It's the end of an era. At Tuesday's iPad and Mac Event, Apple refreshed the
MacBook Pro with Retina Display with Intel's fourth-generation "Haswell" Core
processors and other enhancements. In the process, the company quietly put to
bed the last remaining Mac computers that include an internal "SuperDrive."
For now, the "standard" $1,199 13-inch MacBook Pro - with SuperDrive - remains
available to order through the Apple Store, but no mention of it is apparent
on Apple's product web site (except for an obtrusive link that I missed until
it was pointed out to me). It's a legacy product, as well - untouched since it
was last refreshed in 2012.
When Apple introduced the iMac in 1998, it shocked many for its absence of a
floppy disk - indeed, the first Mac _not_ to have a floppy disk drive as
standard equipment, ever. At the time, naysayers in the industry thought that
Apple had jumped the gun. Floppy disks had been standard issue on computers
for years - a common delivery medium for software installers and an
indispensible tool for "sneakernet" - the colloquial term used to describe
physically moving files from one computer to ...