Comments:Apple users criticize lack of FireWire port on MacBook
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Why would one pay that much mark up for a MacBook anyway? Oh, you say it's made by Apple? Well then... 184.108.40.206 01:46, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
Firewire OK, but many modern alternativesEdit
While I personally own and use many FireWire devices, some dating back to 1998, I can see why Apple is not including it in its lowest-end MacBook. Today, USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet have supplanted FireWire's role for high-speed connectivity to consumer devices like Hard Drives, Video/Still Cameras, and peer-to-peer computing. For the low-end, I see this as a way of keeping costs down, without sacrificing much in terms of usability. If you still need the functionality of FireWire 400 in a portable computer, then chances are, you need the power of the more expensive professional Apple notebook, the MacBook Pro, which includes the much faster FireWire 800 standard for use with FireWire Raid solutions for HD and uncompressed SD video.
Overall, I don't understand the gripping. As good as FireWire is, the sad reality is that USB 2.0 has supplanted FireWire 400 as the "cheap n' easy" high speed peripheral connector on consumer-based devices, hence why most consumer external Hard Drives and Video camcorders are USB only. I prefer FireWire 400 to USB 2, but in the scheme of things, this is no different than Apple deciding to not include floppy-drives in its machines. FireWire 400 is on the road to slow oblivion, the way the floppy drive and SCSI 1 through 3 have already fallen. Better to allow the cheapest Mac notebook remain cheap and functional, than overpriced with an interface rarely encountered by the majority of consumers. Only us "professionals" still require FireWire 400 for backward compatibility.Cineaste (talk) 17:27, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
Firewire technology was developed originally by Apple around 1995. This was while Jobs was away, in fact I believe after NeXt. So...
Jobs removed firewire because he doesn't like things he didn't originate. This sort of thing has happened before with him I think (?where?).
I am not loving Apple much in their activities the last few years.
-- A mac user and fan, California, 05:42, 20 October 2008 (UTC)~