Darren Murph at Engadget:

And if I’m really going out on a limb, I might say that the iMac is next on the chopping block — you know, once Apple retools it to be as thin as the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display it just outed. It’s a future I’m pretty chafed about (seriously, a “Pro” machine with no ability to toast films from iDVD or Final Cut Pro?), but Apple’s got the market share, the cash — and frankly, the cajones — to take a calculated risk while simultaneously nudging buyers to rely more and more on its own ecosystem. For everything.

Coincidentally, I’m ripping old CDs on my 27″ iMac as I read this.

2 thoughts on “Apple’s officially over the optical drive

  1. I removed the optical drive from my new MBP and haven’t missed it yet (once i got over a few technical glitches). It helps that the optibay-style HDD caddy included an external USB chassis for the now homeless optical drive, so i can rip CD’s to my heart’s content.

    PS enDgadget?!?

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