What it is: Apple’s latest laptops offer less storage space because they’re using flash storage, but there’s also another factor at play for offering less storage space.
Look at a typical Windows PC laptop and you’ll see that they often come with 500Gb or 1Tb hard drives. Yet if you look at the latest Apple laptops, you’ll find that they offer far less storage such as 128Gb or 256Gb. Why this difference?
The answer is partially because Apple’s laptops use flash storage while many Windows PCs still use the traditional mechanical hard drives. While mechanical hard drives are cheaper and hold more storage, they’re also more prone to failure while being slower than flash storage.
Yet there’s another reason why Apple laptops offer less storage. It’s because everything’s moving to the cloud. If your cloud storage can hold 1Tb worth of data, why bother storing it on a laptop? Cloud storage gives you the ability to access your files from any computer. If you lose a laptop today, you also lose all your day. If you lose a laptop that only stores your programs on its flash drive but stores its data in the cloud, you’ll only lose your hardware, not your valuable data.
Despite security risks storing your data in the cloud, it does lighten the need for more storage space in a laptop while giving you greater access to your data at the same time. If you lose your laptop, you’ll never lose any crucial data stored in the cloud. Now hardware becomes completely replaceable.
Naturally you never want to lose your laptop, but if you do, it won’t be a critical mistake. It’s easy to buy a new laptop and access your files from the cloud all over again with no loss of productivity. Try that with a traditional laptop storing all your important files.
Of course Apple will likely keep increasing flash storage to the point where it can hold 500Gb or more just like today’s traditional mechanical hard drives, but the real future of computing on the road is cloud storage. Cloud storage keeps your data safe and available at all times, so that’s the future of mobile computing. As tablets grow in capabilities, they’ll be able to access data in the cloud too, which makes transferring data less of a problem.
Cloud storage is the reason why storage space on laptops isn’t that important any more. With increased reliability and faster speed, flash storage keeps your data safer than mechanical hard drives. With cloud storage, even flash storage becomes less important.
Instead of hard disks getting bigger in laptops, they’re actually getting smaller, but now you know the reason why. It’s the future to shift mobile computing to the cloud while giving your mobile hardware the maximum speed and reliability needed to work in all types of environments.
The next time you’re looking to buy a laptop, ask yourself if you really need all that storage for your files, or if you could opt for a leaner, faster, and more reliable solution instead. For some people, they want mechanical hard drives because they’re cheaper and hold more data. For others, light weight and safety is more important. In the long run, flash storage will just keep getting cheaper to the point where mechanical hard drives won’t be able to compete any more. When that happens, then you won’t have to decide between low cost and faster speed and reliability any more when it comes to hard drives on laptop computers.