With the snafu of no FIREWIRE in the recent macbooks, talking to my 20+ Apple retail/genius/specialist friends who say they are not selling (store in top 10 (PASADENA CA)), plus many DOA computers. If you look at the 1st gen MB, the benchmarks went as such, with regard to OPEN_GL (i.e. graphics). MB 1st GEN 71%, then 130%, 140%, 171% with Leopard. Now, keep in mind, the OPEN GL high marks still wouldn't let you play games but as barefeats and others reported, you could run MOTION and other PRO applications. Now take in to consideration that the PRO market makes up less than 1% of the retail sales, however, Apple realizes some pro's may use the cheap solution so they release the last MB with X300 and the benchmarks drop to 70%, hurting, just the PRO. Now the new MB has GREAT graphics yet no firewire after pushing iLIFE to the MOM AND POP user yet says NO TO THE PRO, the user that kept them afloat for years, the user that made them who they are, yet apple punishes them. Why! I mean, the PRO user more than likely will buy both the low end as well as high end model. What else has apple done to the PRO user? Well, they changed the firewire chipset on the MB and iMac. The standard is TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, but they wanted to save a few pennies and released a firewire chipset that sometimes caused problems. Hmm. Again, if you're a pro, you need a MBP or MAC PRO as this is the only computer that doesn't have AUDIO/VIDEO problems and uses TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FIREWIRE. Some could further argue that the imac is so strong now that the reason all machines are glossy is due to the fact that if you want to do graphics, or COLOR CORRECTION, you can't use an imac, (NO MATTE). So ask yourself. Why is it that APPLE really sticks it to the PRO user? The THEATRE used to be LOGIC, SHAKE, FCP and is now classes about emails and adding attachements and punishes the PRO user. Why? Why does Apple continue to stiffle the PRO user, the real creative that made them who they are. The company that made the MB great for the bedroom musician as the FIREWIRE was a great thing and many musicians I know went for the MB, except for now. Just wondering if you think it's time for Jobs to step down and let Ive's take the helm. The marketing choices are simply horrible. Firewire needs to be on all devices - however, when I heard about the specs on the new machine, I just new there had to be a catch, and sure enough, there was. No firewire. It's 's way of screwing the real creative user, not the person playing a game or using iDVD for cue collections. Hmmmm.