Much to delight of most of the people who read this blog I'm sure, we've come to the end of my coverage of the MacBook FireWire Debacle. I've learned so much over the last few days about the FireWire 400 standard, especially with regards to it's uses in audio and video production that I knew very little about. The removal of this port from MacBooks is a real shame, though it's probably time to face the facts and admit that the MacBook won't ever have FireWire again; it's future in the Mac Mini and iMac are probably also shady.
At least I can tell people they can still buy svelte new Japanese laptops and load them up with FreeBSD if they need a current and inexpensive FireWire solution.
As I said I could easily post dozens more posts on this subject, but I think I've already said enough. If you're still interested though, there's still some extremely active discussion (more active than I've ever seen before after an Apple product launch) going on across web forums, blogs and news sites which I've linked to below.
News and articles
- FireWire’s MacBook absence a fatal flaw?
- PC World: Apple Users Rage Over Missing FireWire
- TidBITS – On the Way Out: FireWire and Matte Screens?
- Missing Firewire Angers MacBook Customers – Headline Watch
- BLOG: Why musicians shouldn’t buy Apple’s new MacBook | musicradar.com
- “Put FireWire back in the MacBook”, demands petition | musicradar.com
- Obituary: FireWire – Nillabyte
- Macbook Pro now uses agere firewire chipset – MacRumors Forums
- Steve Jobs on Lack of Firewire in MacBooks – MacRumors Forums
- Apple Announces New Aluminum MacBooks – MacRumours Forums
- Apple Discussions – No Firewire; many possible problems (18,000+ views!)
- Apple Discussions – No Firewire ports!
- Apple Discussions – MacBook = no iMovie for most camcorders?
- Apple Discussions – How do I connect my stuff on a new MacBook?
- Apple Discussions – Couple of Perspectives on Lost Firewire
- Apple Discussions – Firewire on the new Aluminum MacBooks?!
- Jobs responds to outrage over missing FireWire – AppleInsider Forums