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The basic capabilities of the optical drive in each recent -- G3 and later -- Mac are listed below. For complete specs on a particular system, click on the name of the Mac (left column). For all Macs that match a specific optical drive type -- courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort -- click the optical drive of interest (right column).
Please note that the difference between optical drives provided by different models can be quite minute and this page only is intended to provide a basic overview. For the precise differences, please refer to the applicable specs pages and relevant Q&As.
Please also be mindful of asterisks, as these indicate that particularly important details are provided on the complete specs page.
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