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Though the announcement of the iPad mini Apple Announces New iPad Mini [Updates] Apple Announces New iPad Mini [Updates] Read More was not a surprise at Apple’s product event on Tuesday, Apple did introduce a new memory drive few people in the audience had heard of called Fusion Drive, for the newly released iMac and Mac mini.

Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, unveiled Fusion Drive during his presentation of the new Mac products and upgrades. Fusion Drive is an optional feature that merges a 128GB flash drive (SSD) with a 1TB or 3TB hard drive — both into a single volume. It can be purchased as part of the new Macs, and in lieu of the traditional HDD or the latest Flash drives.

Schiller said the hybrid Fusion Drive will mean faster read and write performance for disk-intensive tasks and applications, such as increased speed for importing photos into Aperture and iPhoto, faster video rendering in iMovie, a 1.7x boot system rate for launching apps, and much more. Fusion Drive kicks in automatically with no prior need for setup or drive management.

Fusion Drive works by shifting your most used apps onto the SSD for increased performances. Schiller said that all the default applications (e.g. iCal, Safari, iMovie) that come installed in the new Macs are automatically managed by Fusion Drive, if purchased. Fusion Drive will automatically figure out what apps you use the most, and which of them will benefit from using the special flash drive rather the traditional HDD.

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The extra cost of the Fusion Drive was not announced at Tuesday’s event and demonstration.

Source: AppleInsider

  1. Nikhil Chandak
    October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I am thinking to try this out
    seems to be amazing

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Yeah, it does. Wish I could afford to add it on.

  2. Charles Babb
    October 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I'm excited about the iMac. I've never owned a desktop and live in an Apple ecosystem, so this may be my first desktop purchase.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Hey Charles, thanks for the feedback. Congrats on getting a Mac. I write several articles about Mac hardware and software, so keep updated with our site.

  3. Douglas Mutay
    October 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    wow! this sound awesome! will really love trying this! Bravo!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Doug, you thinking about getting the newest iMac and drive?

  4. Scott Pickett
    October 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    As a Windows guy I have to admit that the new iMac is sexy. Last year a put a Seagate Hybrid drive in my laptop and I think it is pretty slick but that has only 4gb of SSD while this new Fusion drive is 128GB!!! Pretty dang incredible. When the 27" version comes out in Dec I will be making the trip to the apple store for a hands on look.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Yep, 128gigs seems very significant for SSD in this configuration. Thanks for your feedback.

  5. Boni Oloff
    October 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, great idea. Using SSD as part of the standar. And use the fast SSD for the most use apps. Sounds interesting, i think windows should consider make a system that can do the same thing.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Boni.

  6. vineed gangadharan
    October 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    will it work on windows,,,hmmm may be not!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Hmm, not sure.

  7. MerVzter Balacuit
    October 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    computer applelution... whats next?

  8. Koshy George
    October 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I thought Apple had no more great ideas, but I think this is a awesome idea.

    • Koshy George
      October 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Like most of Apple great innovations this isn't very original but I think this will bring hybrid drives mainstream.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        October 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        I didn't realize hybrid drives existed in other computers. So this isn't exactly new?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Yeah, it does sound pretty good. I just wonder how much extra it will cost.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        October 25, 2012 at 5:01 am

        With separate purchases for the SSD and HDD you can end up somewhere near half the cost of the computer itself (not sure how's the price in your region)-then the packaging and 'Apple brand'. I'm sure it'd be quite shocking for the faint-hearted.

  9. Dino Pearsons
    October 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    From what I understand, this isn't the classic hybrid drive where the drive controller decides what data resides on the SSD part, but rather a modification where the OS is in charge of positioning the data.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Hmmm, Dino, interesting point. Do you think Phil left this point out in his presentation yesterday?

  10. Alex Perkins
    October 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I wondered how long it might take Apple to start putting hybrid drives in their macs, nice article.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Interesting that no one saw this coming with all the predictions that were made.

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