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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Nothing stops you from watching a movie on a MacBook that isn't bought via iTunes or even bought at all.

I have downloaded movies or ripped them from DVDs, they play fine on any Apple device.

Why bother with a DVD if you can store several movies on the internal disk.

When we go on holiday we used to bring a number of DVDs along and a portable DVD player. Now I put a few kids movies on my iPad for my son and a couple of movies + series on my iPod.

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nefer Member since:

Offline distribution media are byzantine when you have high speed networks at your fingertips.

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jabbotts Member since:

Sure, nothing stops me from ripping my DVD library to digital format and feeding it into the laptop that way. But, why should I be stopped from plucking a disk off the shelf and slipping it into the machine? Ripping disks ain't always the most convenient method by time spent or quality of output either.

When they dropped floppies, optical disks where already well established and flashdrives where coming in fast. The "but they dropped flashdrives once" doesn't cut it.

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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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