I do not see Apple's name in the Founders which means apple had no part in designing, or creating the "standard." Their name is in BRDA so that they could get great pricing and selling it any which way they can within the standards.
BRD has evolved since its founding. We have no idea who has contributed what to the platform since its inception. But no matter, even if Apple had nothing to do with anything, they could license it if there was actual demand for it (just as they started supporting USB 3)
I bet Apple could tell everyone tomorrow they're dropping USB support and everyone in the Apple forums would be like "No big deal, I hardly use USB", "I only use thunderbolt, Mac users don't use USB anyways".
I bet Apple could tell everyone tomorrow they're dropping USB support and everyone in the Apple forums would be like "No big deal, I don't use USB hardly", "I only use thunderbolt, Mac users don't use USB anyways".
It's funny you should say that, because I've noticed that I've been using USB less and less all the time, I have a Thunderbolt monitor, I have been considering a thunderbolt external drive to replace my USB external for storage, and I've been wondering if other Mac users even use USB anymore ... -- Not many people know this, but I happen to be quite famous...
I use USB all the time; wacom tablet, syncing iPods and Android, SD adapters, receiver for my solar KB, MIDI box...
Portable drives are FW and printers are wireless or on a print server but I still use USB all the time.
But optical drives aren't comparable to "USB", more akin to floppies. Floppies fell out of favor but you can run an external if you really need it. Optical drives are the same way. I only use mine to rip CD, DVD or BRD. I can't remember the last time I actually used them for Mac/PC software, maybe the rip of my Office 2011 disc. All of my software are downloads, like Windows 8 yesterday, Steam, or Quickbooks & Office 2010 from Amazon. I not missing an optical in my MBA, never use the one in my MBP. Thinkpad uses that bad for a 2nd battery or 2nd HDD. In my old iMac I never used the onboard drive, always my LG. So I wouldn't miss having one in a new iMac.
I took out my supper drive out of my MBP almost two years ago. I took out my wife's earlier this year. She never used hers. I hardly used mine and it was only to rip a few movies. All software is downloaded now. I download most (if not all) media now. I don't even have a dvd player hooked up to my tv. My kids (years 8, 4 and 4) don't even know what a dvd is, lol. -- Money can't buy you happiness ... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
I couldn't care less about the lack of Blu-Ray on Mac products. I have a dedicated setup in my living room for hi-def movies. Everything else I can stream. Besides, most first-run Blu-ray releases have an included digital product or SD-DVD included.
I've already lived my life around this and will continue to. This only affects you if you want a Mac-based HTPC or if you want to take advantage of Blu-ray's massive storage allowance, in which case you can use an external drive. There's also the option of ripping your Blu-ray movie and playing it from your Mac or Mac-based HTPC. It's a non-issue at this point. -- neuronbob.com