[quote]Originally posted by Junkyard Dawg:
<strong>There's not going to be a superdrive on the iMac.
1. Price. Superdrives are too expensive for imacs. Unless Apple sold a $2000 imac they couldn't get a phat profit margin with superdrive.
2. G3. The iMac needs a G4 for the superdrive. Apparently, since the Apollo is going into the Powermacs, the iMacs will remain G3 dinosaurs.
3. Apple wants to keep an incentive for people to buy the powermacs. IF the iMac can do everything that the powermacs can do, then why buy a powermac?
4. Even the low end powermac doesn't currenty have a superdrive. It will trickle down to all powermacs before the iMac.
5. The iMac would need a slot loading superdrive, which to my knowledge doesn't exist.
6. Price. imacs are already overpriced at $1499. There is no way Apple could use a superdrive and keep their giant margins. Never would happen.
I say 2003 at the earliest before the imac gets a superdrive, if ever. It may turn out that DVD burning doesn't take off like CD burning. Since DVDs are copy protected, much of the incentive for DVD burners is gone...but if people could copy DVD movie discs,. then they might become popular.</strong><hr></blockquote>
1.) price... not as much an issue as it was. If Apple is getting them for about 300-350 a piece its not out of question for a 1499 iMac with decent margins. They retail for 499 now so they are getting cheaper.
2.) G3.... that has yet to be proven. iDVD 2 is fast simply because it uses a set bitrate which is very high so its less compression. if you use Apple's MPEG 2 decoder with VBR and and higher compression it crawls on a G4. There is no reason a G3 clocked at greater than 700Mhz can't handle 9mb/sec MPEG 2 compression at a realistic speed.
3.) Apple wants to take over the market for DV. Sony already has a cosumer machine in the imac's price range with DVD-RW. The iMac is where iDVD 2 is meant for. Apple wants to do this as fast as they can possibly do it. It's only going to increase sales.
4.) Why can it not be standard on all PowerMacs come january and at the same time on the high end iMac?
5.) This is a valid point and could be a problem
6.) yawn... Occasionally Apple does surprise us with bringing expensive components to the masses because they standardize on it and thus lower the cost. look at gigabit ethernet. 1000 bucks for a card when Apple made it standard on every powermac. if Apple wants an imac with a superdrive in january they could do it.
Steve Jobs already stated the superdrive would be in the imac in early 2002 early this year so i can't see how you could say 2003 if ever.