Phil Schiller on Dropping the Optical Drive, Lack of Blu-ray

Phil Schiller on Dropping the Optical Drive, Lack of Blu-ray

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In an interview with Time, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, talks about the decision to drop the optical drive and not support Blu-ray.

“In general, it’s a good idea to remove these rotating medias from our computers and other devices. They have inherent issues — they’re mechanical and sometimes break, they use power and are large. We can create products that are smaller, lighter and consume less power.”

Schiller points out that software distribution is largely digital and in regards to Blu-ray, it has its own problems.

“Blu-ray has come with issues unrelated to the actual quality of the movie that make [it] a complex and not-great technology…So for a whole plethora of reasons, it makes a lot of sense to get rid of optical discs in desktops and notebooks.”

Schiller also confirmed that Blu-ray support isn't a highly demanded featured any more.

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Phil Schiller on Dropping the Optical Drive, Lack of Blu-ray
Fuck apple - October 28, 2012 at 10:36pm
New iMac slim??? Sure... why don't You just make it 1mm on the corners??? And this is bullshit as all fat is hiden on the ASS of the new imac. The new imac ass is HUGE!!! And yes apple drop the shit!
FrankEZ - October 27, 2012 at 6:37am
I totally agree with Apple about not having optical on Air - minilaptops but not sure why not having it in desktops. I really wouldn mind that my imac is a bit thicker if that would add option to backup my whole piclibrary to one blueray-disk. I admit that using like twice a year optical for other shit but as backup - and copying larger amount of data (for your friend for example) would be pretty handy with it. External drices are too expensive to give away and uploading 50gigs to Cloud is way too slow... Sorry Phill - i think youre bit too early with this shit on desktops. Must be just vanity the urge to make everything freaking superslim....
smate333 - October 27, 2012 at 4:44pm
Remember the floppy disk? Backup to bluray? Why not use thumb drives?
smate333 - October 27, 2012 at 5:53am
Can't remember needing to use those "shiny spinning things". Bluray, pfff, you want me to get off the couch now, stream bitch?!
smate333 - October 27, 2012 at 5:49am
I'm perfectly fine with that. I wish Apple was still much more expensive, like it used to.
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