Announced around 3 years ago, Fusion Drive is Apple’s fancy name for hybrid drive. This implies the combination of a hard disk drive (of 1 TB or more) with a NAND flash storage (solid-state drive of 128 GB) as a single Core Storage managed logical volume with the space of both drives combined.
And while this is indeed a nice technology to have, somehow Apple has managed to ruin it in the new iMacs with 1 TB Fusion Drive. According to the guys over at 9to5Mac, it seems that Apple has slimmed the 1 TB Fusion Drive down to a measly 24 GB of flash storage.
Previously, Apple has included 128 GB of flash storage, which was enough to store a lot of large apps and frequently used files. But it seems that Apple has changed its mind and has cut down that number to just 24 GB. This means that the new drives ship with less than one-fifth of the previous flash storage, which is just crazy and unfair, if you ask me.
The information comes right from Apple’s iMac spec page, so this is pretty much as official as it gets. It reads like this:
“The 1TB Fusion Drive pairs a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash — enough to store important OS X files and applications to ensure fast startup, near instant wake from sleep and quick application launching, with room left over for your most frequently used files and apps.”
So, if you want the full 128 GB of flash, you’ll need to opt for the 2 TB or 3 TB models, which means you’ll have to shell out an extra $200 or $300, respectively. Furthermore, as an effect of this change, Apple now recommends that all machines with 32 GB of RAM should get the 2 TB or 3 TB Fusion Drive, or an all-flash drive for increased performance.
24GB of flash storage is pretty much just enough to install the operating system on, which will result in a faster boot time, but that’s about it. This is definitely going to piss some users, but will it really decrease sale or those looking to buy an iMac simply won’t care? Sound off by leaving your comment below.