Originally Posted by BenRoethig
I bought Macs because they used to offer better designs and functionality above what you find in the PC world. They're getting rid of that functionality and selling only a name. They are becoming no more than the Ikea or Abercrombie. If its elitist to have a computer that actually does just work or have technology to recover files easily should something go wrong, than admit it, I'm elitist
There you go! We know get tot he crux of why people want to FW400 even though it's a dying port interface technology.
I'll pay a bit more for a superior computer. Apple used to offer such computers until they found out they could sell a bunch to teenagers and college students on image alone.
Then, according to your posts, you should be happy because you can now by a superior computer for less money.
$1300 IS NOT ENTRY LEVEL.
Their refers to Apple. Notebook refers to non-desktop-grade AIOs. Entry level refers to Apple's cheapest notebook category. Hence my comment, "their entry level notebook category".
Get off the koolaid for a minute and look around.
Kool-Aid would refer to those that expect Apple to make product to only suit their needs, not to make products that make them money. Which one of us will buy a machine because it suits our needs and which one of us wants Apple to go against its grain to offer a dying port interface just so we can have a more elitist machine? Which one of us is apparently not happy with the $999 MB with FW400 because it doesn't have the new case design so we can show off how elitist we are?
I'll reiterate: If Apple isn't making a product that fits your needs then find another company that does. Apple has been moving away from FW400 for years now so expecting them to reverse direction now seems very unlikely.
The Macbook is a premium notebook.
Only if you compare it to cheap notebooks, but do you really think it's fair and genuine to compare Apple's cheapest offering to HP's cheapest offering?
Not only do I expect more from a machine in that price range, I expect more from Apple. Why? Because Apple used to give us more.
No, they didn't. This machine is much more powerful better built than any other MB or iBook before it, even the ones that cost more. The new Nividia graphics are now powerful enough to best many of the discrete GPUs that offered on their previous flagship notebooks.
No other computer company could give you very usable tools for video, music, and photos with the ports to use the accessories of your choice. Apple used to be the computer for the more demanding user. Now they're just Dell for the Eddie Bauer crowd. From the software to hardware, everything is getting features deleted instead of adding new ones.
Since when has Apple been about adding HW features and Dell is about deleting HW features. I bet I can find Dell machine that still have VGA ports and PCMCIA slots. Apple has always been about seeing where the future of computing is going and heading that way, sometimes even creating the path as they go.
Again: If you are too elitist to get a MB with FW400 and just have to use FW400, then by a non-Mac PC that does have FW400. Buy products that fit your needs.