New iMac and Mac Pro models without optical drives coming?

Back in June at Apple's annual developers conference WWDC, the company refreshed their notebook offering, though the long expected updates for both the iMac and the Mac Pro stayed out. Some new found references suggest that Apple will be updating their desktop range after all, but they could be lacking optical drives.

There are new lines of code to back up the rumour inside some configuration files of Boot Camp in OS X Mountain Lion. 'IM130' could be the next iMac, while 'MP60' could be the new Mac Pro. Because the code was found in a list of models supporting only USB booting, some believe that Apple is continuing the trend to remove the optical drives from their models, just like they did with the new Retina Macbook and the Mac Mini.

Removing the drive creates more valuable space for other components and slims down the chassis. But since the Mac Pro is a tower model and space isn't a big issue, a major design change could be on its way. According to a previous statement of CEO Tim Cook, Apple is "working on something really great for later next year".

Some user submitted Geekbench scores refer to themselves as 'iMac 13,2', backing up the recent rumours. While some of them are probably Hackintosh computers (OS X on non Apple hardware), one of them seems to be legitimate, according to John Poole of Primate Labs, developer of the benchmarking software.

Source: AppleInsider | Images via AppleInsider

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virtorio said,
As long as your not using it for games, the Magic Mouse is the most productive mouse I've ever owned. But that's only true if you take advantage of the multitouch gestures.

And it's not the first time Apple had dropped old tech in their computers before every one else (floppy drives, dropping old ports for USB, etc) and before long other manufactures follow suit.

there's a difference between dropping extremely outdated ports or floppy drives that at 1.44MB couldn't even effectively hold a Word documented anymore and dropping support for DVD technology. Movies are still en mass produced on disc. This isn't about dropping an outdated port. It's about removing a competitor to itunes.

seta-san said,

This isn't about dropping an outdated port. It's about removing a competitor to itunes.
But just how many people are watching DVD's on their computers at this point (I've never done it on my current computer)? If it were a lot then Microsoft wouldn't be dropping native support for DVD playback in Windows 8. Dropping the optical drive for an additional disk drive is more valuable to users in 2012.

seta-san said,

there's a difference between dropping extremely outdated ports or floppy drives that at 1.44MB couldn't even effectively hold a Word documented anymore and dropping support for DVD technology. Movies are still en mass produced on disc. This isn't about dropping an outdated port. It's about removing a competitor to itunes.

Actually when they dropped Flopies, that was still the main way of exchanging information between PC's.

Movies are watched on TV.. very few people actually watch DVD's on their computers.. Laptops, ya, sometimes, but not your desktop.

It's time they came up with an all-new design - something that is not based on the same form factor as the previous generation.

I better stock up now before all you crazy people decide for me, that I don't need an optical drive. I think we need separate planet's, so the crazies can live on one and the sane people on the other.

Tired of being on this one with all the people who try to force their ways on me.

What ??

Apple doesn't prevent you from buying a cheap external optical drive.

Hey some PC makers sells PC without dedicated gpu they want people to stop playing games. yeah right ...

to be honest, I don't think I have used the optical drive of my laptop even once since I bought it (a year ago)

.Neo said,
Apple successfully did it before by removing all parallel ports and floppy drive from their offerings.

yeah... and had compatablility issues and software distribution issues for years

ingramator said,
yeah... and had compatablility issues and software distribution issues for years

Back in the day Macs came with something called a CD drive (you might have heard of that) which was used for all software distributing. USB was already on the rise. Nice try though.

.Neo said,

Back in the day Macs came with something called a CD drive (you might have heard of that) which was used for all software distributing. USB was already on the rise. Nice try though.

nah man i talking about the serial ports not the CD drive. Yes USB was on the rise but parallel ports were far from over!!

How can they consider either machine capable of and video editing without an optical drive. It's bad enough Apple refused to adopt bluray.

Never heard of an external drive? I have no idea who you're working for, but the companies I worked with really couldn't be bothered by an extra €50~80 when buying thousands of euros worth of new hardware. Not to mention the fact most DVD burning is done by separate units to begin with that can also print labels onto the discs. We NEVER used the editing workstations for that.

patseguin said,
How can they consider either machine capable of and video editing without an optical drive. It's bad enough Apple refused to adopt bluray.
Machines for doing video editing and such are MacPro's.. and they can hold whatever drives you want.

Clownsun said,
I'm Happy about this cause I had nothing but problems with the optical drive in the Last Mac I Had

No one forced you to use it with the last mac you had

For audio/video people this is a shame. Now you'll have to tack on an external drive to burn your productions to blu-ray/dvd. Apple is ditching the niche group of video enthusiasts and going straight for the mass consumers. Can't say I blame them. Meanwhile, all you audio/video people, come on over to PC. We have cookies.

I was thinking of changing from windows to a Mac as i don't like the new windows 8, but Apple machines are pretty expensive and if they take out the opticle drive then that is no good for me. sure i could get a external drive, but the whole point of a Imac is a all in one desktop machine.

What is it with these companies, first Microsoft dumb down windows, now Apple going to dumb down the Mac. i still use opticle disks for backups as well as burning video onto them.

Xerino said,
yeah, and even without optical drives, they will still cost an astronomical amount of money...

you do realise an internal DVD burner is like under 20$ right ? removing it doesn't really reduce the price of a machine.

I think you can find external DVD burners for under 40$ these days ...

I can't remember the last time i used my desktop optical drive. Not even sure it's still working lol

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