Date: Monday, March 14th, 2005, 00:04
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced that Apple will become a member of the consortium?s Board of Directors. Apple has been a leader in driving consumer adoption of DVD authoring since January 2001, with the introduction of its SuperDrive, the industry’s first high-volume CD- and DVD-burning drive, and its iDVD and DVD Studio Pro software applications.
Apple joins a “blu chip” list of companies already committed to the new technology including Dell, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Matsushita (Panasonic), Mitsubishi, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson/RCA.
A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25GB, which can be used to record over 2 hours of HDTV or more than 13 hours of standard-definition TV. There are also dual-layer versions of the discs that can hold 50GB.
It remains to be seen when Apple will begin to roll out the new higher density optical drives, but some speculate that Blu-Ray drives could arrive in the PowerBook G5 as early as this summer.