“Here’s the thought that prompted this posting though… When Apple introduced the iPod nano, they dumped the hard drive from the mini line and went to flash storage. I think Apple needs to keep an optical drive for at least playing CD music and DVD video without having an ugly cable attached device on a Mac nano. But, what about dumping the hard drive from the Mac and either going all flash storage (say 30GB) with the option of a 80 to 320GB drive in a small enclosure either beneath or above the Mac nano with a seamless bus plug (like a notebook in a docking station) instead of a cable?”
I can’t see it. For small, mobile devices the switch from hard drive to flash makes a lot of sense, mostly because of the power requirements. But for a desktop – even one smaller than the mini – power isn’t so much of an issue.
Of course, where it would make sense would be if the Mac nano was, in fact, a flash-based, silent desktop which executed its applications remotely – something like the Zonbu, but running Mac OS X. Apple could even control the applications you installed… making it the iPhone of desktop PCs!
(Via Mac DevCenter.)