After considering the ultra-thin form factor of the new MacBook, the guys over at 9to5mac have concluded that the new model might be shipping without the famous slot loading disc drive. This isn’t supported by any evidence as of yet but there’s been speculation for a while that such a model might be in the works.
All this crazy talk is based on the fact that backup systems have migrated to online services, and most software is installed via USB drives or downloads. Supposedly this would be the only effective way of slimming down the notebook without cutting back on battery life or processing power. This is sounding more and more like Apple’s fabled ultra-portable, we’ll see soon enough.