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Apple Declares the Optical Disc Obsolete

With the launch of the new Mac minis this morning, Apple declared the optical disc obsolete.

“Mac mini is designed without an optical disc drive,” the company said in the device’s promotional materials. “Because these days, you don’t need one.”

Certainly not for Apple software. This morning the company end-of-lifed retail-box versions of a number of its products including iWork, Aperture 3, iLife ’11, Apple Remote Desktop and a bunch of GarageBand Jam Packs.

Boxed versions of those applications will still be available for order from Apple’s online store, but the trend here is pretty clear. From now on, you’ll get your Mac software via the App Store.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik