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Super Drive in all iBooks?


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I'm off to college next year, go me go and still after waiting for ever for Apple to put a SuperDrive in the 12" iBook (so i can burn movies using iDVD), it has not happened.

Will Apple ever put a SuperDrive in the 12" iBooks?

Can I use a third party DVD drive with iDVD?

Yes, yes I now 12" Powerbook have SuperDrives, but I want an iBook over a powerbook, because school is tough on a laptop and iBooks are the best at ware and tear.
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I'd put money down that this will be an option for the 12" iBook within the next year. It's now an option on the 14" iBook.

Many people here have reported success with the LaCie external DVD burner.

You can also go to outfits like OWC and MacResQ and have an aftermarket SuperDrive installed.
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I opted to just get external and get combo. I'd rather be able to keep my external if I ever sold or when this one was outdated. Superdrive is convenient but I'd rather spend that $200 on something I can keep. That was just my opinion though when I made the purchase 6 months ago. I just don't like burning much off of my internal drive. My Lacie D/L does the job and you can get others but I'm not sure which brands. You can now get Lacie with the Lightscribe feature now which I hear is pretty nice. To answer your question though, YES, iDVD does work with 3rd party writers.

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I'm off to college next year, go me go and still after waiting for ever for Apple to put a SuperDrive in the 12" iBook (so i can burn movies using iDVD), it has not happened.

Will Apple ever put a SuperDrive in the 12" iBooks?

Can I use a third party DVD drive with iDVD?

Yes, yes I now 12" Powerbook have SuperDrives, but I want an iBook over a powerbook, because school is tough on a laptop and iBooks are the best at ware and tear.
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I'm off to college next year, go me go and still after waiting for ever for Apple to put a SuperDrive in the 12" iBook (so i can burn movies using iDVD), it has not happened.

Will Apple ever put a SuperDrive in the 12" iBooks?

Can I use a third party DVD drive with iDVD?

Yes, yes I now 12" Powerbook have SuperDrives, but I want an iBook over a powerbook, because school is tough on a laptop and iBooks are the best at ware and tear.
Back in april I was complaining about this at my Apple store. The woman who owns the place told me they can give me a 12" ibook with superdrive if I really wanted it. I ended up not getting it because I needed the computer that day, and I was told I'd have to wait a week to get one with SDrive.
I was given the option to go back whenever I wanted to have it installed.

Anyway my point here is - Go to your Apple store and say you NEED it.
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just buy a superdrive and upgrade it yourself, kind of pricey though. Personally I think the PowerBooks would hold up just fine in a school situation, they feel a lot more solid.
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The iBook 12" is a economic model, don't expect a compact car to have a V8 engine. At least until DVD burners (for laptops) price drops a lot more. I truly believe an external DVD buner will help you more, they are faster and cheaper. Also upgrading the optical drive of your iBook means the end of your warranty and is not as easy as it sound (check link below).

http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/50.15.0.html
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