November 23, 2017

Editorial: Apple’s officially over the optical drive, for better or worse

I don’t like it. Not one iota. But frankly, it doesn’t much matter — Apple’s officially done with the optical drive, and there’s no evidence more strikingly clear than the mid 2011 refresh of its Mac mini. Last year, that bantam box arrived with a $ 699 price tag, pep in its step and a personality that could charm even the most hardened desktop owner. This year, a $ 599 model showed up on my doorstep promising the same, but instead it delivered a noticeable drop in actual functionality. Pundits have argued that you could tether a USB SuperDrive to the new mini and save $ 20 in the process compared to last year’s rig, but does relying on a cabled accessory go hand-in-hand with beauty and simplicity? No, and I’ve every reason to believe that Apple would agree.

Despite the obvious — that consumers would buy a mini to reduce the sheer burden of operating a convoluted desktop setup — Apple’s gone and yanked what has become a staple in both Macs and PCs alike. For years, ODDs have been standard fare, spinning CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs (however briefly) and Blu-ray Discs, not to mention a few other formats that didn’t do much to deserve a mention. Compared to most everything else in the technology universe, the tried-and-true optical drive has managed to hang around well beyond what it’s creator likely had in mind, but it’s pretty obvious that 2011 is to the ODD what 1998 was to the floppy drive. At least in the mind of one Steven P. Jobs.

Continue reading Editorial: Apple’s officially over the optical drive, for better or worse

Editorial: Apple’s officially over the optical drive, for better or worse originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments
Engadget

Posts Related to this Article:

About The Techie

The Techie knows all about gadgets and devices. His helpful reviews inform readers of the latest advances in electronics and other tech products. Look to The Techie for all things technology.