Really stupid idea. Apple?
I first thought it was already April 1st and I had somehow missed Winter, but it seems this really _is_ part of a patent application: Apple wants to put the optical drive at the _bottom_ of the next, smaller, MacBook
revision. This has to be one of the most stupid ideas ever to come out of Cupertino. Really: If the optical drive is _so_ unnecessary, I say just get rid of it altogether. But I happen to need it sometimes. You know: Rip an audio CD, burn a data CD - some users even use their Macs with iLife to create movies and music and the likes. They might need access to the drive as well...
(Edit: The link above seems to be down at the moment. Other info about the patent can be found here on AppleInsider
, also with more pictures.)