This actually raises a question I've been meaning to ask for a while now:
Do you think it would be cool if Apple were to have some sort of upgrade program where - say in the case of the SuperDrive - you could, for a small or reasonable fee, take you older iMac or whatever and have an authorized Apple service person pull out the old SuperDrive and stick in ones that are currently shipping in the new 17" models (4x DVD burn, 16x CD-R burn, etc.).
Would that just be too hard to keep up with and a waste of money and all for Apple? I guess so.
I love my iMac but as components improve (get faster), it would neat to have the option of going to the online Apple store or visit one of the retail shops and order a newer, faster SuperDrive or Combo Drive to replace older, slower versions.
Are there any true technical reasons this couldn't be done? Does the 4x SuperDrive require any sort of processor or bus requirements that prohibit this from being a simple, no-frills "swap out"?
Even more, how about the video/graphics card? It's soldered on to the board, right? So no chance of this.
Shame. If you've got a machine you like, kinda sucks to know that to get anything better you have to buy a whole new machine and can't simply replace what-should-be-modular components like an optical drive or video card.
While I'm fantasizing, I'd STILL love Apple to have a "15-to-17" program, where people like me can take their 15" LCD iMac to an Apple authorized repair place and they snap off the 15" display and replace it with the 17" widescreen one (for a fee, of course).
Wouldn't that be cool? I'd do it today if I could because that 17" widescreen at 1440x900 makes SUCH a difference in Illustrator and Photoshop with the palettes and all.