MB Air Superdrive compatible w/ MB?

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  1. Corbin3 macrumors newbie

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    So I have a MB with only the Combo drive...

    Is it safe to assume that the MB Air Superdrive that they came out with today is compatible with MacBook?

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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Looks like USB only but it could get additional power over the headphone jack.
     
  3. Corbin3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Couldn't the USB in the MacBook provide the burner with power just like it would from the MB Air?
     
  4. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I really doubt that. It's priced alongside standard USB powered external drives so chances are it's also USB powered.

    Shoe fits, but you never know with Apple!
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Which is why I want to see the connector first.

    The audio out is right next to the USB. :p
     
  6. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Nono I've got it. Induction powered!

    They were some silly rumours.
     
  7. reubs macrumors 68000

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    I would love for this to be compatible with a Macbook, but I'm not really getting my hopes up. I need an external drive that will do what a Superdrive will do, and picking one up from Apple will just make the task easier. I'm not worried about portability, so something else might suffice.

    Either way, it'd be ridiculous for this to only work with the Macbook Air.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It just came to me that the new MacBook Air might have a special slightly out of spec super powered USB port just like the Aluminium iMacs. This would explain the single USB cable usage vs. the D-Bay connector that Dell has.
     
  9. Jowl macrumors 6502

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    My macbook sometimes struggles with USB hard drives - it won't power them (even with a USB cable for data and a seperate one for power)

    That is my concern for using the superdrive with a Macbook. I would love one though. Perhaps Apple is now going to allow more power to the USB ports on all new models.
     
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