Blu-Ray Drives in an iMac

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  1. kpangilinan macrumors member

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    Do you think Apple will integrate a Blu-ray DVD drive in a future line of iMacs, MacBooks, etc? How long do you think it would be before this comes out?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No. OS X can't play Blu-ray movies, anyway. If it does happen (it won't) It will be no sooner than the spring revision next year.
     
  3. boxxy1987 macrumors newbie

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    I personally dont think there will ever be a blu-ray drive in an imac.

    What use would there be as a normal DVD will be just as good quality on the 24" screen as what a blu-ray disk would.

    I found that out on my 26" TV. I use my PS3 and started buying some blu-ray films, but there really is not much difference on such a small screen.

    Maybe if it was a bigger scale such as 32"+ then yeah, I would say that you would be able to see the difference.

    Boxxy
     
  4. tallguy macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure it's only a matter of time. When blu ray disks become cheaper dvd's will eventually phase out. It might take quite some time though for everyone to adopt a new technology.
     
  5. Tracer macrumors 6502

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    Shouldn't be too hard to put your own Blu-Ray drive in if you are daring enough.

    Tracer
     
  6. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    actually a program or quick OS update could fix that

    there are no slot loading Blu-ray drives at this time so u would have to cut a large whole and as the above poster said currently that would be useless because OS X 5.3 can not play Blu-ray

    myTake:
    As pricing of Blu-ray drives (and discs) comes down DVD will fade out as the primary media source of the computer using world. All of this considering a Blu-ray disc can hold so much more than a DVD.
    :apple:will have Blu-ray power within one year but it may not be stock (meaning the OS will only have the ability to play them and not necessarily have equipped machines to back this)
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    One, Apple wouldn't (or couldn't; I can't remember which) allow HDCP to be put in OS X without their consent, and they DON'T like copy protection.

    Two, yes there are. Never speak of CUTTING into a Mac ever again. :eek:
     
  8. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    sorry
     
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Why do people just not understand so many things about Blu-ray? Most of us who want it on there don't want it because we think the quality is going to be loads better on a 24" screen. We want it because we spent $20-30 on a disc and want to use it on more than one frickin' display. It's about portability.

    BD-R is also important for people making HD video who want to put videos on optical discs. What good is an HD camcorder without a way to put it on a disc? Not everybody can use a computer or ATV to view stuff.

    The point about the crazy digital protection that Sony uses is a very valid one. I didn't even know about this until recently. People WILL find away around this to break copyright laws, so I don't really get why they had to do it. All it does is just makes the new technology harder to get everywhere.

    In the end, I'm getting restless on Apple not adding this even as an option for Mac Pros. People aren't going to download all their movies in HD anytime soon, so give us a bloody option.
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    First: If you don't care about the quality, why the heck did you spend $30 on something available for half that (DVD)? If you want portability, get DVDs with a DVD player. They're everywhere and look the same on any size screen, according to you.

    It's not widely known, but iMovie and Final Cut Studio can burn HD content to not only DVDs, but also HD DVDs. Regular HD DVDs can't be played in OS X because of HDCP, but ones made in Final Cut Studio can!

    What is this valid reason? There is already a way to get around HDCP. It's a product called AnyDVD HD. It removes the copyright protection from HD discs to allow you to play the media you rightfully own and deserve to see without buying a new monitor/GPU/OS.

    You already have an option. Your option in OS X is to download HD movies or not buy them.

    Fonzijr1964, I'm being very purist on Mac modifications. Pay me little heed. I just don't think that diving into a Mac with a knife is the best idea.
     
  11. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    i was joking god
     
  12. bob vansteel macrumors regular

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    did i seriously hear somone say Blu-ray doesnt look better than DVD!!!! Are you kidding me are you hooked up through HDMI on a tv that can actually play 1080P! Cause i am and its amazing! (although the stupid old remastered on blu-ray from years ago dont look good...it has to be a newly filmed movie like the latest pirates of the carribean for example...simple stunning on blu-ray)

    back on topic.....until Blu-Ray goes main stream,apple has no reason to offer them, the most we could expect anytime soon is a mac pro option.
     
  13. furious macrumors 65816

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    Apple have invested heavily in digital distribution. Blu Ray makes no sense anyway until Nehlam(sp) anyway. It will allow processing of HDCP, plus the Video Codec off the processor and onto the graphics card. So will Snow Leopard. So around mid 2009.
     
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    Not to be rude here, but if you think for one second that a DVD stretched to full screen on a 1920x1200 display looks every bit as good as a 1080p Blu-ray disc, you need to get your eyes checked.
     
  15. mac.fly macrumors regular

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    Is there a way to connect an external Blu-Ray drive (which?) to an 24"-iMac at the moment? :confused:
    Just with BR playback capability would be fine!
     
  16. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    bluray for sure

    apple will definitely put blu-ray in soon, my guess is the next mac pro update. didn't apple sign something in 2006 that they will eventually put blu-ray in all of their products?????
     
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    boxxy, are you using a hd cable? I did the same and the difference was huge!
     
  19. mac.fly macrumors regular

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    Any idea...?
     
  20. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No. Why would Apple sign an agreement forcing them to adopt a form of DRM?
     
  21. Mad Mac macrumors regular

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    Here's some facts for you: Blu-Ray is 1920 x 1080 resolution. A 24" iMac screen is 1920 x 1200. Therefore it would display Blu-Ray gloriously. I know of NO 26" TV that displays resolution up to Blu-Ray specs, even though most computer monitors over 24" can. I'd venture to guess that your 26" TV doesn't even display 1200 lines resolution, much less 1920.

    Unless your eyes are really bad, there is a HUGE difference between Blu-Ray and DVD (even upscaled) on a monitor that can handle the resolution.

    Says who? Dell has been shipping slot loading BR drives in their M1530 laptop for a while now.

    Never mind the fact that it would benefit the end user, right? Never mind the fact that it would look fantastic on a 24" iMac screen, 23"+ ACD, etc. vs upscaled DVD. Or the fact that other computers CAN ALREADY play BR movies. After all, we should be downloading our HD from Apple and using THEIR version of a lock down right?
     
  22. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    I noticed a vast difference on a 22" PC Monitor, i can even see the difference on a 19" 720p set.

    Also, Blu-Ray isnt just about video, the Audio is alot better too!
     
  23. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    its pretty easy to notice the difference if your screen has a good resolution

    after all i can see a difference on a 17" lcd
     
  24. nordesmic macrumors member

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    Only if you use Windows. I recently bought a LG Bluray/HDDVD drive and I have put it in an enclosure and connected it via a SATA to USB2 adapter. I run it on Windows Vista but only in a virtual machine. If you used boot camp on a new iMac you would have enough power to play the movies.
     
  25. mac.fly macrumors regular

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    At least there seems to be a way!
    Which iMac did you use?
    What do you mean with "enough power"?
     

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