Looking forward to Apple’s 10TB flash drive-equipped MacBook Pro in 2018

“Currently, I own two Macs. My main computer is a 27-inch iMac; my backup computer is a 12-inch MacBook,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today. “Perhaps by 2018, I’ll own just one Mac: a MacBook Pro with a 10TB flash drive.”

“That’s not as ridiculous as it sounds,” Seller explains. “Announcements from Micron and Intel about new 3D NAND flash advancements hint that upcoming Macs can be equipped with greater-than-10TB solid-state drives.”

“The new 3D NAND technology stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers to achieve 256GB multilevel cell (MLC) and 384GB triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit within a standard package,” Seller writes. “These capacities can enable gum stick-sized SSDs. For a standard 2.5-inch drive that means up to 10TB of space.”

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22 Comments

  1. Make my day. I’ll buy. But have enough ports!

    Batteries have PO’d me forever. I use the MBPro hard, like every day. When the battery goes bad, I go buy a new one from Apple and within 6 months it barely holds a charge. That means Apple does not sell “fresh” batteries, but ones that have been in storage for 3 years.

    Time for Apple to deal with professionals as professionals.

    We pay damn high money for a top of the line MBPro and we expect the best. Give it to us. An extra 10% on the price of a MBPro doesn’t cause me to flinch.

    Apple seems to think that all customers are plebes who just ‘knock around’ with their devices. Wrong. Today, there are millions of people who run their whole life and businesses out of their Mac Book Pro.

    1. I have been using a 15″ retina MacBook Pro daily as my sole work computer for over two years with no battery issues. Just a couple of weeks ago I used it to run a long series of meeting that spanned seven hours and I still had 3% battery life left. I was presenting material over WebEx for nearly the entire time.

      I am not saying that battery issues do not occur with MacBook Pros or that all replacement batteries are fresh and robust. But your battery problems do not appear to be typical based on my experience or those of my co-workers, many of whom have returned to MacBooks and MacBook Pros after the dark ages of being forced to use “standard” Windows PCs for years. As a regular participant on this forum, I have not seen many complaints of your type here, either.

      I hope that you are taking your laptop to Apple and receiving warranty service for your battery issues. Apple generally provides excellent warranty service, and a battery that fails in six months is not normal.

    2. If you wouldn’t flinch with a 10% price increase, then buy AppleCare. Your battery is covered for 3 years and guaranteed to delivery at least 80% of its intended performance within that period. Replace the unit every 3 years as its value is still typically 50% the cost of a new unit at that age.

      1. BTW, I’m inclined to agree with Mel. Your issues seem to be isolated and not the norm. I outlined things in a manner of which you can still blame everything on Apple, but not be out of pocket.
        Usually it makes people feel better 😊
        BTW, I have not seen any third party batteries that even come near the quality of the batteries Apple uses. If anyone is aware of a brand they feel is superior, please post.

      2. Actually, batteries are the one thing NOT covered by AppleCare’s 3-year warranty. I found this out the hard way a few years ago when my 2011 rMBP’s battery died after 15 months. The Apple genius informed me that batteries are only warrantied for for 1 year, AppleCare or no. Sadly, I had to pay up for a new one.

        1. Battery warranty information

          Your Apple One Year Limited Warranty includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac notebook, Apple will replace the notebook battery at no charge if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity. If you don’t have coverage, you can have the battery replaced for a fee.

          AppleCare
          If during the Coverage Period, you submit a valid claim by notifying Apple that (i) a defect in materials and workmanship has arisen in the Covered Equipment, or (ii) the capacity of a covered battery to hold an electrical charge is less than eighty percent (80%) of its original specifications, Apple will either (a) repair the defect at no charge, using new or refurbished parts that are equivalent to new in performance and reliability, or (b) exchange the Covered Equipment with a replacement product that is new or equivalent to new in performance and reliability, and is at least functionally equivalent to the original product. If Apple exchanges the Covered Equipment, the original product becomes Apple’s property and the replacement product is your property with coverage for the remaining period of the Plan.

          1. Must be a revised policy. My story still stands. The Genius Bar at the Apple Store in Grand Central Station in NYC told me unequivocally that batteries were not covered under the 3-year warranty. I have receipts for both my replacement battery and the Applecare I purchased for my MacBook Pro.

      3. The issue comes to the forefront after 3 years (I buy Applecare.)

        I accept that batteries have a lifespan, but when I buy a new one, I don’t expect to buy and “OLD ONE.”

        This is not the first “new” battery that this has happened with.

    3. Guess what I got after a year running my Samsung Windows tablet? Drum roll… the big one hour. That is just light web browsing, and maybe some image editing, not running Etrade Pro or something. One hour of battery life on a $1200 tablet. Yippee!!

    1. In the real world where we customers know things fail for any number of reasons including operator error, redundant ports on a laptop make sense.

      I have at least 3 older Apple laptops where USB or FireWire ports do NOT work. Just so happens that my older MBPro has a 2nd USB port that still works.

      The problem today with a single port is not only that when it fails, you can’t make some things work. It is compounded by the fact that on older machines, Apple wants you to buy a new motherboard, rather than “fixing” or replacing the connector.

      Thus, we have laptops that while a bit less expensive to buy up front, can have VERY large charges to fix what should be to continue to use a 2nd port until or if we choose to fix the non-working port.

      I think these issues blow right over the heads of Ive & Cook.

      1. That is fair, Bo. I agree that two or more ports should be the norm for all laptops and desktops. While Apple’s minimalist approach has a lot of merit, it goes too far sometimes in terms of eliminating ports and manual controls.

    2. MaxBay, I agree. MacBook PROs deserve a design that is truly a PROFESSIONAL machine.

      If I want make believe, I buy Pinto. If I want performance, I buy a Porsche!

  2. Forget the stupid hard drive. The storage is useless without a decent graphics card. When will they put a real graphics card into their computers? Look at the GTX 1080. Apple will never have something like that while it’s still not obsolete I guess. Not only were Apple’s GPU’s terrible when all the Macs were refreshed years ago, every single Mac except the 12″ MacBook are years old and I have been in need of a new machine for a long time. Hurry the hell up or I’ll just have to go with a PC.

  3. But this is Apple we are talking about the company this is notorious for small drives, 16GB iPhone please, Macs that come with 64GB Drives useless. Mac Pro that comes with 256GB standard, I have a 2010 iMac that I have hacked to use an external Drive I put a 3TB internal and 3TB external and still keep pushing the limit with 1.5TB of iTunes Movies TV Shows and music. Plus Terabytes of Video for editing. I would love this but Apple would be pulled in kicking and screening or it would be a $20,000 Upgrade.

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