I too have grand-masterly put in a new battery for my G1 iPod... sorry to tell you... not hard. Anyway, I expect that apple will continue with Firewire, but because HP is now making a ton of iPods, they most likely convinced apple that it costs way too much to add a firewire cable (gasp! an entire 5 bucks worth of connectors and wire!) Which is stupid but never the less a major reasion for this, If apple really wanted to make people happy they would include one of the converters from their new port back to a firewire out, thus allowing you to connect your own, weither it be 400-400(normal 6pin to 6pin), 400-600(6pin to some 4pin, many microsoft computers include firewire 600 ports), or best of all 400-800(6pin to 8pin VERY COOL, and included on most new apples). But seeing as apple doesn't own the company that creates these, they most likely would cost more than just the fire-wire wire.... yet would allow for anyone to use firewire, be it macusers, or 'PC' users...
Another possibility I just thought of is that Apple could be phasing out firewire eventually on all iPods because of security issues...
I dunno - didn't hear from anywhere, but just an educated guess.
I know that firewire implementation used to have some inherent security flaws that allowed Firewire devices direct access to the CPU.
Also, I'm thinking that firewire might be more hackable because it is used in stand-alone video products (DVRs, camcorders, etc.) and does not require interface to a computer or other host/server to be active.... Apple could be worried about future hacks where people could figure out how to record on an iPod and Apple wants to keep RIAA and the music industry happy so Apple can keep the iTunes store up and running since it is so successful for them.
Like I said, this isn't based on any insider info, just a guess on my part...
Firewire is a great interface and I love it too, but from a technical standpoint it really is overkill for what an iPod does and needs to do. Especially the iPod minis - they are great because they are lightweight and use hardly any power, but the drives in them are pretty darn slow - no real need for Firewire. Personally, I'm fine with the high-end pro and pro-sumer devices staying on Firewire and especially moving into Firewire 800, but more consumer level stuff is fine on USB2.
I know the older Macs don't have USB2 and that's a bummer for users with older computers who would want to use an iPod with Firewire, but let's get back to reality here... Apple isn't in the business of selling/supporting old Macs, they do it because they need to in order to keep us users happy so we will buy new computers and software for the forseeable future, but Apple needs to turn profits like any other corporation. What they are really in the business of is selling new software and hardware as opposed to supporting old software/hardware.
you make some good point zkeeball. I think that it all boils down to necessity and price. The mini doesn't really need firewire, it costs a couple extra bucks, they want to sell a sub 200 ipod mini. Therefore, it gets phased out. Makes perfect sense. Plus, I am betting that Apple's target market on the ipod mini, believe it or not, is the PC user :ohmy: , and most PC users don't have firewire anyway.
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