Originally Posted by ecking
Exactly! Only 2 macs do not have firewire of some sort! The macbook air and the aluminum macbook. Where are all the firewire is a pro feature
apologists!? Even for the slimness they could have found a way to make it work on the current aluminum macbooks.
Look, personally, I am estatic that Apple released a decent GPU with FIREWIRE on a device that is under $1000. If it runs GAMES (3d), it will run Motion, Illustrator and perhaps FCP unless in the EFI Apple somehow crippled FCP, Pro Apps (would no be surprised), but lets hope I'm wrong.
Anyway, FIREWIRE WAS NEVER EVER EVER EVER about being a PRO DEVICE.
I'll explain this again and see if someone can explain why Apple did this.
With the first generation Macbook, Rev 1, rev 2, rev 3, OPEN_GL benchmarked at 70%, 120% then 171% when the Macbooks got Leopard. Keep in mind, you still couldn't play games but according to barefeats, you could RUN PRO APPS, especially MOTION, FINAL CUT. Personally, I benchmarked all the machines first hand when I worked for Apple. This story gained a lot of traction and PRO users started buying the MB for a 2nd machine (emphasis on 2nd machine), but when the next rev came out, it was a X300 or X1300, and the bench mark for OPEN GL went all the way down to 70% again rendering MOTION and PRO APPS Useless, it didn't do anything else, no improved battery life, no faster benchmarks, not cheaper, so, you have to ask yourself, why did they do it? They did it to cripple PRO apps running on the macbook Pro.
So, when the latest Aluminum came out (UNI BODY), by omitting firewire they essentially did they same thing, knowing that PRO users would need FIREWIRE for their video camcorders, they were screwed, so it made the MACBOOK able to run PRO APPS but there was no firewire for editing video. Only this time, not only were the VIDEO ENTHUSIAST, plus all the thousand of mom and pops who signed up with One To One (What I did), they complained that they could not connect a cam corder with their new macbook, but musicians were peeved as MOST PRO AUDIO DEVICES use firewire, so thousands of musician were left out in the cold. Not to mention the I.T. pro that could no longer run the MB in target mode. Again, this is not about PRO use for firewire but more about APPLE saying NO PRO APPS with a laptop.
This can be further ilustarted in that last QTR prooves that LAPTOPS far out sell desktops (and MINIS), not to mention no REMOTE EDITING (mini), so Apple (if not crippled with EFI and you can run PRO APPS) probably figures, the machines are not mobile and they won't lose to much as the PRO will still need a laptop for remote editing, something you cant do with a mini.
Should be interesting to see if APple threw us a bone of if they crippled it.
The irony is that Apple would have received MORE sales as the PRO also needs the express slot many times and a MACBOOK with decent GPU and FIREWIRE would have been a 2nd device for most, not first, now there is a good chance the mini might end up in edit bays and audio bays.
WIl have to wait to see the benchmarks for PRO APPS.
I think APPLE should redo te FIREWIRE on the MAACBOOK, nothing about design as the slimmy move they did with the 1st-3rd rev proves that the only people affected with the lame X3100, were PRO APP users.