Originally Posted by otwayross
- it's the only tech on high end video cameras & audio interfaces
Operative words: high end
- there is no replacement for USB2
USB3.0 is the replacement for USB2.0
- there is no other fast(er) mobile powered connection tech on the market
And becasue of that Apple is required to keep FW400 in their entire MB line, despite it being available in the low-end MB, and the MBPs have FW800. The writing is on the wall.
From that link, "Also, most pro and semi-pro cameras continue to use FireWire". That doesn't mention consumer-grade peripherals. If you haven't realized, Apple is marketing the MB to the average consumer. That link also talks about DV cameras, which are a dying breed, and that 20% you mention, which they state as 17-20% is not about peripherals or PCs, but about set top boxes. Besides that, Apple has removed FW800 from the MBP, which is marketed a prosumer and professional machine. FW400 as a port interface is a dead end, you will accept this sooner or later.
- the currently best rated consumer video cameras rely on FW
How many of the best selling HD camcorders on Amazon have FW as their main output source?
you don't have to agree with that - but simply stating that you think FW is outdated doesn't make it so
Facts and logic make it so. I never stated that FW is dead, I stated that FW400 is an obsolescing port interface. I also stated that this may not have happened if Apple had had the foresight to use the same port interface for FW400 as it uses for FW800-3200. I also stated that the new design of the unibody MB and MBPs do not allow for the same number of ports to be present, and that the low man on the totem pole is FW400, for the reasons stated above.
just accept the fact that you purchased an expensive non-expandable MB
which will have a lower value than either the previous and replacement models (when they come out) because the previous will have FW and the replacement will have FW, USB3 or both
Perhaps you should accept that I bought my a unibody MB knowing full well the specs. Perhaps you should also accept that most people don't need FW and a great many buying MBs have never used or even heard of FW. As for the lowered value of the MB, that is no concern to me as I will be giving my machine away in two cycles time to buy a new one, as I always do.
i've just accepted that i'll have to wait (with my dying blackbook)
until the replacements are out
Dying? if it's going bad then buy a $999 MB or a refurbished black MB. This woos me, sky is falling attitude about 2 of 3 MB models not having FW400 is such incredible whining. Apple is YOUR company. If they offer a product you like/want/need, then buy it. If they don't, then don't buy it, but whining about it on a forum makes no sense. Perhaps you should rework your posts into emails to Steve Jobs. They will potentially serve a much better purpose to get FW back into the MB. BTW, where will they put it. I see no place to put it that doesn't involve reducing the battery size (which also had to shrink to make the new unibody Mac notebooks) so ports can be placed on the other side of the Kensington lock or by removing a USB port, but since USB is considerably more useful to almost everyone but a few posters on this forum, I don't see Apple removing it in favour of adding FW. Perhaps they can push the ports together in some places, but I've checked these new unibody machines against other machines and these are already pushed together as close as they can.[/QUOTE]