Any external USB DVD drive should do. You can probably get one for about £12. I did try the remote CD drive thing as well that lets you share the optical drive from another system, it did work but was pretty slow over wireless.
to be honest, i think i'd skip the 13.3 inch macbook pro anyway in favour of an ivy bridge update to the 13.3 inch macbook air.
having an optical drive or a firewire port isn't really a reason to opt for a device these days anyway. the only reason i can see for going for
the macbook pro 13.3 inch is if it was considerably cheaper than the air even with the supposed ivy bridge specs.
basically, once they figured out they could add a second usb port AND sd card slot to the mba and updated with the i5/i7 chips the macbook air
became the pound-for-pound king of notebooks. I'd consider a 15inch macbook pro IF it came in considerably lighter than the current model but it remains to be seen whether it's clearly distinguishable from the mba with much more horsepower, or whether it'll be something designed to steal the thunder from the Samsung series 9 15inch models with a design refresh. the current macbook pro does need a design refresh to make it look as svelte as the larger series 9 model.
aswell, it's going to be a case of apple being careful not to eat up any other of it's existing product lines with any new designs it comes up with.
I bought one of these for my macbook pro: Samsung SE-506AB/TSBD External BluRay-RW / DVD-RW Drive - Black (Retail) [SE-506AB/TSBD] not tried burning/reading yet but it does show up.
With the announcements yesterday does anyone know roughly how long it will take for the retailers to discount the current (old?) line, if at all?
Am interested in a pro/air and if there's a bargain to be had (in apple terms at least!) so much the better.
Also looking at the graph it shows that the iPhone 4 had slightly faster memory than the 4S ( iPhone 4 got around 22 vs the 4S which was getting about 18 ) ??
Also if the iPhone or even the iPad had thunderbolt and you had a thunderbolt NAS ( Pegasus ) or something like that you could transfer music / movies etc to your mobile device a lot quicker, even if you had to transcode it to MP4 or the likes, movies I normally have end up around at least 1Gb if not more and takes a while to transfer via USB 2.0 ( 3.0 is not an option as I only have a 2011 mac mini which has USB 2.0 not 3.0 )
Just noticed they have got rid of the 17" ones :(