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Dan just informed me from Macworld that the new MacBook’s have no Firewire 800 in them. Steve seemed to have accidently left that little bit out. We’ve posed the question before about the possibility that firewire could be bowing out…could this be a major blow to […]

Dan just informed me from Macworld that the new MacBook’s have no Firewire 800 in them. Steve seemed to have accidently left that little bit out. We’ve posed the question before about the possibility that firewire could be bowing out…could this be a major blow to it? Thoughts?

  1. Vicente Ribeiro Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    Sad…

    I never liked USB 2.0. For some reason, when I connect my iPod (60) using usb I get very funny results (sometimes it does not mount, sometimes can not unmount) while with FW 400 or 800 ir ALWAYS works great.

  2. doesnt it still have FW 400??

  3. Perhaps the 10.4.4 update deals with some of the odd (and slower) USB 2.0 stuff. I can see some hardware vendors that put out FW800 drives etc being a little upset though.

  4. yeah…still has FW400

  5. The MacBook does have a FW 400, so the functionality is still there–just not the 800. So FW may be bowing out, but it’s not yet gone.

  6. well most things are FW 400 not 800..so really its fine with me… now the price tag is not ok anymore..

  7. Perhaps some kind of agreement with intel? Intel does own USB after all. I think Apple would have a revolt on their hands if they didn’t include firewire 400, but I would assume 800 has a much smaller user base of people who actually rely on it day to day.

  8. From what I understand it’s only a factor of the chipset and mainboard used in this model not being able to support FW800. It will eventually come back, probably in the next major upgrade to the processor (think Christmas 2006).

    All the speculation about FW being dead is pretty silly. Aside from the fact that Apple has been instrumental in developing it, there are currently hundreds of devices (including basically every DV cam currently available) supporting it and that have plans to support it long into the future.

  9. What about all the people that need a real pro apple laptop? Some people NEED firewire 800 and were wishing for a REAL PRO laptop from apple. Instead we get some wintel piece of crap running osx.

    Fingers crossed for next time… Hopefully apple will start making machines for pros again one day instead of making them for newbies.

  10. As a video editor, I depend on Firewire 800. It’s significantly faster than FW 400–and when you’re dealing with massive amounts of data, it’s practically a necessity.

    And what about them dropping the S-Video out? What the hell is that? So now there’s no video out at all? Fucking hell. I don’t have a TV–I have a projector which I run from my Mac!

    Hopefully the next gen will be the mac that we all need it to be.

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