Currently Being ModeratedJun 19, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to VincensoXFIN)
Not a question any of us on here can really answer since we are all fellow users like yourself. But, some random thoughts. A goal of a lot of computer manuvacturers is to hold the price constant in new systems, part of that constant may be the drop in prices of what were the more advanced processors and memory. Part may be from chaniging the parts that have not had a price drop for ones that are less expensive. That could help explain a change from a 7200 to 5400 rpm drive, if they really did make that change. I wasn't watching the specs on the MBPs over the past few years enough to notice.
Moving up to the SSD does increase performance, but at the expense of storage capacity and price. There is no question there is a performance boost in any operation that reads/writes to storage. But that performance boost is really expensive still today.
Not sure how to respond other than more along the lines of a dialogue.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 19, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)
Thank you for the reply anyway.
This is just on of few things that really has caught my eye when it comes to Apple's latest and new "innovations" (most of these things are about the way where OSX is going).
SSD is, yes, expensive today, but without a doubt will be a future vision for mobile devices as they develop and become more available, and cheaper. I really, wouldnt mind paying a bit more for a ssd mac where everything is in place on the performance perstective as a default, but I really, really dont like to pay extra for ssd drive that is not in by default. There is just that, scent, of asking for extra bucks, when it all could be resolved by better design goals.
Maybe this problem dont affect people with no more than basic needs for a computer, but people who look for performance computer cant really be too happy with this ( untill they change the default drive for better ).
Currently Being ModeratedJun 19, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to VincensoXFIN)
In the world of large corporation retail the operative term is 'Price Point' which is a driving factor in what is offered the consumer. If you replace a HHD with a SDD (512 GB) you can add on $500+ to the price of a $1200 MBP. Most consumers will opt for a $1200 outlay than $1700 (or more). You simply represent a minority demographic group.
However the trend is clearly on your side as represented by the Macbook Air and the retina MBP. This certainly should help drive down the prices of SSDs and will perhaps help in the creation of ones with greater capacity (another minus for the current crop of SSDs).
There still is life in the HDD arena since within a year there should be HDDs with capacities of up to 3 GB. For many users, capacity is more important than speed. It should be interesting to see if the SSDs will meet that challenge and at what cost.