The omission of firewire is not going down well. Pro audio/video forums are near unanimous in their disgruntlement. The official Apple forums have a thread with around 700 posts, almost all are showing disgust at the move. No one can give a logical or reasonable explanation about this omission. Could Apple be this incredibly stupid? To affect numerous users, even manufacturers (cutting off a HUGE chunk of possible users who can no longer purchase firewire solutions for their computers)? I'm not sure. This is pure speculation but there have been a few (very few and unconfirmed of course) grumblings on the internet that Apple is preparing firewire over ethernet for Snow Leopard. Would Apple really do such a brazen thing like ****ing over so many users without having a backdoor (firewire over ethernet) in the event that the removal of firewire caused a backlash? Surely they would retain an ace up their sleeve? Is this wishful thinking? I wish Apple would comment. If Apple just came out and said that this is in the pipe sometime down the road, they'd sell thousands upon thousands of these new Macs in a second. And if not, at least we would have a better idea of what hardware and computers we should be choosing or saving up for.