When will new optical drives be added?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by benguin, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. benguin macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2006
    I'm planning on getting a MB(P), and I'm mostly holding out for new optical drives (as in BluRay and/or HDDVD). Any idea when they'll be added? I just don't wanna be stuck with a DVD drive when it's already in the process of being replaced. But if it's gonna be too long, then I won't wait. I was hoping to get one in Spring some time, when Leopard is released.

    I currently have the first model of 12" PB: 867mhz, 640mb, 80gb.

    Also, this is my first post. Hi everyone!
  2. thebiggoose macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2006
    I'm guessing Apple will wait to see what format "wins the war". That said, Apple is in the group backing Blue-Ray. But I prefer HD-DVD, not that that matters
  3. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Why would you prefer HD-DVD?

    To me it is this simple: why would we settle for worse technology? Blu ray holds INSANE amounts more data than HD-DVD. I see no reason why anybody would prefer HD-DVD, and if those reasons have to do with image or sound quality, it is not the fault of the disk or the system but the software instead, and could be fixed. I'd like to hear some reasoning lol
  4. DMPDX macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2005
    Amen. Please, elaborate thebiggoose.
  5. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I wouldn't hold your breath. Blu-ray has been a rumor for a very long time now, and it's still in its infancy as far as industry adoption goes. Didn't the Blu-ray players from Sony just come out recently?
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It's not the technology that's the problem, it's who's in control of it.

    And the HD DVD group too.
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i have read hd dvd is alot cheaper to make since you dont have to change the infrastructure to make the discs. also i heard that sony has overhyped the amt of data the disc can hold (does this actually suprise people anymore?). i will try to find some links as i have to get up early but if someone knows otherwise let me know
  8. benguin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2006
    Ok, thanks for the info. At first I was just assuming it'd be the next model, but then I realized I hadn't actually heard any talk of that happening. I guess I probably shouldn't wait too long then. Anything else worth waiting for?

    It may not be too likely, but I'm hoping for that 12" MBP at MacWorld Expo, and that's not too long to wait (I kinda have to wait for the new year anyway, for other reasons).
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    thank you for bringing that up.

    Apple has not and likely will not go with one format over the other until one is a clear winner. Apple are a part of the HD DVD group and they back Blu-Ray as well.

    i believe the sole reason for adding a second Optical bay in the Mac Pro was because of these two formats.

    i don't see it trickling down to the MacBooks and iMacs until they've been in the MacBook Pros and Mac Pros for a year. (perhaps 6months later as a BTO option though.) and neither format will be put into a Mac until the course of events is a bit clearer. right now they both are a gamble.

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