RUMOR: Blu-ray-equipped Macs due in February

“While Sony is working feverishly to secure every Blu-ray drive it can for the PlayStation 3, sources report talks with Apple have the computer maker scheduled to receive the first Blu-ray drives for Macs in February,” Think Secret reports.

Think Secret reports, “Details beyond that timetable are vague at this point, including whether systems will be announced with the new drive that month, pre-announced in January for a later release, or simply be added to manufacturing for an announcement later in the first quarter.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced on March 10, 2005 that Apple was “pleased to join the Blu-ray Disc Association board as part of our efforts to drive consumer adoption of HD.”

According to The Blu-ray Disc Association’s website, HD DVD’s pre-recorded capacities are 15 GB for a single layer disc, or 30 GB for a double layer disc. Blu-ray Disc provides 67% more capacity per layer at 25 GB for a single layer and 50GB for a double layer disc. It’s par for the course that Apple backs the superior format while Microsoft supports the inferior one.

It does, however, bear noting that Apple is playing both sides of the fence in a wait and see mode. According to a press release from April 17, 2005, “Apple is committed to both emerging high definition DVD standards—Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Apple is an active member of the DVD Forum which developed the HD DVD standard, and last month joined the Board of Directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association.”

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36 Comments

  1. It’s inevitable that B-R and HDVD will appear on the Mac Pro in some form, or option, etc sooner or later. It’s just a question of timing and details. Apple has to provide it at least as quickly as third parties like OWC…

    I’m no longer concerned about the supposed race or conflict over which standard will win out… that’s gotten so much “betamax vs VHS” ink that I cannot stand to see another useless article about it.

    The higher capacity would be great with B-R but in the end I don’t care much, because other storage options are out there as hard drives and external SATA are getting cheaper and faster… In the end this is just going to be a blip issues. What I’ve heard these drives will be costing no one will be buying in bulk for another year or two or more anyway… This is one way over-hyped story I’m sick of hearing about.

  2. It seems to not make any sense for Apple to take a position in this format war. But then again, I didn’t grow a 6 billion dollar company to 20 billion, and I didn’t invent the iPod. What do I know?

    About as much as most analysts, I reckon.

  3. HD DVD rather than Bluray is the choice for me:

    1. better looking movies discs.

    VC-1 codec on 30GB HD DVD beats legacy MPEG-2 codec on 25GB Bluray discs, no need for expensive 50GB Bluray to get MPEG-2 producing ‘comparable’ quality with modern codecs.

    2. you can burn HD DVD format on regular DVD with a regular DVD player — no need for expensive hardware. Can fit an ‘hour long’ (i.e. 42 min) HDTV show from TS onto DVD.

    High capacity blank discs cost a fortune, you can buy external hard discs cheaper!

  4. BlueRay DVD will come to rule the computing and movie world due to it’s capability for increasing capacity unlike HD-DVD.

    Apple is developing the next Mac Pro, a dual quad core beast with BlueRay DVD and Superdrive especially for the HD video industry.

    HD-DVD may have gotten a small head start, but at the finish line BD-DVD is going to rule.

    We will be soon able to backup entire boot drives to one BlueRay DVD, and be able to boot off of it in emergencies or restoration.

    Nice try Microsoft, you lose.

  5. Apple has always set the pace in deciding these things and it’s normally been on the right side too. I don’t see why it should be any different with Blu-Ray.

    Be another example of MMM (MoreMicrosoftMediocrity) ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  6. United States of Generica,

    Who told you this load of BS? The new DVD Forum standard supports VC-1 (Windows Media), H 264 (MPEG 4), and MPEG 2, on both HD-DVD and BlueRay discs. There is no difference in the formats they support and the big difference is that BlueRay can hold a lot more of it.

    VC-1 is a bastard video format and proof that Microsoft still has the ability to strongarm their way into markets that they want to control.

  7. It’s Bluray BTW, not Blueray.

    It’s an America cliche that BIGGER IS BETTER!!! but that’s not the case here. Simply because discs have slightly higher capacity does not make them better.

    The Bluray drives in Sony Vaio’s? Can not read dual-layer 50GB Bluray discs, and therefore can not play the BD movies whose MPEG-2 quality is ‘comparible’ to HD DVD movies.

    Shame Bluray access times are so slow that PS3 has to cache data from it’s BD drive to hard disc.

    From a consumer standpoint, BD is poisoned by worst DRM than HD DVD (was specially requested by Fox), and won’t even allow managed copy.

    Consumers can’t make their own cheap Bluray format DVDs either, you can only buy expensive Bluray drive and expensive Bluray media.

    Some people here seem to think what ever Apple says is gospel, but Apple is not infalible! Although originally joining Bluray camp has since announced support for HD DVD too.

    If you want to write to blank Blu-ray or HD DVD for storage you are insane, external hard discs are far cheaper; and by the time prices are down you will get flash memory USB keys that hold just as much as either next-gen optical format.

  8. Mo: yes both formats support all three codecs, and studios can choose from all three but they do not.

    VC-1 (albeit invented by M$) is three times as efficient as MPEG-2, and gets consistenly fantastic reviews. It would be illogical to hate this just because M$ created it.

    All HD DVD movies are VC-1 on 30GB discs and look great.

    Most Bluray movies are MPEG-2 on 25GB discs and look not as good as HD DVD.

    Check reviews of Bluray versus HD DVD, and read up on movie enthusiasts sites like AVFORUMS.COM and you’ll get informed.

    This is why sales of HD DVD movies are killing sales of Bluray ones — the home theater crowd are generally behind HD DVD.

    http://www.thedvdwars.com

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