MacBook FireWire

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by djstarrock, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    Hi why do MacBook only have one FireWire port but they have two USB ports. I thought :apple: made FireWire.
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Apple created Firewire, but USB is more popular, so more devices use USB, so you need more USB ports than Firewire. ...It's that simple. :)
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Most fw devices let you chain. USBs tend to just terminate.
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    let's be fair. Apple worked on the development that created Firewire (aka IEEE 1394), which also included Texas Instruments, Sony, IBM, and others.

    the term Firewire, however, is Apple's proprietary name for the technology.
     
  5. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    That has nothing to do with the firewire standard per se. Manufacturers can put a tiny USB hub into all of their USB devices of they want to (it will be nuts though).
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Apple was the original creator of Firewire and the largest contributor in its development, but yes, Apple did get some help from other companies. ;)
     

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