Do you think the next Macbook Pro's will have optical drives?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mototriu, Jan 1, 2013.


Do you think the next Macbook Pro's will have optical drives?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. mototriu macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2012
    Since apple has already gotten rid of optical drives in their newest iMacs and their Retina Macbook Pro's do you think they'll do the same with the Non-Retina Macbook Pro's during the next refresh? Why or Why not?
  2. Dominus Mortem macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    That whole line will disappear and only the retinas will remain.
  3. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Build-in optical drives are history; they follow the destiny of floppy disks and will survive outside as external accessory via USB.
    Any I'm fine with it; not needed to often and most content come via cable, go via cable or memory card.
    Space is better used for extended battery ...
  4. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    ODD takes huge amount of space and weight.
    As iMacs and rMBPs, stopped having them integrated, they will probably disappear.
    They will probably be available through USB and Mac Pro models only.

    I dont mind about them making it lighter but Im still against the loss of all these parts.
    Yes they will be lighter, more compact, etc etc.
    But becoming more retina-ized means no upgradable parts.

    RAM soldered on to the logic, SSDs cost more since they arent traditional 2.5in, no ODD=no Optibay.
    The rMBP can only have 768GB SSD.
    But with the old models, you can have 2 SSD/HDDs with optibay.
    Space wont be an issue in 10 years or so. But it will be pricey for the next few years.
  5. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    It's also about long-term reliability.

    The "current" MBP's have already ditched them.
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I assume the MBP will get another round of updates, and thus keep the ODD. The retina Mac is of course here to stay, so..
  7. skaertus macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2009
    Non-retina MBPs will be gone in 2013 or 2014, and so will optical drives...

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