Originally Posted by oldmacs
I don't know a single person who has been happy about the lack of Optical Disk drive on Macs.... I use mine all the time for reading Audio Cds, Burning DVDs, Burning CDs with Data, Backup, Watching DVDs ect.
My point is why people want to kill this Mac? What is it doing- Its not Harming anyone. 3 of my friends bought the same Macbook as me last year (PC converts) as the retina Macbook is way too expensive for storage space.
1. And, consequently, I don't know a single person who does care about an optical drive in a laptop anymore. I know several people who bought a Macbook Air. See how analogies work? I also don't know a single person that does those things you do in the 1st paragraph, and it seems like you enjoy being stuck in the past even if it takes more effort and inconvenience to accomplish anything. Reading Audio CDs? Why not just rip them and never have to insert the CD again? You burn data and backup on DVDs? That's an utterly archaic method of backing up Data, and there are so many superior methods available. Watching DVDs? There's a reason DVD rental stores have pretty much all gone out of business. Using your niche use cases and that of a couple people you know is not evidence that there is "demand" for any of these things. Unless you can prove that millions of people are clamoring for the same thing, your point is moot. For the past 2 years, I haven't once encountered a situation where I needed or wanted to insert an optical disk into my computer- and I use it for many, many tasks. Every single thing you mention that you're using an optical drive for can be accomplished more efficiently and easily using a myriad of other methods, without the need for a bulky, noise, power-hungry, unreliable component that is obsolete.
This is the same story with every single technology that Apple retired, with people like ou whining that Apple is cutting out a massive portion of its customer base. And every single time Apple's sales and success have skyrocketed. What does that tell you?
2. "What is it doing- Its not Harming anyone."
It blows my mind that some people who claim to like Apple and have followed them for a while don't have a shred of insight about the philosophy of the company. From what you've seen, Apple is the type of company that just leaves its older products for sale because "they're not harming anyone?" Really? Why not just leave all their older models hanging around in the store? And yes, there are several ways it "harms" a company like Apple.
a. Makes the product line more complex, which Apple hates
b. Creates more customer confusion. Customers have to compare and contrast more models and makes a decision more difficult
c. Eats up manufacturing capability which can be used towards improving scale and efficiency of other products
d. Slows adoption of newer technologies that Apple wants to push people towards (SSD, etc)
e. Takes up extremely valuable retail shelf space
f. Takes up support resources, and adds more configurations that its software needs to run and be tested on
g. The optical and hard drives are by far the most unreliable and error prone component of any laptop. Since these are most likely to fail, overall would decrease satisfaction ratings
Etc. There's always "harm" in leaving older models for sales, especially for a company like Apple. You just need to think about it for a few seconds to realize what the harm is. Apple is known for it's relentless focus, simple product lines, and culling of older technologies to move things forward. Keeping these machines goes against all of that, and I for one hope they drop them at WWDC. I'm sure you can adapt if you updated your methods for this decade, like millions of others have. That makes more sense than demanding that Apple continue selling an older line of laptops which include technologies they've deprecated in every single other product.