Originally Posted by Dave K.
FireWire 800 is absent from the MacBook not because of space considers but because Apple make a decision not to... I wish people would stop thinking its a space issue. Unless I heard "look at it -- there's no room in there" from an actual circuit board engineer...
Apple won't care if you have existing legacy
FireWire peripherals when they introduce the new iMac/Mac Mini.
The part about non-excuse of 'there's no space for FireWire in the recent MacBook' is so right on.
The prior same-footprint-sized model had FireWire, thus there IS space both on the case and inside the case for a FireWire port.
Looking at a circuit board, and claiming that there is no space for FW - well, duh, if you remove the FW port, and then make the board smaller because you took FW off, then show a picture of the new smaller board - that is not a 'reason'.
(Do we think they just forgot it? -- engineer 1 to engineer 2: "umm, we forgot to put a FireWire port on the new MacBook -- Dang! I knew we forgot something... Oh well, gotta ship without it...")
Someone at Apple made a feature capability decision to remove FireWire, to dumb-down the MacBook, and to disenfranchise all the owners of FireWire devices (or at least to discourage them from ever buying a new MacBook). It's as plain and simple as that -- and sad.
Will that happen with the Mac Mini? Who of us knows for sure, but my guess is yes, they will apply the same dumb-it-down, shoot themselves in the foot (non)logic.
Will it happen with the iMac? this is less clear from my crystal ball seeing device...
The pattern of Apple dumbing-down, removing capability, removing ports, slowing the transfer speed of ports they do provide in the consumer and prosumer machines is sadly very long and ingrained there.
One can hope that trend will change someday...