Originally Posted by Techslacker
So I'm guessing you think that displayport is going to be greater than 2% on a Macbook? What about the altered headphone jack just so people with iphone headphones can now use the clicker? How about the new trackpad? The previous one worked pretty damn good. Do you really think very many percentagewise will be using the new gesture features?
I've defended Apple in the past in arguments regarding their reputation of form over function but in the case of the Macbook, there is no argument. They blew it with one of their (previous?)core customer bases.
Displayport is used by maybe 0.1% of the users right now. However, it is forward looking - meaning (at least Apple thinks) most users will move to Displayport over the next 2 to 3 years.
Apple is not always right on new technologies. Remember ADC?
However, Apple is almost always right on phasing out old technologies - the ones they got rid of (and got complaints for every single one of them) include NuBus, SCSI, ADB, floppy, and even two processor families: 680x0 and PowerPC.
Among all the technologies which mattered, I would think the two CPU changes and SCSI had way more impact on all users (pro and consumers alike) than FW. FW usage is limited to DV camcorders and storage (and most external HD has both USB and FW). When Apple got rid of SCSI, almost EVERY Mac add-on uses it (except few used ADB), including HD, scanner, even some printers.
1394, on the other hand, is backward looking. Currently, maybe 2% use it. In 2 years, maybe 0.1%.
Gesture...I would say yes, once people know about it, most people will use it.
And I will make even more prediction - Apple WILL get rid of ethernet in the next couple of years, and people will be upset. Then, after 3 months, nobody will care.