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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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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

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December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald