Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook's missing FireWire

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  • Reply 61 of 1665
    welshdogwelshdog Posts: 1,903member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post


    This is not true. I have a Firmtek eSATA card and eSATA 4 drive cage and it is hot-pluggable under OS X. It is a supported on the card, I've done it and it works fine. I think it's a limitation of whatever adapter card you're using. The ports inside a Mac Pro don't support hot plugging.



    You are correct, but I was speaking of using eSATA with a Mac without a host card or drive cage. You don't need any of that with Firewire so again eSATA loses. I tested eSATA on an old dual G5 using a port extender connected to the internal existing port. It works fine, but is a hassle. I don' think it's exactly fair to compare Firewire with eSATA when eSATA is not really supported directly by Macs. Not criticizing you, but rather the author of the article.
  • Reply 62 of 1665
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by g3pro View Post


    Why Apple would suddenly screw over everyone with devices (me included) that Apple themselves made mainstream on the Mac is beyond me.



    Gotta love these hyperbolic statements! You make is sound like Apple has sent out a kill switch to our cuyrrent Mac's FW400 ports. If you need/want FW400 you can:
    1. Keep your current Mac just the way it is.

    2. Buy the low end MacBook ($999) for your next purchase.

    3. Buy a MacBook Pro for your next purchase.

    4. Buy a non-Mac PC that supports 4-pin FW400.

  • Reply 63 of 1665
    tbelltbell Posts: 3,146member
    You seem to contradict yourself. First, you say most people wouldn't use Firewire. Then you talk about how great Target Disk mode is. I cannot tell you how many potential disasters I have averted by having that ability. If a friend's computer was having trouble, it was often Target Disk mode that saved the day. Moreover, I have older iPods and newer iPods. The old ones I still use and they have Firewire.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by coolfactor View Post


    Apple's thinking is and always will be slightly ahead of consumers' thinking. Sure, we hate to lose Firewire, a technology that has a cool name, great performance, and bragging rights, since Apple invented it. But if you stop and think about it... the MacBook (which no longer has Firewire) is targeted to a market that probably won't ever use Firewire. The vocal minority here are the ones that should be looking at a MacBook Pro anyway, which still has their beloved port.



    (Firewire has saved my butt many times over with Target Disk Mode, but I understand that the landscape changes, and so will our products. Just look at the myriad of display/video ports we've gone through in the past few years).



  • Reply 64 of 1665
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rawhead View Post


    I did not know that Apple took away the FireWire port that used to be in your Macbook!!! They're really screwing over people, aren't they?





    Oh, you're talking about a laptop you haven't bought yet? Then why not go to



    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...ls?mco=MTE3NzE



    and pick up a Macbook with FW400 that was top of the line till 2 days ago? That should last you another couple of years before it's obsolete, by which time this will be a total non-issue. Unless, of course, your definition of "screwing over" people means "Apple won't give me what *I* want! It's all about ME ME ME!"



    You beat me to it.
  • Reply 65 of 1665
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    Originally Posted by corinhorn View Post


    All that I know for sure is I will not spend one bloody dime on an Apple notebook until FireWire is back on the MacBook. I'm not going to spend an extra $500 to get the MacBook Pro.



    I've been a Mac user for 10 years, and for the first time ever I am considering buying a Dell.



    I was a bit peeved on Tuesday with the lack of lowered prices that I expected with the new Mac Books and Mac Book Pros. So I started thinking (I'm about to get one): Is this really worth it?.



    Well, almost on cue, an old friend and client called with problems in his Dell Inspiron with XP that he bought just a few months ago. So I go over to his office and end up spending five hours fighting with spyware, Windows Genuine Advantage not updating (and hence not being able to properly patch XP), a misconfigured video driver, and God knows what else. I left at 8 pm and the machine is only partly better.



    You tend to forget about this kind of thing after a while. Vista is even worse.



    You bet your behind I'm not going to buy a new Windows laptop. Apple would have to start making MacBooks out of cow dung before I would consider it. Bad enough that I need to run Fusion for some Windows apps, and I've already got a desktop PC I have to maintain.



    Yeah, the FireWire thing is a drag. But I bet either Apple or some enterprising soul will do an Ethernet/Firewire adapter or something and that will be the end of that.
  • Reply 66 of 1665
    but final cut and imovie dont support usb streaming last i checked. most cameras record to mpeg 2 and you cant just drag that raw file into either app without converting it to mpeg 4.
  • Reply 67 of 1665
    In all honesty, it does not matter if firewire is a better standard. The fact is that USB is used much more often on a consumer level than firewire. This fact alone justifies the removal of firewire from a consumer level product.



    (you may not choose see it this way, but that is because you actually use firewire.)
  • Reply 68 of 1665
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post


    Nah, you are the one that is "plain wrong."



    1) Apple has pushed FireWire constantly and persistently, and I don't think they can be blamed that no one else took it up.



    2) Apple still supports FireWire on every single product it makes *except* the entry-level "cheap" (for Apple) MacBook.



    3) You are not differentiating between consumer level cameras and Pro gear.



    Bottom line is if you have a camera that only does FireWire, it's either old or "pro enough" that you should be comfortable affording the extra $700 bucks for the MacBook Pro.



    The guy above that says he's a "video producer" but can only afford a MacBook and not a Pro? Give me a break. What a bunch of whiners.



    1) I agree, but still no reason to leave unsupported people cause video cameras



    2) every single refers to ALL, at the moment the new Macbooks lack of FW support so your point is TOTALLY wrong.



    3) The canon HV20 is a consumer product, If you really don't know about Pro gear don't talk about it. Even HDV camcorder with a ticket price of 10K are Prosumers or Industrial products (Canon XL H1S / Sony HVRZ7U) Any professional/Production house will go straight to FULL HD.



    4) Video Camera Firewire support is not the only use we give to that port. I personally has more than 10 external HD, 3 Prosumer Cameras and most importantly I give support thru that interface. Now I won't be able to service that machine the way I do with any other Mac cause it doesn't have the port. That translate instantly into triple to 5 times more work if I need to rely on a USB HD that wont give me 20% of the use I give a External Hard Drive for support use.



    No wonder how will be others with lot more uses than the ones I give to that port.
  • Reply 69 of 1665
    kreshkresh Posts: 379member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinhorn View Post


    I've been a Mac user for 10 years, and for the first time ever I am considering buying a Dell.



    Hey that's great news. Does that mean that when you get your Dell you will stop whining here? If so, do you need any help picking your Dell out? I'll do any research you need. Do you think you could buy one as soon as today and move over to DellInsider.com or DellRumors.com?
  • Reply 70 of 1665
    OK, here's a challenge for you whiners. The Macbook, as Steve said, is the best selling Mac, like, ever. Go to a college campus and grab any one of the literally thousands of Macbook users you see, and ask them if they own a FireWire device, or even have ever used that port.



    I will bet you dollars for donuts that the proportion of users who do/have is less than 10%, maybe less than 5%, or even less.



    And then tell me it wasn't strategically sound for Apple to eliminate it from the new Macbooks.
  • Reply 71 of 1665
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,824member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hmurchison View Post


    These laptops are BORING



    I think that you are being kind.



    How much would it have cost to include Firewire 800 as they did in the Pro? The cost to the user is nearly $500, is that fair?



    (Prepares to get flamed. \)
  • Reply 72 of 1665
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rawhead View Post


    OK, here's a challenge for you whiners. The Macbook, as Steve said, is the best selling Mac, like, ever. Go to a college campus and grab any one of the literally thousands of Macbook users you see, and ask them if they own a FireWire device, or even have ever used that port.



    I will bet you dollars for donuts that the proportion of users who do/have is less than 10%, maybe less than 5%, or even less.



    And then tell me it wasn't strategically sound for Apple to eliminate it from the new Macbooks.



    That argument is a bit circular.



    If Apple had left firewire in iPods what would that answer be?
  • Reply 73 of 1665
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by IQatEdo View Post


    How much would it have cost to include Firewire 800 as they did in the Pro? The cost to the user is nearly $500, is that fair?



    It would cost a lot less than $500.
  • Reply 74 of 1665
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by plokoonpma View Post


    1) I agree, but still no reason to leave unsupported people cause video cameras



    2) every single refers to ALL, at the moment the new Macbooks lack of FW support so your point is TOTALLY wrong.



    3) The canon HV20 is a consumer product, If you really don't know about Pro gear don't talk about it. Even HDV camcorder with a ticket price of 10K are Prosumers or Industrial products (Canon XL H1S / Sony HVRZ7U) Any professional/Production house will go straight to FULL HD.



    4) Video Camera Firewire support is not the only use we give to that port. I personally has more than 10 external HD, 3 Prosumer Cameras and most importantly I give support thru that interface. Now I won't be able to service that machine the way I do with any other Mac cause it doesn't have the port. That translate instantly into triple to 5 times more work if I need to rely on a USB HD that wont give me 20% of the use I give a External Hard Drive for support use.



    No wonder how will be others with lot more uses than the ones I give to that port.



    1) No one is being left unsupported. There is a $999 MacBook with SuperDrive that has FW400 or?and this is a tricky concept?use your current machine.



    2) Except is a preposition that specifies an exclusion in a category or group.



