A patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals plans for a mini-disk adapter that would allow companies to distribute media on smaller disk formats and still have them load in Apple slot-load disk drives.
One of the problems with using slot drives is that you typically can’t insert mini-disks or disk that have been cut into a shape beyond the standard disk circle. The adapter is described as either breaking into two pieces, or folding up for easy storage.
Now, the only reason I can think of something like this being necessary is if Apple is planning to move to smaller disks for some releases. My personal speculation is that this may reveal that Apple is planning to update the drives that it installs in all Macs, switching to a drive like the Nintendo Wii that will accept smaller disks. This adapter would be for those of us that don’t upgrade, but still need to access the media on those smaller disks.
If they do this, I hope these adapters come free with software, because I don’t think I should have to pay extra because they decide to move to a smaller disk format to save money.
Of course, its possible that this is just a patent filing, and never see the light of day.