Apple Event Begs Question: Do You Use Your Computer’s CD/DVD Drive?

If you love Apple products, you already know about the “Back to the Mac” event happening today at 1pm EST. If you aren’t a big fan of Apple or don’t know about the event, read on!

Heads up non-Applephiles! All those people in your office, school, or really anywhere who love / lust after Apple products are going to be glued to their computer monitor this afternoon. That’s because Apple is holding a hypefest show called “Back to the Mac” to debut its latest version of the Macbook Air as well as its operating system. We don’t know for sure yet, but it’s looking like the Air will get a minor refresh before the main event… a new feature that is supposedly going to make people flock to Apple stores worldwide (more than usual). What is that special feature? Will the new OS be called iOS Lion? Only time will tell.

There’s no word on the graphics or storage in the new Air, but it should have a significantly smaller 11.6-inch display, a 2.13/2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 gigabytes of memory, two USB ports, a Mini DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and no optical drive. Want to watch the Apple event live? According to Apple PR, all you gotta do is head over to apple.com. Here’s their PR-speak:

Apple® will broadcast its October 20 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on October 20, 2010 at www.apple.com.

This begs the important question: do you use your CD/DVD drive on your computer? I personally have realized the last time I used it was about 6 months ago to install some Adobe products. Since then, I might as well be storing my valuables in my computer. (First I need to obtain said valuables.)

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**There’s also a ton of speculation circulating the interwebs right now about a potential new device or feature that will be unveiled today. Could it be a smaller iPad? A joint deal between Apple and Verizon? You’ll have to tune in to see.**