I am afraid that we would already know if a release of a major Mac OS X update was close. I would give it one year at least from now. More next week of course.This sounds like a good plan. Ditching the optical drive would be a dramatic change if it concerned all the Mac portables. However I still believe that it has to go at some point, why not this autumn? In this case, Apple should simply adjust (to the lower) the price of the external superdrive they already sell.