Built in optical drive: R.I.P.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Krazy Bill, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Not sure but didn't the old cMBP still have that thing? If so, no more...
     
  2. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Look on the apple website.

    You can still buy a MBP with one. :rolleyes:
     
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    That feeling must've been felt at least twice already: when Apple ditched 5.25" floppy in favor of a 3.5" one and then floppy in favor of CD. Do we miss those floppy drives today? Soon enough we won't miss the optical either.
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    I remember when Apple dropped RS232 in favor of USB. I haven't used optical media in ages.
     
  5. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    It's still there...

     
  6. hachiman, Oct 23, 2013
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    hachiman macrumors regular

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    It might be good for re-installations or burn music CDs (really? I guess some people still use CD players), but at least 99% of the time, all it does is take up bulky space and spin up and down, wasting battery life.

    We've got recovery partitions, we don't need that anymore. For everything else, there's the internet and the Apps Store.
     
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  8. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    Good riddance !
    In the 2+ years that Ive owned my MBP, I used it maybe one or two times
    One of those times was to install win7 with bootcamp :rolleyes:
     
  9. Zeov macrumors 6502a

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    Its demise is over due for mainstream consumers. The writing was on the wall with rMBP not having it, nor the Mac mini (not sure about the new iMacs)
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    I still use them quite a lot.

    24 of the 37 albums I've bought this year were on CD and they've all been ripped to iTunes. I've also burned some demo CDs and ripped a few DVDs to watch on Apple TV.

    I'm not that fussed about Apple dropping the optical drive because USB drives don't cost a fortune.
     
  12. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    Still use it daily, rip BluRay, transefer data to my work computer, I buy music CD's.
     
  13. Meister Suspended

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    I am surprised that it took this long.
    I havent used a CD in about a decade.
    Didnt notice they still sell those.
    I own a zip drive though :cool:
     
  14. Krazy Bill, Oct 23, 2013
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    Krazy Bill thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok, I'm blind. :eek:

    Edit: Wait. I'm still blind. Where is it? From the U.S. Store:

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  15. MauerFan macrumors regular

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    When I bought my laptop I thought I'd use the OD. I've used it like twice since buying it, LOL.
     
  16. aiom macrumors member

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    I'm annoyed a bit by the missing DVD drive too. It's not that I use it often, but occasionally. Stores still sell movies, music and games via CD/DVD. The usage of the external superdrive is followed by another issue - the total lack of USB adapters:

    So you need external DVD superdrive -> USB
    So you need external Backup Storage? -> USB
    So you need external Ethernet adapter? -> USB
    So you need a mouse? -> USB
    So you need a mobile internet stick? -> USB

    2 USB adapters totally destroy the workflow.


    Professionalism in cMBP:
    Put DVD in, plug ethernet cable in, plug mouse in, plug backup storage in

    Professionalism in rMBP:
    Plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in, plug out, plug in

    :mad:
     
  17. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    But clearly you're not ripping Blu-rays with an Apple drive.

    I have one too - attached to my Mac Mini. I don't use it nearly as often, but I'm glad I have it. I'm also glad I don't have ones in my MacBooks too, but if I ever need one on the go it's no problem. I have four computers. Some may question my need for four, but for sure I don't need four optical drives.

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    So you need external Backup Storage? -> Thunderbolt
    So you need external Ethernet adapter? -> Thunderbolt
    So you need a mouse? -> Bluetooth

    So two USB ports aren't enough for you? -> Cheap USB bridge.
     
  18. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Click select and look at the specs under the price.
     
  19. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    Your right I'm ripping it from a BR drive that sits in the old superdrives place.
     
  20. Krazy Bill thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok. Found it.

    It used to be right under the pic mixed with the rest of the specs. Wonder why you have to dig so freaking deep to see it now.
     

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