Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Even if you don't do your due diligence as a "techs" to create a bootable installer as a backup they have 1) their Recovery HD which will repair and reinstall the OS, or if you've installed a new drive they have 2) the network bootable firmware that will install the OS from Apple's servers.
After upgrading to 10.7.0 I did test the Internet Recovery option and found out that the installer can only connect to a WiFi network that has DHCP enabled. Don't know if Apple has updated the installer so static IP can be used, but it is something to take into account. And from reading some of the posts in this thread might be usefull info for some - LOL.
Originally Posted by Splash-reverse
I do though like the OS X thumb drive. An iconic design in itself.
I agree, I've never seen a flat USB stick like that before. Some folks also bought the 4GB iPhone, just for that same iconic reason.
Originally Posted by Blah64
But will AirPlay Mirroring require an AppleID, like HomeSharing? I was all excited about some of the potential there, but not going to screw around with AppleID crap.
Just found a wonderful post on Apple's support site about the pain of requiring an AppleID just to share stuff on your own network.
You do know that this is not a decision made by Apple but actually comes from the record companies? They also had the 1-iPod limit when the iTunes Music Store launched, and took both Steve Jobs and Eddie Cue(?) to convince the record companies that people wanted to listen to their music on more than one iPod.
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
I use the optical disk mostly for ripping CDs into iTunes and installing software from disk. I ditched my home phone line a while ago and now just use mobile broadband. I prefer not to download too much as it eats up my data allowance very quickly.
If they do ditch the internal optical disk drive they will have to keep the external superdrive on sale for people like me. Otherwise I would have no option but to switch back to a PC and I suspect a lot of others would have to do the same.
Wow! Dropping your landline in favor of mobile broadband? That's a risky thing to do, I'd say. Even if mobile broadband becomes cheaper and faster, I wouldn't want to torrent something over mobile. YMMV, but what are you saving, £ 10 a month?
I doubt people will move back to Windows because Macs won't have an ODD anymore. Besides, I believe there's even a Windows Utility fom Apple to share a Windows ODD, so you can install software over the air. Sorry for not providing a link; typing on an iPad and don't want to switch tabs, even though I copy text before hitting submit.