Why won't Apple do away with the Combo Drive?

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  1. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    Seriously is there any good reason for them not to include the Super Drive on every model of computer they sale?
     
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    A Form of Handicapping and little else these days. Also read $$$.
     
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    It's for the same reason they're dropping firewire- it costs money that they don't need to spend.
     
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    Umm where are they dropping FW besides the iPod? Firewire can't be dropped unless Apple wants to lose their video production market.
     
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    They dropped FW from the 5G iPod :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, I did say that. FW on the iPod really isn't needed because USB is much faster now than it was in 2001 plus not having the FW chip saves some space.
     
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    Dropping firewire? I have purchase several mac's recently (MacPro, Mini, MBP) and they all have firewire. What are you talking about?
     
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    Please point me to any Mac built since 2001 that does not have Firewire. In fact, everyone was a freaking out when the 15" MBP didn't have FW800, but behold it returned.
     
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    Did the first core duo MBP have no firewire or just FW400? I can't remember.
     
  10. After G macrumors 68000

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    Gives people a choice.

    If people were forced to get a Superdrive (especially edu customers), they'd go nuts and Apple would lose sales.
     
  11. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    Apple probably has huge piles of the things in their stockpiled inventory, which they bought for $0.75 per unit. By the time that runs out, they will be getting Superdrives for $1.50 and just use those instead.
     
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    FW400
     
  13. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I sure wish they would get rid of combo drives. That's really the only thing that would stop me from buying the low end MacBook and/or Mac mini. Of course, I guess that's why they do it...
     
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    When people say "I would buy if only... " I generally suspect they would not. What they would do is move on to: if only... it had more than 512MB of RAM, a bigger HD, a 4 MB cache, a bigger screen, a smaller screen, a matte screen, a better graphics card, higher performance, lower price, etc., etc.

    I used to buy computers by the score and I appreciated not having to pay for things I didn't need. What the complainers really wish is that Apple would give them free features they don't value enough to pay for. It is not a bad wish but reality is excepting that often you have to make compromises.
     
  15. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a

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    They'll drop the Combo drives when they start offering the higher end Ultra Drives with Blu Ray capabilities. ;)
     
  16. nickster9224 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought there was an option when you configure it for a superdrive
     
  17. technicolor thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You can, online. Not in the store.

    But that's not the point anyway.
     
  18. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Because not everybody needs a superdrive.

    That's reason #1.

    I have one, but that's because I bought the high-end mini. Not for the drive, but because I needed the extra 200 or so MHz, and the larger hard drive. Super Drive, I could do without Read-write cd's and read DVDs is all I need. The combo drive does that, does it not?
     
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    No, actually, that really is all that stops me from buying a low-end MacBook or Mac mini. I don't care about HD or RAM especially since those are upgradeable anyway. I don't play games so the graphics card doesn't matter to me. Seriously, a low-end MacBook would be perfect for me except that I do need to burn DVDs often. I wouldn't complain at all if Apple made it a $45 BTO upgrade instead of forcing me to pay for a bunch of other upgrades just to get a built-in SupderDrive.
     
  20. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    Not every one wants or needs a superdrive.

    When i got my PB I specifically chose the combo model with the extra VRAM option.
    When I need to burn DVD's I use my external laCie drive to burn them faster that the Superdrive and I find it less moody with different brands of disks.
     
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    Wow, the price difference on these can buy Steve a nice weekend blast in Vegas. Why use $1.50 drives when Apple can just put in the then $0.50 combo drives instead?
     
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    FW400 is actually a lot faster than USB2.0. Even though USB2.0 has the higher transfer rate on paper, FW400 is able to sustain a higher rate while USB2.0's speed fluctuates. I'd give anything for the iPods to have FW again...
     
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    Too many dead ipods because they are very sensative (the FW ports) I have seen numerous dud ipods simply by plugging them into a dodgy PC firewire port. USB is more resiliant.
     
  24. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't even consider the combo drive over the superdrive.
     
  25. technicolor thread starter macrumors 68000

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    And that there is my point.

    The whole I dont need a superdrive point is crippled when Apple pairs the combo drive with the weakest model in the lineup.

    There are no stock configurations with the best options plus a combo drive.
    You either have to pay more to just get the drive even if you dont need the extra ram, processor, or hard drive. Or you get a superdrive you dont supposedly need in order to get a better processor, more ram, or a bigger hard drive. It really is a matter of upselling rather than "for consumers who supposedly dont need a super drive"
     

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