Apple’s plan to wipe out disc drives is nearly complete

The disc drive is dead — or it’s at least issuing a triumphant death rattle.

Not in PCs just yet, but certainly in Apple’s Macs. Earlier this week Apple introduced updated versions of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, alongside an all new Mac Pro. What wasn’t updated was Apple’s line of non-Retina MacBook Pros, the only Apple devices that were still sporting a disc drive. In fact, Apple axed the 15-inch version and trimmed the non-Retina line to a single, 13-inch machine. The company has whittled away at product lines like this in the past, and it’s usually a sign of imminent extinction.

All this started with the arrival of the MacBook Air in 2008. The specialty computer trimmed the MacBook Pro’s inch-thick size by getting rid of the disc drive and many of the ports.

A high price tag kept most people from snapping up an Air over one of Apple’s less expensive notebooks. But as time went by, slimmer, cheaper, and more powerful models came out, and it eventually replaced Apple’s plastic MacBooks as the entry level notebook.   More