No, it doesn't. It won't work with any iMac that was originally built with an internal CD/DVD drive. Per Apple. Amazon should change their description so that potential customers don't fall into the same trap that we did. By the time we realized that for our 2010 iMacs, the drive was an anchor, it was too late to return it.
You have a MacBook Pro that has a built in Superdrive. Per Apple the new, external Superdrive will not work with an of the older, aka Built in Superdrive computers. If you have time to return it, I'd return it to Amazon for a credit.
It performs the same drive functions as the built-in one did. Apple primarily built it to accommodate the new iMac and the MacBook Air which are too thin to hold a built-in drive.
thin to take a built-in drive.
Not at all! Though you CAN use one of course but it's not necessary; when you have a CD or DVD in the drive, it will either have the location reflected on your desktop or iTunes (if your using that application)- otherwise, it most surely would be found on your desktop or drive / program finder. There by the name of the cd or DVD, you will see a tiny arrow pointing down next to it or below it (can't really remember)- you then just move the curser with your trackpad (or mouse) and click on it and you content will eject smoothly.
Not in and of itself, but if your computer does not have a cd drive (like a MacBook Air, retina MacBook Pro, current Mac mini or IMac) this will allow itunes to read and rip your cd and then convert to mp3