Originally Posted by MJ Web
Upon examining the MB chassis and logic board it's clear to me there was no technical basis for removing the Firewire. There's room for FW and including it would only increase the cost of the Macbook incrementally.
Of course it's all about marketing. Other vendors go the other way by adding every point they can think of to make the tech specs look more impressive., but ho needs VGA, HDMI, Serial and Parallel Ports. I saw new PC notebook that had all that. Different goals for different Co.'s.
That leave me to conclude AAPL crippled the Macbook strictly for marketing purposes. In so doing they pissed off a lot of users (like me) who have taken AAPL's lead and invested heavily in Firewire.
There have been years of evidence of Apple letting go of FW400 which was clearly obsolescing.
It's also unlike AAPL to downgrade to an inferior technology like USB in their new products. Remember, a CD-ROM was a step-up from a floppy drive -- not a step down!
Not true. The PowerBooks had DL-burning SuperDrives, The 15" MBPs that replaced them only a SL-burning SuperDrive for 2 revisions, until the tech advanced to allow DL-burning on the 9.5mm optical drives.
I predict AAPL may reincorporate FW in the MB because in the past AAPL has admitted and remedied former missteps. The $600 iPhone, for example. I know it's a long shot but we'll see. I left feedback with AAPL to this effect.
That was a price reduction after the surge had died down, they did no change to the HW midstream. The cases you see in the MB and MBP will be pretty much the same for the next 3-4 years. Hopefully, they will add the chip(s) that allow FW400/800 over Ethernet as I posted above in an earlier post. That could probably be done cheaply, and be beneficial, but we can do Migration Assistant over any of the ports now, so that is a plus.