010 01:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Really?"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

It could just be shaped the same and use a completely different electrical connection.
Much as Dell did with the Mini 9 which has a Mini-PCIe-shaped custom SATA(?) connector/SSD setup.

Is they want to go back to a prietary PROM(though EFI is arguably just that...), that's not too horrible. It's what people have been dealing with forever: a bloated, annoying BIOS.
This one at least kind of _has_ to get out of the way when you start a real OS...

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RE[5]: Really?
by galvanash on Thu 21st Oct 2010 22:00 in reply to "RE[4]: Really?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Turns out its sata... So it may look like a ZIF connector, but it is definitely something else (probably mSATA)

http://twitter.com/jsnell/status/28033014779

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