blue ray on new imac

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  1. jmonfire macrumors member

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    Hi. I'm not a tech guy and was wondering if someone could answer me on this

    is blue ray drive a software? If apple releases downloadable blue ray playing software, can the DVD rom attacehd on imac be used as blue ray player?
    or is blue ray player completely different hardware?

    I know I sound stupid but I really don't know much...
     
  2. RubbishBBspeed macrumors regular

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    It's been a subject of many threads on here, check the forum.
     
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Mac OSX cannot play back Blu-Ray discs currently.

    Should Apple finally add that capability to OS X, an external Blu-Ray drive can be used.
     
  4. jdad macrumors newbie

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  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    OSX currently supports the reading/writing of BluRay DATA discs. currently the decoding software has not been implemented to decode and playback BluRay movies.

    it is both a software and hardware issue:
    1. hardware: macs do not ship with the BluRay drive capable of reading a BluRay disc - you currently must find your own.
    2. software: macs cannot decode or encode BluRay movies, apple is the people who must implement this (or a 3rd party developer who wants to put in the time and effort).
     
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Playing blu-Ray movies requires hardware and software. Since apple continues to ignore our pleas for blu-Ray capability in OS X there are no blu-Ray drives included with any macs. However, you can buy an external blu-Ray combodrive for under $100 and use bootcamp (windows) to play the blu-Ray disk. I do this on my umbp.

    Cheers,
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    A Blu Ray drive is a drive, which is a piece of hardware. Its a physical things, just like a CD/DVD drive like in the current Macs.
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Whats your point?
     
  9. 300D macrumors 65816

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    His point was the OP didn't even know what bluray is, hardware or software.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ahh thanks for clarifying :"D
     

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