Fusion Drive, Apple’s new foray into storage capabilities was unveiled by the technology giant at the October 23 event. Apple’s event was marked by a high-end display of superlative performance as CEO, Tim Cook announced the achievements of the company since the launch of iPhone 5. Apple’s event also saw the release of iPad mini, 4th-gen iPad, 13-inch Macbook Pro and new iMac.
Fusion Drive, a combination of flash storage and a hard drive is nothing new in the world of technology, but Apple in its idiosyncratic way has given the drive its own brain. Fusion drive, as earlier said will comprise of two drives, but to the user, Fusion Drive will appear as a single entity.
Apple’s computer intelligence will delegate the Fusion Drive to store the frequently used programs in the flash storage section of the drive, whereas the infrequently used applications will be stored in the hard drive. The flash storage of the Fusion Drive will come in handy when the system boots, launches applications, imports video or photos as these processes will take less time to complete.
Apple’s Fusion Drive will provide 128GB of flash storage and 1TB or 3TB of hard disk storage. Users can move the applications from one section to another with ease to increase the efficiency of the system. Apple has posted more information about the Fusion Drive on its web site creating awareness about the new hybrid drive.
The information posted on Apple’s website also lists some limitations of the Fusion Drive, though not under the same heading. The limitations include the inability to add more than one partition to the hard drive and non-support of Boot Camp Assistant for 3TB configurations at the present moment. The Fusion Drive from Apple is applicable to only two devices at this time, Mac mini and iMac.