1394 TRADE ASSOCIATION: A COMMENT ABOUT APPLE'S LATEST MACBOOKS
UPDATE: June 2009 - Apple announces its new MacBook Pro Family, which includes a 13-inch model with FireWire 800. Thanks for listening, Apple!
In October of 2008, Apple introduced the latest entries in its MacBook line of portable computers. While the MacBook Pro continues to offer users a FireWire 800 port, two of the less expensive MacBooks have no FireWire ports whatsoever. This choice left many users wondering why Apple would leave off the best connection for so many of the applications that drew them to the Mac in the first place?
FireWire's widespread availability in desktop computers, laptop PCs, peripherals, storage devices, and home theater components indicates that many consumers and professionals find FireWire's unique attributes a useful - and even necessary - part of their electronic experience. Additionally, FireWire's adoption as the connection of choice for industrial applications and its growing use in automotive networks and many other markets further demonstrates its many unique attributes.
Below are links to articles and quotes about what Apple’s own customers say. The overwhelming support for FireWire is proof of the strength of the technology. The feedback also points to the value future incarnations - including the widespread adoption of the newer and more powerful FireWire 800 standard - will provide to users. If you agree, then sign the petition and let your voice be heard too.
MEDIA ANALYSTS RESPOND...
InfoWorld: Apple users rage over missing FireWire An overview of early blog and bbd responses to the product announcement.
Macworld: FireWire’s MacBook absence—inconvenience or fatal flaw? A balanced look at the benefits and history of FireWire in Apple's computer lines and a brief analysis of the user response.
Podcasting News: What’s Missing From The New MacBooks: FireWire Ports A brief piece about the impact on new media users and content providers
THE PUBLIC RESPONDS...
bMighty.com: Blog from Alan Zeichick provides a brief overview of why he likes FireWire over USB 2.0 for some applications
Petition: One response to Apple's decision was a petition, requesting Apple to return FireWire to their MacBook line. This petition has garnered over 16,000 signatures as of 06 November 2008. Some of the most recent comments are below, or you can read all the comments online.
The public responds to other articles:
“Firewire is too solid and ubiquitous a transfer protocol to ignore. It has allowed the democratization of media creation workflows. It has helped those of us in the pro-sumer area of the spectrum to advance steadily in our markets, upgrading one piece of gear at a time, without worry that our investment in upgraded technology would require a huge financial leap or complete re-tooling. “ - Stormwatch, on Macworld
FACT vs. FICTION:
A number of blogs and articles have referenced a FireWire to USB converter cable as a solution. This cable may help in some very limited situations where the speed, Quality of Service, and other features FireWire provides are not required. Please read more about this technology and make sure it will meet your needs before making any investments.
White Paper comparing FireWire
Online Article about FireWire and other interfaces for external storage
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