I just watched this video online of a review of the new macbook pro and apparently they left out the optical drive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ubqsCq_xdA&feature=g-u-u Seems like a bad decision to me. Not only does this prevent users from view DVDs on their computer, but you can't burn, rip or even listen to CDs. I'm guessing this is some sort of a marketing ploy to leave customers with little or no option but to purchase all film and music content from iTunes itself. Problem with that though is, especially for myself I cannot purchase a lot of content from iTunes (with me being in Ireland). Firstly I cannot purchase any TV shows. Which is why I purchase TV box sets on DVD (which I wouldn't be able to watch on the new macbook pro). A lot of albums are also not available in my region due to distribution rights. So my question is this. Do you think Apple will be completely retiring optical drives entirely (even on iMac desktops)? Fortunately I have a fully functional 4 year old iMac and a fully functioning 1 year old macbook pro with optical drives intact. I'm not looking forward to the day I have to replace them if this is what has become of Mac computers.