It’s no surprise that Apple’s solid-state hard drive that’s found in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac make computer operations speedy. So it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple is considering putting it into their next-generation Mac Pro.
According to a report from Bright Side of News, Apple could be developing a solid-state drive as big as two terabytes for its updated Mac Pro, which is expected to be released sometime this year.
Pro customers were disappoint when Apple introduced its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and only brought minor improvements to its pro computer tower.
In addition to the large and speedy hard drive, a new processor by Intel is also supposed to be found in the Mac Pro. The Xeon chip is expected also arrive sometime this year.
“But seeing a 2TB Solid State Drive with an Apple logo on it opens very large ground for speculation. Given that we were not able to learn more about the parts in question, we have to leave it at that. But from the looks of it, the 2TB drives used industry standard 3.5″ form factor, full heigh (just like your regular 3.5″ spinning drive) and a SATA connector (not SAS or some proprietary port.”
The blog says that the Mac Pro could actually be capable of holding up to 8TB of solid-state storage — more than enough for those who edit videos.
In addition to the new MacBooks that were introduced last fall, Apple also updated its iMac, which is now back to normal 1-3 shipping times. The new iMac included what Apple calls a Fusion Drive — a combination of solid-state and spinning drives. Including a Fusion drive makes more sense that 100 percent solid state — mostly because of price. An 8 TB solid-state drive could increase the price of a Mac Pro near $10,000, some estimate.