Originally posted by kim kap sol
You're talking about a niche market within a niche market: Niche^2. It's unjustifiable...it's like me asking for a built-in NES cartridge loader so I can download the the many cartridge ROMs I collect to my computer so I can play them on an emulator.
Just buy the PCI cards that you need and be done with it. No need to put 2 ports that will be used by 1% of the already very small Mac user base.
The question is what is meant by niche. The biomedical industry is one that Apple has been pushing for years, and in which they have done fairly well. But there are catagories that they are not in, because of issues such as this. The same is true for other industries they are involved in.
It's too easy, when sitting down at a computer, to think that if we don't need something, that others don't as well. Apple wants very badly to get a big chunk of the scientific computing market. In large parts of that market, they had a bigger marketshare than they do now. One reason is the problem of control interfacing.
As I mentioned earlier, there were a number of companies that offered these serial cards to the Mac market for this very purpose. But Apple removed much of the necessary software from the OS when they went to OS X. Thinking, I suppose, the same thing that is being said here. But the markets didn't follow. They still use serial control. And Apple is lagging there. If we just had some good hi end boards it would help. But, Apple has to understand this, and they don't seem to.
We have discussed many times the fact that Apple doesn't always know what's best for them.
The same think is true for SCSI. While the use for it has diminished, it has caused problems in some areas, such as the hi end printer markets, where many machines run off SCSI. The big problem here is not the ports, or cards, it is simply that in 10.3, Apple removed some important software from the OS which has caused problems ever since. There was no need to remove it, they just wanted to push people off it, and on to Firewire.