updated 08:30 am EDT, Mon October 5, 2009
Blu-ray not likely for new iMacs
Despite implications of Blu-ray Macs soon, the rumored iMac overhaul isn't slated to get the better disc format, tech writer John Gruber claimed on Sunday. Known for sources that have accurately predicted iPhone details, he said that Blu-ray was once considered likely but that the "new word" is that it has been dropped. Why this might be hasn't been addressed.
Apple has gradually shown signs it's willing to officially support Blu-ray as it has added Blu-ray burning to Final Cut Studio, but company chief Steve Jobs has famously described the 50GB disc format as a "bag of hurt" due to the copyright protection and licensing problems associated with the technology. The drives also remain more expensive than DVD drives even for combo drives, or those that can only read Blu-ray but can still write DVDs.
Gruber does believe the new iMacs, thinner MacBooks, cheaper Mac minis and new peripherals are all likely, though it's unclear whether he's drawing on sources or reacting to speculation and FCC leaks.