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Old Jan 15, 2003, 03:42 PM   #1
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Does the introduction of Firewire 800 imply some revisions?

You would think Apple would add FW800 to more than just the PowerBooks. I know iMac revisions are implied, so if anything, FW800 will be added. That means that iPods will be revised as well.
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Old Jan 15, 2003, 03:51 PM   #2
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FW 800 is not badly needed, indeed it has no practical applications yet. I'd imagine they'll be introducing it very slowly, perhaps including it on normal revisions over the next year... it certainly doesn't require revisions of it's own... As for the iMac, which is rumored to have an upcoming revision, i don't know if there's signifigant cost involved in adding it, so i really can't speculate on whether or not it will include it. There's no real reason to delay adding it, either, since Apple is trying to show that it's a true up and coming standard...

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Old Jan 15, 2003, 04:01 PM   #3
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It has been posted many times already that the iPod will not likely get a FW800 upgrade, simply because the drive is not fast enough. I agree with paul, that they will slowly upgrade/remove the FW400 ports.
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Old Jan 15, 2003, 09:45 PM   #4
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If they're going to upgrade every machine, they need a good business reason.

I would imagine that they're soliciting partners to use FW800 (or higher) in their digital video equipment right now. Until that equipment starts to flow, there's little reason to deploy it to all of their machines.
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Old Jan 15, 2003, 11:26 PM   #5
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Upgrades will come along as third-party companies manufacture devices that have 800 compatibility. USB 2 has a strong hold, so this will take a bit of time. Never fear! Apple created a market for USB 1 and old-school FireWire. I'm sure many remember that fiasco.

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