Do you want an optical drive on future MBPs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by natejohnstone@g, Aug 23, 2011.


Do you want an optical drive on your future MBP?

  1. Yes

    78 vote(s)
  2. No

    119 vote(s)
  3. Why are you asking me, I don't care!

    14 vote(s)
  1. natejohnstone@g macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2007
    So rumors are flying that Apple might remove the optical drives at the next MBP redesign. If it's not this next one, it will probably be the subsequent redesign.

    Do you use your optical drive? Even if it's not that often, would you still prefer to have one?

    IMVHO, a MBA w/out an optical drive makes perfect sense. But for the Pro models, I can't see removing them just yet. Needing an external drive destroys mobility, and for many burning DVDs on the go is important. Not to mention importing cds, watching dvds, etc.

    So here's the poll, what do you think?
  2. DWBurke811, Aug 23, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011

    DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    I'm willing to ditch the SuperDrive IF; they install a blade SSD in addition to the normal 2.5" bay, increase battery capacity by ~50%, and put in a good graphics card in the 13"(I only care about the 13" to be honest). If they do that, and the price only goes up by a couple hundred(for at least a 64GB blade SSD/500GB HDD) I think it would be a good combo. I'm going the optibay route just for a second 2.5" bay, but if apples doing it they should step it up.

    EDIT: The only time I've ever used my SuperDrive is to install OS' or to burn ISO's to DVDs, so I'm fine with just having an external SuperDrive like the Air. It's not a BluRay, so there's no point to use it to play movies, and we all know apple isn't going to offer BluRay's.

    EDIT 2: I like your signature lol
  3. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    No super drive...not needed any more

    Lion is not Vista or even close...
  4. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    People in America and the rest of the modern world are so myopic.

    "Oh I don't use it, so that means no one else must use it"

    People still watch DVDs and buy music on CDs in less fortunate parts of the globe. Personally, I enjoy having hard copies of anything I shell out money for.

    I know the modern world is Apple's primary market but still, I really think they should leave the optical drive in there. I don't use it often, but I still use it once in a blue moon.

    I don't know how taking it out will positively impact the design of the laptop but perhaps they can just focus on making the Air more powerful instead?
  5. mcphee7 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    They need to keep it, its a pro machine. One of the good features of itunes is ripping your dvd collection to the hard drive to convert to mp3 format for your ipod / phone / pad. People still like to watch DVD's on laptops, or rip those for a digital backup.

    Ok you can shell out again for an external super drive, but it defeats the whole point of portability.

    Apple are trying to force out physical media, but its to soon imo.

    Instead of getting rid of it, they should enhance it by adding blu-ray capabilities.
  6. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    I agree here.

    Wouldn't it be good if they got rid of it, and those that wanted it can get it custom ordered? Or maybe not.

    It's a pro machine though =)
  7. jagolden macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2002
    Absolutely true! I use my superdrive all the time burning data and, yes, music CD's. I like to back-up important files to CDs/DVDs.
    Getting rid of the drive would be rediculous. But Apple does that all the time.

    This would be just an excuse to get people to by more digital music and movies from iTunes Store and an attempt to force the use of the coming iCloud on users. I for one don't give a **** about iCloud. I want my files in my possesion on my drives.
  8. ng7apoc macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2010
    Despite the strong feelings of some on here about optical being obsolete, the removal of the optical drive would indeed impact a lot of people, particularly on a pro machine.

    However that being said if there were significant gains to be made by removing it such as increased battery life, second HDD or SSD/HDD combo or making superdrive a central part of a thunderbolt docking station with external GPU as opposed to simply making a thinner machine then it may not be such a hardship for those of us who need it to use an external drive.
  9. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I use it so infrequently that using an external one is the better idea. Why carry it around if you need it once every couple months. Really the only thing I needed it for the last year was installing operating systems.
  10. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Topic needs locked, this is beat to death every couple weeks...
  11. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Nope. If the space for the optidrive is used as an additional battery, I think the MBP can easily get 10 hours, which I would much prefer than a DVD drive. Or it can be used to add a cooling mechanism. Either way, it'll make the MBP much better.
  12. natejohnstone@g thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2007


    Also, correct me if I'm mistaken here, but getting rid of the optical drive won't improve battery life at all compared to a MBP with an optical drive. The battery life is only drained when the drive is in use. If the drive is just sitting there, I don't think it's using any significant amount of power.
  13. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I voted 'no' because personally I could do without it. I would love to see a better 13inch MBP that is treated like a real Pro and the removal of the optical drive might help that.


