Cracking Open the Mac Mini 2011: Front
Unlike the 2010 Mac Mini, the 2011 model does not have an optical drive. Apple does sell and external drive, which could be used with the Mini. But, the absence of an optical drive highlights Apple's strategy of deploying software through the App Store.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.