So firewire is a Professional feature?
Not likely. It's not desired by switchers because on their PCs they never had, thus, never understood the benefits of having it. You can't miss something you've never had, so I understand that angle, sort of....read on.
But this is my heartburn, this is similar to the Auto industry and the Wireless Telephone industry, you treat new and target customers so well, and spend so much money and effort getting customers that you lose site of the paying customers [and how important they are] that have gotten where you are. Auto makers will market the crap out of cars and sell for any price to get you, but rape you on maintenance with overpriced parts and unchecked labor rates. Cellphone companies put so much effort into the $1-new-cellphone-on-contract deal that when you need a replacement phone the only way is to renew for not 1, but 2 more years to get a RAZR for $100. [I am trying not to rant, but prove background and details to support my argument]
All that have posted are correct, Apple added USB support in ipods in 2003 to increase sales, fine, understood, I think that was smart. It broadened the appeal and marketability of the iPod.[Which created the Halo effect] However, to this day I never understood why they *removed* FW support. There are 30 'pins' in that connector, you're telling me 6 of them couldn't be retained to *benefit* those with Macs and make their experience better?? "Syncing your iDevice on a Mac will take ?% less time, a reason to get a mac"! Use it as a marketing tactic!
It blew me away how quickly I could sync my 3rd Gen iPod on my mac, very fast. Then my frustration when I so-called "upgraded" to a 5th Gen Video model, took forever to load it!
So back on point, New Alum Macbook with no FW.
I think the true reason is Apple trying to create a line in the new blurred portable product set, albeit how artificial it is. Firewire is important to the user *base* of Macintosh users. We are heavily invested from the technical, financially and even now emotion angles this presents. We have come to depend on the ease of TDM, true throughput and ubiquity of the connection across all Apple hardware. We are invested in the actual FW hardware we have purchased. from Ext HDDs, Optical drives, and A/V peripherals[cameras, Audio Controls, etc]. And our emotional tie being that we are upset that one of the backbone features of our beloved Macs is now gone on a product poised to be the "affordable Mac Portable".
So, I think Apple has made a huge mistake and hope that is it's remedied in future refreshes of the Macbook.
I was planning on buying a Macbook Alum for my wife and a MBP for myself. Now I think I may hold off and use my wallet as a tool of protest since both our machines work well and I was only upgrading for the "new factor".
We'll see. I hope Jobs and Ive are paying attention. Firewire may not be popular with Switchers because they don't know what it is, but unfortunately for Apple Switchers aren't the only ones buying macs.