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No DVD drive in new iMac ???

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  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:02 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    Ohhhhh, my...........

     

    (should they live on the same desk???????) 

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,460 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to babowa)

    Certainly not  .  .  .  I'm consigning the iMac to the dustbin.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to grandfield)

    A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

     

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

     

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 2:31 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

     

    That's exactly what they said when the iMac below came out. 

     

    You can check back with me 5 or 10 years from now.  But currently, I will purchase no computer without a built-in optical drive.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IMac_G4_sunflower5.png

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to Ziatron)

    I agree.........however, when you think about it, those laptop thin, vertically installed drives where any media can easily shift by 1/1000th of an inch, were never the best. Even though I use my external to burn and only use the Superdrive sparingly (when I need to copy something or for an OS/software install), I've had three out of four fail. There were all replaced free of charge under Applecare, but that's not the point.

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 3:45 PM (in response to babowa)

    I'm happy that they finally place the SD slot on the back!!! It's about time they did this... This means I won't be placing the SD card in the CD/DVD slot anymore by mistake... Wait a sec... I need to rethink this again. Back in a few hours.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 3:51 PM (in response to David M Brewer)

    More food for thought:

     

    I've never used the SD slot - I use a USB card reader and plug it into a nice, easily reachable USB hub.......

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to David M Brewer)

    David M Brewer wrote:

    I'm happy that they finally place the SD slot on the back!!! It's about time they did this... This means I won't be placing the SD card in the CD/DVD slot anymore by mistake... Wait a sec... I need to rethink this again. Back in a few hours.

    Humbug! Belongs on the front where it doesn't have to compete with all those other input device's cables. DUMB and totally disfunctionial.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Dogopr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:54 PM (in response to grandfield)

    I do believe almost everything has been already said but to add more rage, madness, tears and even a sarcastic smile there is this sweet link.

     

    http://www.usatoday.com/videos/tech/personal/2012/10/23/1653285/

     

    What is almost impossible to detect what are the options to us visual artists?

    Unless the big next step is MAGIC Apple is forgetting a huge segment of their customers that buy their products not only for their awesome design but for their productivity.

     

    Honestly, and since this amputation is some kind of "new news" for me my options are:

    Not buy it (the thinner iPhone inspired iMac)

    An external drive

    or….(?)

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:58 PM (in response to Dogopr)

    Well, there's the Mac Pro or, at the other end (and getting better now being offered with a fusion drive): a Mini with an external monitor or two and an external drive.

  • Creeper523 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to babowa)

    Defeats the idea of an all in one computer that doesn't take up much space now doesn't it.   Apple screwed the pooch on this one.

  • yackem Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 10:16 PM (in response to grandfield)

    I have a MacBook Pro retina and purchased an external BLURAY BURNER, and by doing so killed 2 birds with one stone by solving the problems of bluray and no DVD drive.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 10:34 PM (in response to Dogopr)

    I think Computers are dead as we know them, Apple's big money is iPhones/iPads/iPods, & we're forced to adapt to those crazy people that come into my store & want me to stand there for a half hour or more while flick, pinch, sqeeze, trying to find a pic of the fish they have no idea what it is & didn't buy from me, but has problems.

  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (13,805 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 3:15 AM (in response to baltwo)

    baltwo wrote:

    David M Brewer wrote:

    I'm happy that they finally place the SD slot on the back!!!...

    Humbug! Belongs on the front where it doesn't have to compete with all those other input device's cables. DUMB and totally disfunctionial.

    Dumber still but rarely getting any mention is putting the headphone jack on the back. It makes sense to put it there only if you assume everyone will always use headphones (or an auxiliary sound system) with an iMac. I could be wrong but I don't think that's true for very many users.

     

    If the jack must go on the back for some reason, at least there should be an easy to use, built-in option to switch between the built-in speakers & headphones that can remain plugged in without killing the speakers, ideally with separately adjustable volume levels for each.

  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (13,805 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 3:19 AM (in response to baltwo)

    baltwo wrote:

    ipodperson1 wrote:

    Pretty hard to fit a dvd drive that is well thicker than the 5.8 mm thin computer

    Only at the edges. Look again, it's about the same thickness in the middle as before.

    OK, but how would you insert a DVD into a drive located in the middle of the case???

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