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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Why is my Air so fast?


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So this is an up in the air question but one I want to understand. Why is my Macbook Air 11inch so fast???

I'm running office 2011, parallels with win7, Safari, 1Password, Skype, Transmit and it's cruising along.

I don't understand how a machine with a 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo and 2GB RAM can achieve what it does - it responds much quicker than my Macbook Pro15 running the same applications. Is it simply that the disk is SSD? If so then Apple needs to have all it's machines SSD as standard.
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Yep, the SSD makes a huge difference, and you can buy most Mac's with SSD now, if you have enough money. Hella expensive they are at the moment.

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It’s because it’s flash memory.

No hard drive to have to spin up and read from.


Apple calls the Air the “Next generation of MacBooks”. Probably meaning that one day, MacBooks will all have flash memory.

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Yes...various reviews of the newest MacBook Air have mentioned that it feels as fast as a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a faster processor.

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Fast air usually equates to beans, but yes it is the SSD.

Whilst folks complain about the price they never complain about the performance!

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Is it simply that the disk is SSD? If so then Apple needs to have all it's machines SSD as standard.
What Apple NEEDS to do is continue letting people decide for themselves what they can afford as a drive option. SSDs are not cheap, and capacities are not up to what the larger hard drives are at.
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If you are basing this speed on the an application that you ask to pull up info(like images, data files, etc.) then yes, it's due to the SSD. It cant really be the ram because they both can run at the same speeds. If you think that SSD is fast, you should try an OWC SSD on your MBP!

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What Apple NEEDS to do is continue letting people decide for themselves what they can afford as a drive option.
Absolutely. Not only the cost but the capacity as well. You simply can't get a solid state drive anywhere the near capacity of a SATA disk.

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