Urban Legend: Combo Drives in TiBooks

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Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2001, 01:13
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I have read numerous reports and emails that tell a story that goes like this:

A TiBook owner frustrated with problems with his ‘Book sends it back to Apple for repair. When he gets it back from repair several days later he is astonished to find that instead of the standard DVD-ROM the newly “repaired” TiBook comes back with a DVD/CD-RW combo drive, like the one in the high-end iBook.

Like other urban legends, several variants are making the rounds, but the gist is generally the same. There are even several “different” reports of this happening. The problem is that no one has come forward to show their TiBook with a combo drive in it – perhaps for fear of reprisal from Apple or that they might take it back?

There are several problems with this story, the biggest being that if Apple had a combo drive mechanism thin enough to fit into a TiBook they would certainly release it with the Rev. B TiBook (550 and 667 MHz) on 16 October — or at least offer it as a Configure To Order (CTO) option. Some have justified the “limited release” by saying that Apple’s suppliers don’t have enough of the drives ready yet.


Go2Mac challenges anyone who claims to have a combo TiBook to come forward and prove it. Until then, don’t believe everything you read.

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