A few months ago I had an epiphany (which I later dropped as I found people did not like my idea, however recently I have seen people suggesting the same thing in other post so I am retaking the idea this time taking a poll to see what is going on): What if apple get rid of their optic drives of all their laptop line? Certainly this would bring the weight down not to mention it would allow them to put many other useful things into their laptops (e.g. card readers, second HDD [many people are already doing this as an aftermarket alternative], etc) and is not that the current optic drives are very useful (so far i can only think on 4 reasons for them one is DVD movies which anyway you are likely to watch only when in home and you'd have an external optic drive alternative at home, the second is to install programs you buy on stores, this is not a very good reason since most programs as soon as you install them will want you to update them over the internet sometimes the update is actually bigger than the program installation itself so you could have just downloaded the final installation as well instead of buying the CD not to mention that again you are not likely to install a program away from home and again at home you could have an external alternative, the third is to back up however optic media is very sensitive and the slightest scratch will make your backup history and time machine with the increasingly cheaper HDDs of today's market make it a much better alternative (not only faster but you can also delete old backups which you cant when using DVDs or CDs) and the last is for music? (but really who is left that still buys music on cds? and yet again if you'd like that you can always make mp3 rips to hear "on the run" and anyway "on the run" you would not be likely to stick a cd of music on the drive to listen.... In general "on the run" the drive (I assume) is not very useful, it drains the battery very quickly if used and the movement laptop makes it very difficult to read (or write) an CD/DVD, not to mention is incredibly noicy and unreliable (at least mine). Therefore I thought they should be taken away from the inside of the laptop and offered as an external (USB or FW) version, either optional extra or included in the price. In this way if you dont use it, you dont have to buy it (unless it comes already included in price) or if you need it you have the option of buying a real optic drive (a large 5.25" external version with DC adapter included, which yes are ugly and bulky but get the job done, not as the slim slot loader internal from MBP that makes a hell of a noise and then spit the CD out because "it did not liked it") or you can have an slim one to avoid the extra DC adapter and extra volume or you could even have a Blue Ray Drive (which in my opinion they suck big time again, just as regular DVDs but its the trend for movies so we will have to stick with it for a while until big companies decide to adopt the flash memory media) So. anyway, vote!