We all knew this time would come, looks like Apple in it’s next-generation models of Apple’s iMac and Mac Pro could, for the first time in almost two decades, ship without a built-in optical drive.
According to an AppleInsider source, the internal configuration files in Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that reference USB booting options suggest that the unreleased Macs will lack optical drives.
The anonymous source was sifting through Boot Camp files and found several references to unreleased Mac Pros and iMacs – the Mac Pro 6 and iMac 13.
As AppleInsider noted, the removal of the optical drive from the all-in-one desktop iMac$1,879.95 at B&H Photo-Video could help make room in the machine for other components. The additional space could also make it easier for designers to slim down the computer, giving it a look closer to that of an LED TV.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple has been steadily removing the optical drive from its Mac lineup. The fifth-generation Mac mini $769.00 at B&H Photo-Video, released in 2011, was the first non-server version of the tiny computer to lack an optical drive, AppleInsider reported. Other optical-free Macs include the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with Retina display (slideshow below).
The Retina display MacBook Pro made a big splash at WWDC earlier this summer, but the Mac Pro $1,999.95 at B&H Photo-Video was not mentioned during the keynote and received a quiet, but modest boost.
After a worried customer emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the slight, Cook respondedto say that “we’re working on something really great for later next year.”