Originally Posted by solipsism
They aren't crippling any of the market as FW still exists on the cheapest MB, the MBP and every other current Mac desktop. But the operative term here is "<1%" which makes me wonder why you think Apple should support a dead-end port interface for such a small number people for antiquated miniDV cameras. Not to mention that the disappearance was a long time coming with plenty of evidence to support Apple dropping FW400 support.
First off, without defending firewire, the #1 protocol that Apple introduced, if what you were saying was true, it isn't, they would have moved from 1394 to HDMI, they didn't.
Please, have some dignity.
Let me explain something.
First Macbook had a OpenGL benchmark of 71%, still no games, but you could run MOTION, FCP and the likes.
Then the 2nd gen MB ran at 141%, then 150%, all the way up to 171% when Leopard came out. It was everywhere (BAREFEATS, and more) that a MB could be used as a cheap solution for PRO apps, so, why would Apple turn around and release the X300 that brought the benchmark way down to 70% again? Why?
You couldn't play games on it. But it went from 171% to 70%! Why?
Because Apple didn't want the PRO to use it, period.
Stop being a fan boy and realize this. Most camera's are 1394, let alone audio interfaces.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FireWire_camera
Apple made it standard, pushed iLife into mainstream, CREATIVES went from teaching FCP, Motion to iLife, then Apple cripples it. USB is a step backward. Second, the new MBP uses the same chasis, therefore the cost is similar yet has a much higher mark up.
Think about it. Firewire with the present GPU on new macbook = final cut and motion use, but no, Jobs to paranoid to let that happen.
Only a matter of time (especially given the market hype of iPhone starting to take a seat to newer phones within 12 months).
Another argument can be made that iMac = great machine but no matte screen. They used to be matte but now are all glossy and color correction can't be done.
Matte will come out in time for MBP, all models and I think FIREWIRE will come back to all machines once Apple starts losing and has to explain their dropped market share, dropped earnings on products. More than not, many are upset about the lack of firewire and I am talking about consumer as the PRO user makes up less than 1% of the market as now, the MOM AND POP users have firewire cameras.
If apple truly wanted to be revolutionary and not paranoid, all macbooks would have firewire and dedicated GPU, but alas, as with everything Apple, there is always a catch. Only a matter of time before the market dictates what Apple has to release.