Something that stood out to me while checking the specs for the new updates on the airs and mini's is that apple removed the superdrive on the mini's ans on their website states: Exactly what you need. And nothing you dont. Mac mini is designed without an optical disc drive. Because these days, you dont need one. Its easier than ever to download music and movies from the iTunes Store. And you can download apps from the Mac App Store with a click. So what did we do with all the extra space? We squeezed in more powerful processors, advanced graphics, and Thunderbolt technology. And removing the optical drive gave us room to do one more thing with Mac mini: lower its price. If you still want to burn discs, consider the external MacBook Air SuperDrive, which connects to Mac mini with a USB cable. therefore, i won't be surprised if the next MBP won't have a superdrive. it's not a bad thing though, as the 13" can hopefully quadcore processors and an actual dedicated graphics chip. it'll also allow for more battery life and possible a SSD on the motherboard, much like the airs, and a secondary, traditional HDD opting for a solution that's like what's available in the 2011 imacs.