New mac mini, thunderbolt, and firewire???

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cedartree, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. cedartree macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2011
    I have a music studio set-up with (right now) a Macbook Pro -- I use the thunderbolt connection simply as a display port to connect to a large external monitor and I use the firewire port to connect to some audio equipment (that equipment can only connect through firewire, not USB).

    Once the new Mac mini comes out, I want to use that instead and free up my laptop. So... if there's a thunderbolt on the new Mini, will there ALSO be a firewire as well (just like there's both on my MBP?) Otherwise, not sure I can use the Mini (?) Or is there some other possible solution? And I have to assume the new Mini will still have a few USB ports!

  2. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    No one can really tell you at this point. You're going to have to wait like the rest of us for Apple to come out and tell us.
  3. cedartree thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2011
    So I could be in a situation, like others, where Apple would be encouraging me NOT to buy something!
  4. iDave macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2003
    Apple retained Firewire on the new MBPs, on which the mini displayport was replaced by Thunderbolt. I think it's reasonable to assume they'll do the same on the new Mac mini but with Apple, you never know what's in their collective head.
  5. Minicube macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2011
    I'd be shocked if they ditched FW on the new Mini. That would really piss people off.
  6. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Sadly it didn't stop them before, though Apple realised and turned the unibody Macbook into a 'pro' device and the FW returned.

    I hope it stays, space shouldn't be an issue as the port is already there.
  7. cedartree thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2011
    Not sure if thunderbolt technology would allow this, but I presume someone will sell a "hub" that plugs in and provides 3 or 4 thunderbolt ports. Given the price of the cable at $50, the hub would prob. go for $150
  8. fungus macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2008
    Think Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter for $99 :rolleyes:

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