The next MacBook Pro could sport Intel’s new 3D XPoint SSD – Computerworld

If Apple sticks with its typical 12-to 18-month refresh for the MacBook Pro line, Intel’s Optane solid state drives (SSDs) stand a good chance of being used in the next generation computers.

Why is that noteworthy? Because Optane SSDs are purported to have 1,000 times the performance of typical flash drives.

When Intel’s new storage technology does arrive, it will be compatible with the newest PCIe SSDs that use the NVM Express (NVMe) or Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification — a logical device interface for accessing flash storage via the PCIe bus.

Intel MacBook Pro PCIe/NVMe SSD iFixit

The PCIe/NVMe SSD in Apple’s new 2016 MacBook Pro lineup.

“Apple has been a pioneer when it comes to PCIe/NVMe storage. They were the first PC company to broadly adopt it across its laptop portfolio while other companies today are still just using it in a very limited portion of their PC lineup,” Jeff Janukowicz, an IDC research vice president, said in an email reply to Computerworld. “By doing so, Apple has been able to deliver higher performance in terms of read/write speed and latency when compared to traditional SATA-based PC designs — thus, making the new MacBook pro more responsive and faster.”

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