It feels like we just made the switch from floppy disks and VHS tapes to CD-ROMs and DVDs. And we’re already switching from discs to …thumb drives and clouds? Apple is making the first step in obsolescing discs, and—more than likely—everyone is going to have to follow along to keep up.
Apple has removed their DVD drives from Mac Mini computers, and MacBook Airs already didn’t have one. This means that if you want to play a CD or watch a DVD, you will need a separate SuperDrive to do so.
Some believe Apple did this to cut costs, and others think it’s because Apple is simply just retiring discs all together. But what are the pluses and minuses about this, and is it really necessary to outdate CDs and DVDs?
A few arguments for the upgrade are that discs make noise, they can get scratched, they use more battery power on a computer, they’re slower, and they’re less convenient. The internet has made sharing files easy as pie, but do we really want to convert everything to just computer files? It seems like Blu-ray players just came out for goodness sake! What am I going to do with all those Blu-ray DVDs now???!
Apple’s iCloud is making moves like we never imagined and is changing our technology and world as we all know it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but how are we all suppose to keep up?!