Originally Posted by solipsism
I think that is most people's initial response to the ODD. They think it's as important as the CPU or RAM but when they think about the last time it was utilized they realize they haven't.
I see this as very important consideration on smaller laptops. The space that the optical drive takes up in a small laptop is a total waste. I'd rather have a Tera Byte of disk storage, a lighter machine and a lower profile. Besides an external USB drive works fine when you need it.
I'm so keen on the space being multi-function. It would still mean 5" of port-side real estate gone and it could never be as efficient as simply moving the ODD externally for the few that need it. There would be lots of complaints and they would likely sell quite a few external ODDs, hopefully dropping the current MBA ODD price from $99 to $49-79.
This is Apple they won't drop the price because of that.
As to using the space I'd love to see Apple come out with machines with PCI express slots for mass storage cards or what ever type of card you could want in the machine.
I wish I could. I got delayed the day of my vacation. It was a month long cruise to Australia. No biggie, I'd have missed this forum too much anyway.
Post some vacation pictures some place.
PS: I "hope" that the delay intelligent method in pro Mac updates is due to a Mac special event coming shortly. One where they want to showcase the new Macs on stage because it's radical changes, not just a speed bump. They need less than a week for the media, but I don't think they even need that these days. Just film it in house, post the video and let it go viral. I'm sure even MSNBC would spend plenty of time on it.
They are likely waiting on advance technology like LightPeak. Everone assumes it is due to Intel but the delay could very well be something more worthwhile. Let's face it the latest releases from Intel aren't all that inspiring.