So of all the things Apple announced today Fusion Drive is the most interesting. Not because its groundbreaking but because its such a “why didnt someone think of this before!” idea.

From reading the various rumblings around the interwebs Fusion Drive is simply a OS implementation that uses the SSD for all writes. Then periodically transfers data over to the mechanical drive.

The best part about this whole thing is that its done in software! So if a drive dies you can just replace it.

The worst part about this whole thing is that its done in software! And you can bet that Apple will probably lock this down to limit compatibility issues.

In any case this is a great sign for the NEAR future, but only for desktops. I was thinking it would be great to have this in a laptop then i realized this will probably never happen.

Mechanical drives limit how thin Apple can make devices. We are also are poised for SSD pricing to fall of a cliff. Im guessing by the time this tech might be integrated into laptops we will most likely have SSD’s large enough to store most people’s data. Not only that but Apple will seriously be pushing how thin laptops can be by that time.

Oh and also the iMac now has no optical drive… Something that defined the original iMac and replaced the aging floppy is now gone!

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