New MacBook Pros are the first ever laptop to offer a “Douple”-layer SuperDrive - Macenstein

New MacBook Pros are the first ever laptop to offer a “Douple”-layer SuperDrive

While the new MacBook Pro updates seemingly offered no real surprises this morning, faithful Macenstein reader Kerry Brys noted that the 17-inch model is offering a “Douple”-layer SuperDrive.

Apple has not yet commented on the benefits, if any, of a douple-layer drive, but odds are this is some new hybrid between the current double-layer drives, and a new triple-layer drive format that has not yet been approved by the industry. This is not the first time Apple has adopted a new tech spec before gaining official approval. Back in 2003 Apple adopted the wireless 802.11g spec in its AirPort base stations before it gained IEEE approval, and had been selling them for some time when the official spec (which was slower than Apple thought) was approved.

15 Responses to “New MacBook Pros are the first ever laptop to offer a “Douple”-layer SuperDrive”
  1. Cindy version 3.0 says:


  2. Dave says:

    You should never record heavy metal in doubly.

  3. Art Vandelay says:

    Could it be Apple’s naming for a Blu-Ray Drive?

  4. Like Sony calls FireWire “iLink”?
    Tha would be awesome.
    -The Doc

  5. Adam Nelson says:

    Some intern is fired.

  6. That’s nothing. Apple thinks that italians and others european freaks deserve 256MB of video Ram less than you yankees…

    256 MB instead of 512 on high end pros….

    By phone they told me it’s a mistake made by the webmaster. Too many things to do for the web team this tuesday…

  7. thecrow says:

    And in the Italian Apple Store the new macbook pros have 128/256 video memory depending on the model………. bha

  8. Ethan says:

    “Like Sony calls FireWire “iLink”?”

    A marketing name for a marketing name? What was wrong with “FireWire”, I wonder?

  9. big skee says:

    couldn’t it be just a spelling mistake?

  10. global says:

    Look at storage in the right hand column, not that i want to strain your research a bit ;), but guess what! They all come with a double layer drive. It does appear that the drives are different, or they are firmware different, as the specs are not identical.

    Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW

    Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW; 6x DVD-RW; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer); 24x CD-R; 16x CD-RW


  11. Phelim says:

    From what i can see the two high-end MacBook’s have this also.

  12. bored2death says:

    Go to your hardware supplier of choice & look for DVD recordable blanks labelled DVD+R DL.

    These new disk blanks allow storage of 8.5Gb on a single side hence the name “Double Layer”.

    The Mac Pro’s support burning to this media.

    Christ, you guys are seriously out of touch, even an old fart like me knows this…

  13. bored2death says:

    DVD+R DL is a recordable disk format supporting 8.5Gb storage on a single side via dual layers.

    The fact that Mac’s can do this is a GOOD THING.

    Cluestick deployed

  14. bored2death, thanks for the cluestick, but you may need one yourself.
    The point of the article was Apple’s uncorrected Type-O.

    -The Doc

Leave A Comment


Click here to inquire about making a fortune by advertising your game, gadget, or site on Macenstein.