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MacBook Pro + Leopard + Timemachine
Authored by: jmao on Dec 22, '06 05:04:10PM

I know this won't happen,...yet,...but it seems to me to be logical,...

Time Machine, Apple's new backup/restore technology in Leopard needs a 2nd volume. It would be generally senseless to use a 2nd partition as your single drive would just get hammered trying to double write, etc.

While you could do this in desktops, I think it is far more important in the portable line to introduce a device which has both the standard internal hard drive along with a flash-based storage device. The flash storage would surely lag in terms of capacity given the cost of flash compared to HDs, but since you really only need to Time Machine your home directory, that's probably OK.

This would allow you to have a laptop that could utlize Time Machine without having to connect an external drive.

In the education market, this flash storage could potentially be used to hold a hidden partition that could be used to restore the laptop back to a clean state since often K12 deployments are often having to "reimage" laptops now as a troubleshooting step. This would be more like the Lenovo Blue Button thing.

Given prices for flash are coming down, I could see Apple also emplying this into iMacs and minis since physical space is at a premium in those devices (although the iMacs are getting more and more spacious as the LCDs grow!

A variation on a theme,...a 12" MacBook that has no HD, just flash. Perhaps no optical drive either. This would be a special education-only model. Fewer moving parts, fewer repairs. Lighter, cheaper? Since the education market is pushing laptop usage down to as young as grade 4 and 5 in some instances, and very commonly in middle grades, Apple needs a smaller laptop. The 13" MacBook is just a bit too big for that age group. Have you seen how small a 6th grader really is?

That's what I want,...but not what I'm expecting we will get!



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