Macotakara reports that Apple has finished the final stages of testing 15-inch MacBook Air models. They claim that, according to “Asian intelligence,” Apple has decided to lose the traditional optical drive in this product.
9to5Mac suggests that Apple was instead testing a larger, 15-inch model of their current MacBook Air line. This makes sense since there is no possible way for a notebook without an optical drive to lose one, which leads us to assume that Apple plans to toss optical drives out of the portable equation soon. This has been rumored to happen ever since Jobs talked about going diskless and into the cloud, but no action has been taken — with the exception of the MacBook Air and Mac mini.
As a reminder, this is merely a report that could turn out to be wrong, so it’s best not to hope for anything until magic part numbers start showing up in Apple’s inventory system.