Do the New Mini and MacBook Air Mean the End for Physical Media? | FOM

Apple release two new computers yesterday, neither of which was equipped with a SuperDrive or any optical disk. Lion is already installed on these devices, but it wasn’t required to be thanks to its digital distribution via the Mac App Store.

So what happened to optical drives?

Apple never supported Blu-Ray boldly stating, “Blu-Ray is a bag of hurt”. Steve Jobs went on to say, “I don’t mean from the consumer point of view. great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with the cost of licensing.”

When USB 3.0 technology came along, Apple didn’t adopt that either. Now we know why… Thunderbolt

Lion on a USB

This August Apple is expected to launch a USB thumb drive for $69 with Lion pre-installed on it. How does that compare to one you can make on your own? Let’s break it down:

Lion is $29.99 and can be easily installed on a thumb drive of your own which I found for as little as $10 shipped to your door. If you can’t wait until August or are you’re willing to put in a little work, you can save $30.

Sound off in the comments, below!

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4 thoughts on “Do the New Mini and MacBook Air Mean the End for Physical Media? | FOM

  1. Not only the MacBook Air and the Mini Mac, but also Apple TV. Since having an Apple TV I’ve not purchased a Blu ray or DVD for the past year. And with Bluetooth being added to everything but the kitchen sink, who needs physical media.

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