New MacBook Pros will get Samsung’s fast 830 series SSD too

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    New MacBook Pros will get Samsung’s fast 830 series SSD too




    In January, following a meeting with Samsung Storage solutions at CES 2012, we told you that Apple’s next-gen MacBook Air would likely make the switch to the speedier 830 series SSDs from Samsung alongside an update to Ivy Bridge. This was of course before we revealed some major changes coming to Apple’s new MacBook and iMac lineups. In addition to Retina displays for almost the entire new lineup, the new ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook Pro will be getting a complete redesign, losing the optical drive, and bringing it closer to to the thin design of current Airs. Like the new MacBook Airs, we have been told that at least some of Apple’s prototype MacBook Pros have used Samsung’s 830 series SSDs

    Specifically, a 256GB Samsung 830 SSD was in use in prototype MacBook Pro we’ve been told, but we can only assume that Apple will use these SSDs across the line in various sizes. They are available in retail packaging from 64GB to 512GB configurations.

    Apple currently offers SSDs as build to order upgrades on its MacBook Pro line at pretty nutty prices (when compared to Samsung’s retail prices which are getting close to a $1/GB):





    We can’t be sure if Apple will be moving to the smaller Air-type SSD in the new Pros or if they will continue to use the 2.5-inch form factor that is currently in use (or even better – both). Of course, utilizing the smaller SSDs for future MacBook Pros would also help Apple achieve the new super slim design.

    As we noted for the new MacBook Airs that are likely to get the 830 series SSDs, it’s unlikely that Samsung will be the only supplier for Apple’s next round of Macs – Apple likes to have redundant suppliers. Both Toshiba and Samsung currently provide SSDs for the existing MacBooks, although Toshiba’s SSDs are notably slower. Samsung hasn’t confirmed that it is shipping the 830 series to Apple, but it was sold out of the slower 470s series that currently ship in the existing MacBook Airs in January.

    Above is a screenshot from our speed tests of the 2.5-inch 830 series when it launched last year. Real world speeds were over 400MB/s write and 500MB/s reads, almost twice as fast as the SSDs from Samsung shipping in current MacBook Airs.

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    MacBook Pro Supplies Running Dry at Amazon Ahead of Anticipated June Refresh

    Following our report from early last month that 15-inch MacBook Pro supplies appeared to be getting pretty scarce, Amazon is now running extremely low 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros as well – a strong indicator that new MacBooks will launch very soon.





    As of the time this post was published, one model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro (MD318LL/A) showed that only 3 units remained in stock, while one of the 17-inch models (MD311LL/A) showed an inventory of just 5 units.





    Supply constraints of current products serve as an excellent indication that Apple is reducing their inventory of a product either because it is being discontinued, or (more likely in this case) because Apple is preparing to release new models and is trying to eliminate stock from their channel inventory.

    Considering that numerous reports all seem to agree that Apple will announce new 15-inch MacBook Pros in June at WWDC, and that they’re very likely to feature Retina displays, it’s hardly surprising to see these sorts of shortages. Even so, it does tend to build the excitement!

    With WWDC just a couple of weeks away, Apple fans are in for some pretty exciting times between now and then, as additional information comes out prior to the event – and as WWDC actually arrives and we can find out from Apple themselves!

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