    4) Again, keep the machine you have, buy the $300 cheaper MB, buy the $800 more expensive MBP (since you obviously out of the range of consumer that the MB was designed for), buy a Mac Pro so you can put in multiple PCIe FW cards, buy a fricken non-Mac PC.
  • Reply 75 of 1665
    demenasdemenas Posts: 109member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post


    Nah, you are the one that is "plain wrong."



    2) Apple still supports FireWire on every single product it makes *except* the entry-level "cheap" (for Apple) MacBook.




    Products like the iPods, where they dropped Firewire for USB years ago??



    Steve
  • Reply 76 of 1665
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,824member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rawhead View Post


    OK, here's a challenge for you whiners. The Macbook, as Steve said, is the best selling Mac, like, ever. Go to a college campus and grab any one of the literally thousands of Macbook users you see, and ask them if they own a FireWire device, or even have ever used that port.



    I will bet you dollars for donuts that the proportion of users who do/have is less than 10%, maybe less than 5%, or even less.



    And then tell me it wasn't strategically sound for Apple to eliminate it from the new Macbooks.



    To disagree with Apple on a design change and even to argue a case here is not whining. You on the other hand are.
  • Reply 77 of 1665
    This was a typical Prince McLean Apple shill article attempting to rationalize Apple's bad decisions. He is like an Apple version of Thurott, only worse. Here's what wrong-



    He says there are numerous alternatives to Target Disk Mode- then neglects to mention they don't work if the Target computer isn't bootable, which is where TDM really comes in handy.



    He talks about how FW isn't important in hard drives with the emergence of eSATA. Too bad not a single Mac includes eSATA ports.



    Then he says it was because of a lack of space (total BS) and as a neccessary cost cutting measure. They raised the price $200 but can't afford the extra dollar or two it would add to their cost? Apple can surely make up for it with all the $30 Display Port adapters they're forcing people with external monitors to buy.



    Others have detailed the "All new cameras have USB2" fallacy and not being a video guy I won't go over it myself. But being an audio guy I can say that audio interfaces and other audio gear overwhelming use FW exclusively especially the ones over $200. Now I can hear the response, "So get a MBP!" Now those with trust funds or those living in their parent's basements might not understand that $2000 for a computer is not a trivial expense even for people making decent money. Just because people are doing serious audio or video work doesn't mean they're raking in the big bucks, especially in today's economy.



    In Apple's view, you're either Suzy Homemaker who uses a computer to check her Myspace page, build iTunes playlists, and transfer pics of her kids soccer games or you're an in demand professional with a personal assistant, a six figure budget and a view of the skyline from your office. There are TONS of us in between that.
  • Reply 78 of 1665
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post


    I see. Well that is really just data transfer and it would even work via USB 1.1 because the speed is completely irrelevant for data integrity, with SD capturing realtime is mandatory.



    Yes the industry is moving to solid storage (without solving the backup / storage problem at reasonable cost like tapes did), just it is not there yet. OS X / iMovie / FCE only support a handful of non-tape devices and not even all manufacturers do provide QT-plugins to make the conversion painless. P2 will most definitely remain out of the reach of most mere mortals for years to come and non-pros (the majority of MacBook customers) will not want to go through error-prone multi-step conversion routines (explain to the average Joe the Plumber how to convert anamorphic AVCHD from an unsupported camera to something iMovie can edit by making manually settings in ffmpeg... I do this frequently and have to look it up once in a while). I think Apple's move was premature and there is a big difference between premature and innovative. Look at Vista to see how people react to vanishing compatibility issues.



    I'm glad we are moving on from tape. Its a pain to wait for tape to digitize in real time. Dropped frames are not an issue in digital file transfer. You are right about the archiving dilemma though.



    I'm not sure why you say its not their yet. Its here now. Most professional video operations are moving to Panasonic P2 or Sony XDCAM HD. Both formats are based on digital files.



    I would suggest Joe Plumber do some research on which camera format is officially supported by iMovie and save himself some problems later down the line.
  • Reply 79 of 1665
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by OriginalMacRat View Post


    That argument is a bit circular.



    If Apple had left firewire in iPods what would that answer be?





    That argument is simply outdated. I was right there with people complaining about the disappearance of FireWire iPod models when that happened. But it happened BACK THEN. And when it did is when I, personally, and I must add, intelligently, foresaw this whole thing and I ceased to purchase FireWire devices. All my external device purchases since then have been USB2, even EXT. HDDs, even when I knew that I could get slightly better performance if I went FW. And that's why I'm not at all surprised by Apple's move, and, from a peripheral viewpoint, not hurting at all.
  • Reply 80 of 1665
    I've just wrote a message to Apple complaining about that.



    We can all do the same.





    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbook.html
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