iMAC 21.5' or 27" with dvd player

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  1. determined09, Dec 29, 2012
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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm looking for a i Mac with the DVD player still in the all-in-one design. Why do the new i Mac's have the DVD players remove? what is the reasoning behind this decision? I have a dell that I'm using now, that is one year and 4 months old. I will be going back to school and I've had several technical problems with it. That dell has yet to be able to fix. I've just had. I've even spent 3 hours with dell technical support and they still couldn't fix the problem. Thanks
     
  2. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

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    If you're worried about a DVD drive and want an iMac you can do this...

    1. Buy a 2011 refurb with a built in DVD drive

    or

    2. Buy an external DVD drive for the 2012 iMac


    Why did they get rid of it? It's troublesome, gets hot and old tech. That's not to say people don't need one, many still do, but the future is digital downloads or streaming, not DVD. Apple always are ahead of the curve in getting rid of legacy technology.
     
  3. determined09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sounds good. Thanks for your help.
     
  4. Lancer macrumors 68020

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    I agree, either get an external DVD or buy a refurbished 2011 iMac, your 3rd option is to get a MacBook Pro now before they take the DVD out of that model in 2013.

    DVDs are going and downloads are the way forward, already some PC laptops are dropping the DVD as well. In the mean time get the Apple external DVD if you still need one or find a BluRay player/burner.

    BTW it's the iMac not the i Mac. Just like it's the iPhone and iPad.
     
  5. determined09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for the correction. :)
     
  6. sounddesigner macrumors regular

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    The reason why they did that is because they think the average consumer does not need one. Because all of your content can be downloaded nowadays... That what apples thinking is dont think it was the best idea because people still like buying some content in stores.
     
  7. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

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    They're duping people who think iMacs still have optical drives though.
     
  8. Lancer macrumors 68020

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    Well you'd have to be a fool to think this. Buys just need to read the specs and look at the pics or maybe read a few reviews to know the new iMac doesn't have DVD. Hell if you're in store just look at the damn thing!

    I still use DVD on my PC daily and I'll be keeping my G5 tower so I'll try linking to them and sharing their DVDs if needed before buying one. If you check the Apple DVD is no more expensive than good ones from Samsung and other in most stores, maybe 10% difference. Personally I'm going to look for a BluRay USB option, when the need arises.
     
  9. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

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    I guess you didn't get the personal email that I got from Tim Cook re the iMac not having an optical drive anymore. Huh... I thought most people got that email.
     
  10. Fatboy71 macrumors 65816

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    Like the others have said its old technology, but there are still a lot of people who need a cd/DVD drive, me been one of them.

    Personally I'm glad Apple removed the cd drive. It was a part that often failed and if it did was hard to replace. Now with the only option been to use an external cd drive, if this fails its a lot easier to replace this as you simply disconnect the broken one and connect a new one up in its place.

    When I order my iMac in a month or two, I'll be purchasing the Apple SuperDrive because I'm limited for space and the Apple SuperDrive is slot loaded so I won't have to allow for extra space for when the draw comes out, I'll be able to simply place it on the foot of the iMac's stand where it will be easy to reach. Also it looks great and will match the aluminium of the iMac.
     

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