The next-generation models of Apple's iMac and Mac Pro could, for the first time in almost two decades, ship without a built-in optical drive.
The anonymous source was sifting through Boot Camp files and found several references to unreleased Mac Pros and iMacs – the Mac Pro 6 and iMac 13.
As AppleInsider noted, the removal of the optical drive from the all-in-one desktop iMac could help make room in the machine for other components. The additional space could also make it easier for designers to slim down the computer, giving it a look closer to that of an LED TV.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple has been steadily removing the optical drive from its Mac lineup. The fifth-generation Mac Mini, released in 2011, was the first non-server version of the tiny computer to lack an optical drive, AppleInsider reported. Other optical-free Macs include the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with Retina display.
The Retina display MacBook Pro made a big splash at WWDC earlier this summer, but Apple's desktop fanboys were far from pleased that they again appeared to be an afterthought when it came to new products.
After a worried customer emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the slight, Cook responded to say that "we're working on something really great for later next year."