Optical drives... why, why not?
It turns out that many people have bought or copied lots of movies on DVD's. So they want to play them. Netflix made a terrific business out of offering over 100,000 titles for just a few $, no late fees. Now Netflix offers streaming. So if you have high speed internet why use DVD.
Originally Posted by mx1
Also at one time all programs came on DVD (CD ... whatever). So we want to use all this old stuff. It was also a way to back up data, so we want to use that back up stuff. It was also an inexpensive way to share a lot of data.
Now all software is downloaded from secure servers. So the focus is away from even needing DVD. Apple for one has pulled all boxed programs, world wide. So MacBook AIR introduced a great laptop with no DVD... lighter in weight, a lot thinner, lots better battery usage, and SSD is instant on and fast...but no optical drive. So goes progress. The same could be said for thumb drives ... thus USB 2.0 ports. iPad has neither of them and you will not be getting them either. There are lots of other issues, but that is another story.
That is the background, and the motive. But it is also frustrating to those that want the new, and still want the old, also. Hope this is useful to some.