Originally Posted by Marvin
Apple is still dependent on other suppliers before making any major upgrades. They have thrown down the gauntlet in front of Intel to get them to lower the power consumption of their chips and Ivy Bridge coming next year is where we see Intel attempt to meet the challenge.
If they succeed, the 2012 MBP should ditch the optical, have a slimmer enclosure and have quad-core chips running at under 35W TDP and quite possibly SSD-only, although I suspect it will start out as a setup like the iMac with SSD + HDD so not MBA thin but the large size will allow better tapering.
I'm all for SSD and am growing impatient for prices to come down, but a 60GB SSD (SATA II) costs around $100, while a 2TB hard drive costs as low as $70, with 64MB cache, FireWire 800, USB 2 and eSATA.
Love 'em or hate 'em, the 1956 Winchester hard drives are still the best "game in town" for price/performance. (Even tho I don't like it.) Seagate and Hitachi have recently announced the first 4TB drives. (Although, I don't see the advantage over this
A Zero Striped Array R.A.I.D. might not be as fast as an SSD, but benchmarks have consistently shown a 90 to 100% speed increase over individual drives.
If consumers no longer have use for optical drives LET THE MARKETPLACE DECIDE!
Would it kill Apple to offer optical drives as BTO options?! If they get a paucity of BTO optical drive orders, then, by all means
, eliminate the integrated optical drive.
Meanwhile, Windows desktops and notebooks are starting to offer optical drives with Blu-ray read and at reasonable price points and Blu-ray write (but at much higher price points).
This trend will only continue; prices will come down; and a distinct competitive disadvantage may beset the Mac.
I've already seen ads by Microsoft and others touting integrated Blu-ray drives as a prominent differentiating factor of PCs. (And that's BLU-RAY! let alone a lesser optical drive which Apple appears to be sunsetting.)
Meanwhile, ignoring Apple, several companies and a 19-company standards body (of which Apple is a part!!!
) is already feverishly working on Blu-ray's successor
, HVD (and even more impressive optical storage technologies).
And Sony has found that the ever-increasing size of video games is closing in on the capacity of even Blu-ray, and 25GB does not lend itself to online downloads, so it is reportedly working on a higher capacity optical format for the upcoming PS4
that is backwards compatible with current Blu-ray.
Apple customers may someday be stuck starting downloads of terabytes of content at bedtime and hoping it's done the next morning.