If you’re the owner of a shiny new MacBookPro Core 2 Duo, and you’re sick of the DVD region locking on the drive, rejoice!
It seems the SuperDrive is no longer manufactured by Matshita (Panasonic) which proved to be fairly resilient to region hacking. Instead, the SuperDrive is a “HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA”, manufactured by LG, and there is already a region-free firmware you can flash the drive with! Hopefully in the future there will be a firmware with increased burn speed e.g. 16x -R, 8x DL+R. That would be sweet, and it’s what your expensive laptop deserves.
Caveat emptor! I haven’t tried this out yet so I can’t confirm if the firmware works. I suggest waiting for a few field reports before risking your drive. For the brave, all the details are here.