Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
And think of the future he proposes: scratch a disc at all, lose a terabyte of data.
Not to mention the requirement to burn a full disc at once to get the value out of it, the slow burn times and possibility of failure. Even at the fastest DL speeds (8x), a 50GB Blu-Ray disc will take over 30 minutes to burn and 30 minutes to verify and you'd be lucky to get discs and a burner that runs at 8x. Any failure can be detected during that hour of burn time.
Meanwhile a HDD takes 15 minutes to copy 50GB and an SSD can take as little as 2 minutes.
For cases like video authoring and distribution, optical makes sense and that was the original intention for it - it used to be bundled with the iMac DV machine for iMovie authoring.
For home users, authoring online is more convenient now. Not necessarily Youtube but Kodak, Flickr, Facebook etc.
For personal data backups, HDDs and SSDs are much less frustrating and much faster.
For everything else, external drives are better because you can buy upgrades as new drives become available. If Apple shipped a Blu-Ray drive with the iMac, it would be 4x slot loading and cost $200-300 if you're lucky. You can get a USB 3 12x burner on Amazon for $140.
Originally Posted by pt123
Steve Jobs made millions on Disney movies on disc so I would doubt he hates optical drives.
He was also a member of the Bu-Ray board:
but if it's not a viable option, none of that matters. Times change and consumer habits change.
Originally Posted by herbapou
I could understand it if they remove the DvD from the imac's, but since the MacPro is a tower I think it should keep the drive.
The 5.25" bay takes up a lot of space and adds to the internal cabling mess. External optical drives are the better option as Apple isn't adding costs to users who don't need them. I think people would be happier the Mac Pro drops in price by at least $100.