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Old 06-12-2012, 08:25 PM   #16
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Apple is more about form factor style and web apps like iTunes and streaming than anything. An clunky optical disc in a thin laptop or obviously a iPad is hardly a priority.

Nothing new here at all.

No one expected Apple to to clumsily shoehorn a Blu-ray Disc drive into a new Macbook Air or Macbook Pro or tether it to iPads at this stage of the game.
Which is hilarious since many claim Apple not supporting Blu-ray in their Pro line is absurd since Mac people are generally making movies etc.

Nice to see the change of pace now that it's clear Apple has zero interest in Blu-ray or DVDs. Gotta back peddle a bit, eh?
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:26 PM   #17
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What I found surprising was that they didn't remove the OD from the entire line of computers, nevermind the other macbook pros they continue to sell. The retina display is supposed to be the "next gen" model so I suppose next year all of their laptops will be without an internal optical drive (and probably hard drives as well.) No idea about the imac which didn't get updated (unfortunately), and last year's redesign of the mac mini did away with the optical drive. I was hoping to pick one up and use as an HTPC but my plans were foiled... I'm not buying a non-ivy bridge machine for said purpose.
Aside from Airs, the only other thing that got "updated" (used loosely since it's just a spec bump) was the Macbook Pro's. It's pretty clear the "Retina" version will eventually become the only version and the 'spec upgraded' other Pro's will disappear into the abyss.

Apple will eventually drop the OD from everything. The only thing left is the iMac which may or may not keep the disc drive in.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:36 PM   #18
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"Love Optical" ?? Your words, not mine. Yet they decide to make a new DVD drive, interesting. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of 3rd party dvd drives on the market and in 2012 post-jobs Apple decides to make a new superdrive. They dont make and sell product because deep down they are just being old softy's. They made this new drive because they know they will sell. You and I may have no use for such a drive but there is $$$$ to be made and Apple knows it. Its makes a great companion to their hardware lineup. BTW... the guts of this superdrive are new. It is not an old innert with a new outside.
I find it interesting that the new drive supports DVD-A discs.
You realize it's the same damn thing as before just updated to mention it works with the Macbook Pro Retina (and unmentioned DVD-A support)...right? It's likely just a slight software change and/or a new part they had to get that magically added that DVD-A ability. Since Apple didn't even mention it on their official page, it's pretty clear how little they think of the "update"

Not sure what you are thinking Apple is going to sell many of these. These are for the people who freak out when they buy a new OD-less laptop and buys it "just in case". It sits, unused, forever. This is just Apple appeasing those people who feel they "need it" and since it matches their new Air/Pro, they get it. Why wouldn't Apple want to make an easy $80 off something that would otherwise sell for $40 if it was Apple branded?
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:56 PM   #19
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Apple wants a streamlined experience. Blu ray and even DVD arent quite there in the computer realm. Even if it had a drive users arent gonna be able to open up itunes and start watching blu ray movies.
If apple finally includes and HDMI then thats good news. baby steps.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:07 AM   #20
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Apple wants a streamlined experience. Blu ray and even DVD arent quite there in the computer realm. Even if it had a drive users arent gonna be able to open up itunes and start watching blu ray movies.
If apple finally includes and HDMI then thats good news. baby steps.
Apple has been including an HDMI slot for a few years now in the Mac Mini.

That's old news. Well, it's comical though because at the same time, they removed the Disc Drive!
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If you buy your software from their app store, they get a 30% cut, if you buy a third party disc at Best Buy, they get squat. Do you think they need many more reasons.
Ding, ding, ding... We have a winner folks. Yes, Apple really does care about eliminating the weight and keeping devices to minimal size and power useage, but at the end of the day, money talks...

This is Apple here. Buy forcing people to buy everything through their appstore/iTunes, they can control the experience and have control over everything purchased. And oh yeah, they make money hands over fist in the process.
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Ding, ding, ding... We have a winner folks. Yes, Apple really does care about eliminating the weight and keeping devices to minimal size and power useage, but at the end of the day, money talks...

This is Apple here. Buy forcing people to buy everything through their appstore/iTunes, they can control the experience and have control over everything purchased. And oh yeah, they make money hands over fist in the process.
Right. So Apple really wants all their laptops to be big and bulky using additional battery to power some silly drive few people use on a daily (weekly....monthly) basis.

They are forward thinking. People flipped a nut when they dropped the Floppy drive. Time to move on. OD is NOT the future.
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Right. So Apple really wants all their laptops to be big and bulky using additional battery to power some silly drive few people use on a daily (weekly....monthly) basis.

They are forward thinking. People flipped a nut when they dropped the Floppy drive. Time to move on. OD is NOT the future.
Purely speculative at least for feature films in HD. Also, please define future.
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Apple wants a streamlined experience. Blu ray and even DVD arent quite there in the computer realm. Even if it had a drive users arent gonna be able to open up itunes and start watching blu ray movies.
If apple finally includes and HDMI then thats good news. baby steps.
Which they did IIRC. Shocked me.

(edit) on the new retina macbook pro. Not the older models. They didnt redesign the case on those models so no HDMI but HDMI will probably arrive with the new redesign in the next year or so.
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I did not even get a Blu-ray drive in my latest laptop last year because the cost wasn't worth it too me at the time and the rewritable DVD drive has only been used an handful of times. If I'm at a place where I could use a Blu-ray device to plug it into a display other Blu-ray device are around.

Streaming on the road can suck if the hotel's wifi connection is maxed out as is common these days but its still passable most anywhere to waste time.

My next laptop may have a Blu-ray drive in it just so I can take a few BDs on the road to use my laptop as a Blu-ray player, or to use BDs as backup optical storage, but its not important to me at all.

If even I am not that concerned about having a Blu-ray drive or even a DVD drive in my next laptop, why in the world would Apple consider putting one in their type of machines?
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Which they did IIRC. Shocked me.

(edit) on the new retina macbook pro. Not the older models. They didnt redesign the case on those models so no HDMI but HDMI will probably arrive with the new redesign in the next year or so.
Thats great news. I wish apple had an upgrade program. Dont think I can bring myself to pay the apple premium again on their macbooks.
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Apple has been including an HDMI slot for a few years now in the Mac Mini.

That's old news. Well, it's comical though because at the same time, they removed the Disc Drive!
I guess we can say the new macbook has finally caught up to the mac mini?
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HDMI is useless now with AirPlay. Glad they didn't add it to my shiny new Air.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #28
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HDMI is useless now with AirPlay. Glad they didn't add it to my shiny new Air.
lol apple agrees with you. 'Why use a $2 cable when you can buy Apple TV?"
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