The moment the new MacBooks were introduced the comments on the lack of FireWire ports was started. Like the MacBook Airs, the MacBooks have now dropped FW400 ports, leaving only USB ports.
Apple has tried to squeelch comments on this at the Apple Discussion Groups and Apple reps have said that USB is the preferred way to work with iMovie on the laptops.
Even if new video cameras use USB, it still help with the lack of a firewire target mode. Anybody who has had to deal with a troubled laptop can tell you that the FW target mode is a life saver. With that option taken away for the new MacBooks, I'm wondering if the Mac faithful will shy away from them, while the switchers would be more inclined to buy one not knowing this feature is missing.
Is this a bad choice by Apple? I say yes, unless Apple can make change the FireWire target mode to USB target mode or Ethernet target mode (since USB isn't a peer to peer architecture like FireWire is).
I like firewire, but I am all for going with the flow for compatibility reasons here. In the past, this has been the biggest hurdle for Apple in regards to increasing market share. I think Steve and Co. finally realize this, and I am glad to see it happening.
Does it suck that target disk mode will be gone? YES! But, here is to hoping that Apple will do something about that problem really quickly. Worst case scenario, you can pop the HD out really easy now and connect up to usb > sata device...
FW in regards to cameras is maybe a bit of a concern as well, but these are new laptops made for the future, and sometimes, you have to compromise legacy compatibility to move forward. New cameras support usb now, and thats the way to go. The Pro's have the FW if you must have it too... All in all, I think it was a needed move that of course has a downside, but it has to happen at some point.
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