Of all the laptops I've owned, I've used the CD ROM for 2 purposes. To burn a friend a hard copy of something (when I don't have a usb key) or when I need to reinstall my OS. 99.9999999% of the time, it has sat there dormat, like a tumor, except not drawing any power. I call forth to anyone and everyone that agrees with me that the CD/DVD/BD ROM is a thing of the past. In its place has risen USB 2.0 (soon to be USB 3.0), eSATA, Firewire 800 SD Cards.. etc etc. There is no point in relying in these disks that really don't hold a lot of information. Imagine a MacBook Pro without a internal CD ROM, just look at this picture: That's twice the space of a notebook hard drive there. You can put entire coolers there to make your computer never run hotter than your palm, add completely new sets of hardware, anything but a pointlessly silly mechanical device for inserting large disks that should've gone out decades ago. They can sell OS X on a 5 gig Apple styled USB key. And if you already have the USB key, you can just download it from their site like the current digital downloaders work now and load it onto your USB. They can even have an app store in the future where you don't need ot go to the store to get applications (heck they have an app store now in the sense of illegal torrenting) The future is CD-less laptops with vastly superior cooling solutions and the like, or vastly miniaturized form factors with a plethora of connectors of BOTH sides of the Mac. Anyone with me?