Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Apple Apple held its keynote speech just now, kicking off its developer conference. The company announced minor refreshes for its laptop line, introduced a stunning new laptop with a Retina display, and gave a sneak peek of iOS 6, which will launch in the Fall.
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MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Ripping dvds isn't a pleasant thing to do, I agree. But I can understand why they want to drop the optical drive.

It is used less and less, just like the floppy was when they released the original iMac.

It would be nice to have a laptop that has an optical drive, 1 or 2 ethernet ports, USB, Thunderbolt, FireWire, VGA/DVI/HDMI, serial and parallel interfaces, but it adds to the price and weight plus it increased the size.

If most people don't need/use them, does it make sense to make them pay for it and make the laptop heavy and bulky?

To me it makes more sense not to include an optical drive and if people really want to access cds/dvds have them buy a separate drive.

If this is not an option then don't buy a MacBook. When a lot of people do this Apple would have made a mistake and pay the price, but my feeling is most people wouldn't even notice that there is no optical drive or ethernet port.

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