Apple just unveiled an interesting new option for the new iMacs and Mac minis that it is calling “Fusion Drive”. Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller described it as a combination of storage and software, and it provides a 128GB SDD and 1TB or 3TB HDD melded into a single volume for faster read-and-writes and better performance. Apple explained the drive stores core OS X apps on SSD, while documents and other media are stored on HDD (depending on what you use most). The result is faster performance, as Apple highlighted in slides by showing faster Aperture photo imports. Seagate makes similar options, but this is the first time Apple will offer the upgraded hybrid drive directly to customers.

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