One model of Mac book pro has built in super drive all others appear to be external. What is the purpose? is storage not local?

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  • The low-cost MacBook Pro (without Retina) is something of a holdover design from the previous generation MacBook Pros and, therefore, still has the Superdrive. All MacBook Pros have local storage, however, in either HDDs (such as the model you're considering) or SSDs (as included in the Retina models).

    If you have a decent internet connection, you'll find that you download virtually all of your software purchases today and do not need an optical drive. FWIW, we have an external Superdrive with our Mac Mini and use it only infrequently to rip the occasional CD.

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