No Blu-ray For Macs – For Now

Steve Jobs quashed suggestions that Apple would upgrade its Mac OS X Leopard to allow Blu-ray because of the cost of licensing and drives.

Speaking at today’s notebook keynote, Jobs said: "Blu-ray is just a bag of hurt. I don’t mean from the consumer point of view.

“It’s great to watch the movies, but the licensing of the tech is so complex, we’re waiting till things settle down and Blu-ray takes off in the marketplace before we burden our customers with the cost of the licensing and the cost of the drives."

Apple was an early backer of Blu-ray, but has been silent about adding Blu-ray drives to its notebooks or desktop computers.

Other manufactuers, such as Acer and HP , have already been shipping Blu-ray drives with their systems.

Responding to a question about HDMI, Jobs said the connector interface was "limited in resolution".

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president, went on to say that "for typical computer use, DisplayPort is the connector of the future".

Among the announcements at the special event were a redesigned MacBook Pro built using a new construction process similar to the one for the MacBook Air.

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