Lower-Capacity 15-Inch Macbook Air Packs Slower SSD Speeds Than Its High-Capacity Counterparts

Published on June 14, 2023

You won’t believe it, but the folks over at Max Tech, the YouTube channel, spilled the beans on the 15-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of storage.

Macbook Air 15-Inch. Credit: Apple

Apparently, this bad boy is rocking a single NAND chip. What does that mean? Well, brace yourself, because it means that the read and write speeds of the 256GB model might be a tad slower compared to its siblings with more storage—512GB, 1TB, and 2TB models, which have multiple NAND chips to give ’em a speed boost. But hey, hold your horses! Real-world results can be a bit of a wild card.

Now, here’s the kicker: those cheeky 256GB models of the latest 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini? They’ve got a solo NAND chip too! And guess what? Benchmark results have shown that they’re giving us a 30% to 50% reduction in SSD speeds compared to the older models. Talk about a speed bump on the road, huh? Apple used to play it safe with two 128GB chips for their 256GB Macs, but now they’ve switched it up and decided to dance with a single 256GB chip for the newer models.

What does all of this SSD speed talk really mean, you ask? Well, it could impact some tasks like transferring files to an external drive. And when things get hectic and your Mac is working its little heart out, you might notice a slight dip in overall system performance. Why, you ask? Well, those Macs like to borrow some space from the SSD when they run out of physical RAM. It’s like virtual memory shenanigans, my friend. But fear not! The average customer buying the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Air probably won’t even bat an eye at the slower speeds. They’ll be too busy enjoying their new shiny toy. Now, if you’re one of those speed demons who needs things to happen in a flash, you better go ahead and splurge on at least 512GB of storage. Sure, it’s gonna set you back an extra $200, but hey, you can’t put a price on speed, can you?

Get this, the 15-inch MacBook Air just hit the market today, and people have been frantically placing their orders since last week. It’s got the same M2 chip and overall design as its 13-inch sibling, but let me tell you, it’s got some fancy new features to show off. Picture this: a bigger display and not one, but two extra speakers. Yep, you heard that right! The starting price for the 15-inch beauty is a cool $1,299, while the 13-inch version now starts at the lower price of $1,099. So, who’s ready to dive into the Apple universe?

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