I suspect this has a few answers. First: aesthetics. Apple has been doing away with internal disc drives because it adds bulk and/or thickness to their designs. However, in their effort to streamline the desktop with having a minimum of wires, you now have to add an external disc drive and if you're like me, external hard drives. The Apple designers want to sell you the image of something akin to an Ikea ad, all clean and uncluttered. However, my needs outweigh their marketing, and that's why I like my MacPro tower: everything I need is in one box. Secondly, the industry has been moving towards cloud-based storage of things like movies, music, games and now applications (the Adobe Creative Cloud.) This may work well in theory, but not everyone has hi-seed Internet access and what's Plan B if your Internet connection goes down and you need to access your files for, say, re-formatting your machine? Third has to be cost. It's probably cheaper to exclude a disc drive than to include one.
excellent question, smarttang
first- let me point out that Apple doesn't read or reply here to any questions asked.you'd need to try apple.com/feedback. this is strictly one person help-another kind of deal. I don't know either. Apple used
to have cd/dvd drives in their laptops and desktops since they could. However, they do also have a tendency to chop things they think are no longer viable/somewhat obsolete: The Floppy, SCSI, etc. However, I do side with Vinny1701. I like everything all together in my Mac Pro tower, even though the Bluetooth is iffy. Not everyone will have hi-seed and high speed internet access, and be able to store stuff in the cloud. What happens if your machine goes down, and you don't have a usb stick of whatever you need to get your Mac working again?
you're up the creek, that's what. As for cost, well, maybe. I think it's more the "clean lines "esthetic. Okay, if it looks nice great, but if doesn't do everything I want it to do and I have to add a box, then not so good.
anyways, it won't be out until the Fall of 2013 which isn't here yet, so my advice for right now is wait and see
Unless they change the design radically from what they've announced and shown, it will not have an optical drive built in. Why Apple is moving away from including such drives only Apple's product development management could say. Anything anyone here will offer is just speculation and not really appropriate for these forums which are for technical support on existing products. If you wish to comment to Apple, you can use their feedback pages:
Mac OS X has not been issued on a DVD for several years. Not every user needs a DVD Reader any more. If you need one, this is one solution:
A way to get an external Hard Drive, and external DVD Reader, and a couple of extra ports from your ThunderBolt-equipped Mac.
Don't hold your head under water waiting for that to ship, though. Sonnet still hasn't announced a release date, and they are well known for having announced Thunderbolt devices that they then never released. I'm hoping they do indeed ship it, though. I have budget set aside for one should it indeed become reality.
Lots of other DVD drives one can use with a new Mac Pro, though.