Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 10:25 PM (in response to Shadow-of-Christ)
Use Remote Disc > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5287?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US The problem is that some people don't want a DVD drive and some people need a DVD drive, so this is difficult. I think the USB SuperDrive is a good alternative for you
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 10:26 PM (in response to Shadow-of-Christ)
It doesn't matter what we think Shadow-of-Christ. Apple has been migrating away from optical media for over a year now and there is no turning back.
When the original iMac was released without a floppy disk drive, I bought an external one. I never used it.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 10:39 PM (in response to John Galt)
Just wondering if anyone else thought the same as me. i know they've been migrating away from optical media but it just seems to me that they'ed keep all forms of input data just for the older generation (no im not an old gen.). However I do find it good that they are selling an optical drive for the older gens.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 10:51 PM (in response to mende1)
well i have my macbook pro that has an optical drive so i have an optical drive. I just wanted to let my parents know that they would probably have to get one since it doesnt come with one, but yes you are right about remote disk but they want one that is in the machine so i guess they'll have to buy the super drive as well. if anyone else has any other comments I'd love to hear them for future reference!!!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 12:44 AM (in response to Shadow-of-Christ)
I know many Mac users were hoping for a BluRay enabled SuperDrive in the new macs, but I have to agree with Apple on this one, optical media is (apart from being soooo 80's) a dead-end format.
They're fragile, expensive, tenchnically limited and BluRay is little more than a desperate attempt to deliver the quality consumers want while attempting to control copyright and distribution with clumsy encryption and regional limitations. No matter how much data you cram into that disc and how fast you spin it, it just can't keep up with the benefits of hard drives - which themselves are being replaced by SSD technology at an incredible rate.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 1:58 AM (in response to The Heftster)
Im glad my Late 2011 iMac has one, when importing CD's from the states on back catalogue (not even iTunes has them all) I just pop it in and its in my libary, I really dont expect to pay £100 more for a slower drive (5400rmp) only to have to bump up to a fusion drive, then have a screen thats glued to the body on the 21.5" which we know about so far so you cant change ram, and ram does fail...or have to buy an external optical drive to clutter my desk. Personaly I belive the 2012 iMacs are a backward step in more than one way sadly.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 3:30 AM (in response to Shadow-of-Christ)
If you feel the need, post here:
Hope this helps
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 7:25 AM (in response to Radiation Mac)
"please put an optical drive back in the iMac" - yeah that'll help.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to killhippie)
... you cant change ram,
For what it's worth iFixit reveals that the new iMac's RAM is replaceable, for those ambitious enough to un-glue the display:
The benefits of Fusion Drive completely eliminate the (practically negligible) disadvantage of a slower spinning disk. This includes compensating for a paucity of RAM, should that be a factor.
Traditional hard disk drives in consumer electronics are going away too. By then we will have completely forgotten about optical drives. Apple designs for the future - they always have.MacBooks iMacs iPods AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 27 years Apple!