    I don't think apple should drop the optical drive from all pro computers yet. Particularly I think that there should still be an option for an optical drive in the 15 and 17 inchers. These are very expensive laptops that are designated 'Pro'. I can't think of anyone I know outside of this forum who would spend their cold hard cash on this class of computer (which for many will be their only computer) without an optical drive. My grandmother just bought a macbook pro 15inch. She can't compute her way out of a paper bag but she has money and she spent it on something nice and pretty with a big screen. She NEVER would have done this if the 15inch MBP didn't have an optical drive. I think a lot of mainstream consumers thinking about purchasing something that is supposed to be a desktop replacement will feel this way for quite a while longer.

    But, like I said, personally I could care less. It is nice to for once not be dreading what Apple may do next :eek:
  14. natejohnstone@g thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2007
    Guys ... this is APPLE we're talking about here. Does anyone really think they will put in a 2nd hard drive, 2nd battery, cooling mech, or anything else? They will make the computer thinner and lighter, period.

    I'm almost positive the options are
    1) optical drive
    2) thinner/lighter (i.e. less the size and weight of the optical drive)
  15. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    a small external option would work for me. i only use the slot to store my subway card... :D (that's what i thought it was for...).

    i'd love smaller and lighter (versus a second HD...)
  16. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Because the optical drive has a huge impact on thickness...
  17. nunes013 macrumors 65816


    May 24, 2010
    they can take it out if they include an external in the box or they drop the price and sell an external for ~$40. not $80. i think we are getting closer however people still rely on it. for example if you live 100% apple and buy all music from iTunes and buy all software from the mac app store and buy only apple products then yes they have made it so you don't need one. but living 100% apple would be very expensive and not many can do that.

    give it a few more years. apple began it with lion and others will follow suit. because apple is going to make thinner and thinner products that people will buy and competitors can't keep up unless they follow apple.
  18. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I'd be fine with removing it only if they also increase performance or convert it into an extra hard drive slot
  19. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Unfortunately, you are probably correct. I would rather have better battery life than a thinner machine, but oh well.. Such is life :rolleyes:
  20. unixperience macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Things don't NEED to be smaller. Lol I believe that was a complaint about the iphones, and the nanos, they are too small to use comfortably. I think the smartest thing sometimes is to keep the size, and if you make the electronics smaller, thrown in a larger battery, most people would love more battery always! Id say the size isn't bad at all, the mbp are still thinner than the majority of laptops out there, jsut add more features if they remove it....

    as far as weight goes, theres are few things can apple could put in place of the superdrive that would be lighter, anyone with an optibay knows the cd drive is significantly lighter than 2nd HD. Battery would weigh far more as well.

    anyway, I say keep the cd drive. I use it plenty.
  21. Prodo123, Aug 23, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011

    Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    People who answered "No" are not audiophiles for sure.
    FLAC > MP3
    CD > MP3

    Anyone who argues "iTunes is higher quality than CD", I will laugh at. Anyone who argues "320Kbps is better than FLAC", I will laugh at. iTunes is 256Kbps VBR, 320Kbps MP3 is a constant rate, and both are lossy. CDs are over 1,000Kbps in most cases.

    I would like a SuperDrive, thank you very much.
  22. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    I am genuinely surprised that this is the first time this topic has been brought up
  23. -LikesMac- macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010

    I simply think that in the future, Apple could ship MBPs with External ODDs at no charge (as if it were internal, basically). Hopefully they could make the external read/write blu-ray as well? :D

    That space gained on the inside can be used for other things; like other people said, more battery, better GPU, improved cooling, another bay for SSD or HDD, etc…

  24. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Macbook Air top selling notebook - no optical

    Mac mini - No optical

    iPad - obviously no optical

    The writing has "been" on the wall folks. Optical drives are done. If you love'em ...get used to toting around an external.
  25. derickdub macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2011
    I say yes because I don't want the next MBP to look anything like the MBA. I'm not a fan of the tapered/tear drop look.

    Would be nice if they finally could use a blu-ray ODD, in that case I would have a real reason to want it.

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