Do New iMacs Have CD Drives?

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IMacs are one of the most popular computer models for Mac users. They offer a sleek design, powerful performance, and the latest features. However, with the introduction of newer models, many people have been asking: do new iMacs have CD drives?

The answer is not as simple as a yes or no. In older models of iMacs from 2011 and before, you would find a built-in optical drive that could read CDs, CD data disks, DVDs and DVD data disks. But in newer models starting with 2012, you won’t find an optical drive at all. This means that if you need to play CDs or DVDs on your iMac, you’ll need an external CD/DVD drive.

If you’re looing to buy a new iMac and still need to use CDs or DVDs regularly, you might be better off buying an older model with the built-in optical drive instead. It’s important to note that while these older models may be slightly outdated in terms of hardware and software compared to newer models, they still offer a great user experience. Plus, if you purchase one from Apple’s Refurbished Store, you can get it for a discounted price!

At the end of the day though it’s up to each individual user to decide which model best fits their needs. If having access to CDs or DVDs is important for your work or entertainment needs then going with an older model with an optical drive mght be your best bet. On the other hand if you don’t need access to those types of media often then going with the newer iMacs without an optical drive is probably the way to go!

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Playing CDs on a New iMac

To play CDs on your new iMac, start by inserting the CD into the CD or DVD drive of your computer. If a dialog apears (depending on what you chose to happen when you insert a CD), click Cancel. Then, open the Music app on your Mac and double-click the song you want to play from the CD. Your selected song will then begin playing through your iMac’s speakers. You can also use an external drive connected to your computer to play CDs in Music.

Does the iMac Have a CD Drive?

Yes, all iMacs come with an optical drive, known as a SuperDrive, which is capable of reading CDs, CD data disks, DVDs and DVD data disks. This type of drive uses a slot into which you insert a disk insted of an extending tray.

Does the New iMac Have a CD ROM?

No, the new iMacs do not have a CD/DVD slot. Apple removed the optical drive from the design of teir iMacs in 2012 with their introduction of the Retina display model. If you need to use CDs or DVDs with your new iMac, you can buy an external CD/DVD drive that connects to your computer via USB port.

The Last iMac Model with a CD Drive

The last iMac model with a built-in CD drive was the Mid 2011 iMac. This model was released on May 3, 2011, and discontinued on October 27, 2016. It featured a 21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, with an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM as standard configurations. It also had a 500GB hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card and came pre-installed with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system. The Mid 2011 iMac also included an 8x SuperDrive for burning both CDs and DVDs. This model was the last Apple desktop computer to include an integrated optical drive for playing/burning CDs and DVDs before beng replaced by the slim unibody Mac mini in late 2018.

Playing a CD on a Mac Without a CD Drive

If your Mac does not have a built-in CD drive, you can purchase an external optical disc reader that connects to your computer via a USB cable. This will allow you to play any type of CD on your Mac, including music CDs and software discs. To do this, simply insert the disc into the external drive and use the appropriate media player or software on your Mac to play the disc. Depending on what type of CD you are trying to play, you may need additional software in order to make it work.

Mac Computers With CD Drives

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the only Mac currently available with a CD drive. It features a SuperDrive which allows you to play and burn both CDs and DVDs. The optical drive is located on the right side of the laptop, making it easy to access. To use the drive, simply insert your disc and select the action you would like to perform from the pop up menu.

Troubleshooting CD Playback Issues on an iMac

There could be sveral reasons why your CD won’t play on your iMac. First, make sure the disc is correctly placed in the drive and that it isn’t dirty or damaged. If it still doesn’t work, it could be a compatibility issue. Check to see if your iMac supports the type of media you are trying to play (CD-R, DVD-R, etc.). Additionally, make sure you have the correct software installed to play the disc – some types of media require special software. If all else fails, try playing the disc on another computer with a compatible drive to ensure it is not a problem with the disc itself.

The Absence of a CD Slot on Mac Computers

The latest generation of iMacs no longer come with a CD/DVD SuperDrive built in. This is due to the fact that the enclosure of the iMac has become increasingly thinner over time, making it impossible to install an optical drive thin enugh to fit inside the device. If you want to use CDs or DVDs with your Mac, you can purchase an external drive from Apple or a third-party manufacturer. This external drive can be connected via USB and will allow you to read and write CDs and DVDs, just as if you had a built-in SuperDrive in your Mac.


In conclusion, the iMac is a powerful and attractive all-in-one desktop computer from Apple. The latest models offer impressive performance, with up to 8-core processors, high-resolution displays, and excellent graphics capabilities. However, not all iMacs come with an optical drive; only models released before mid 2011 have a built-in SuperDrive. If you need an optical drive for your iMac, you will need to purchase an external one separately. However, its lack of an optical drive does not diminish the fact that the iMac is still one of the best all-in-one systems available today.

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Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.