Originally Posted by Superbass
Anyone else thing the Macbook AIR is toast?
Apple wants all music and movies purchased via iTunes - why have an optical drive? By removing the optical drive and switching to SSD in all laptops, they can come close enough to the AIR's thickness that it won't be a novelty any more, especially when folks can use the iPad as an ultraportable.
The weight of the Panasonic/Matsushita UJ-868 is somewhere between 0.5-1lbs so accounts for most of the weight difference between the MBA and the Macbook - it has a smaller battery too. If the drive is removed from the Macbook and the aluminum design changed, the weight difference between the MBA and MB could be so little that it would no longer be worth having both models.
Plus it reduces the cost to the consumer not having an optical drive. It would save between $50-100. If they were able to get the machine down to $999, the white model can finally go.
Sony removes the optical with their Vaio Z-series although it's just an option:
2.4GHz Core i5
1600 x 900
If you get one with Blu-Ray, they charge £550 for the Blu-Ray alone
. You'd think Sony would give themselves a discount.
Apple currently sell:
2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
1280 x 800
The optical drive removal would probably need an event to tell everyone why it was happening though. I think the MBA will just be delayed due to the ULV chip supply.