No FireWire in MacBooks

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kolax, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

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    How disappointing.

    Looks like I'll have to spend the extra bucks on getting the Pro. Really gutted they don't have it. Even on the expensive model!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. TheNorthWaves macrumors 6502

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    heh now I really have no regrets about buying the old macbook three weeks ago. I didn't care about the graphics though, they are sufficient for me.
     
  4. iShater macrumors 604

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    de ja vu? :p


    I use FW for ALL my HDs and my video, I do not understand why they dropped it.
     
  5. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    This is really stupid.

    The entry level white MacBook, now at $999 and will still be sold, includes FireWire 400! Where as the new, expensive ones don't.

    This is a confusing message to customers.
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Those white macbooks wont be around long. Once their sold out their gone.
     
  7. wildcardd macrumors 6502a

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    I think that will be phased out. By next spring perhaps *poof* gone.
     
  8. logicsuggests macrumors member

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    wow, i was planning on buying a new macbook to make use of an apogee duet or ensemble, now that they removed firewire, there is no reason for me to even bother buying a mac as I can't use those devices.

    I'm sure apogee will be pissed about this too .
     
  9. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

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    Removing firewire kinda makes having a 2.4ghz macbook pointless. Removing the connectivity so you cant do more power hungry tasks like recording or mixing. i dont get it
     
  10. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    Who made that decision? :mad:

    I HATE USB. Slow as a dog.

    Common Apple.
     
  11. iShater macrumors 604

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  12. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Macbook has Ethernet. Firewire 800 has an Ethernet converter. Cease b*tching.
     
  13. TheAngusBurger macrumors member

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    There go my plans of buying the new MBs for home recording...
     
  14. marvel2 macrumors 6502

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    I have to say, I have never used firewire in my MB.
     
  15. G5power macrumors 6502

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    The loss of firewire is a bad move. I understand some of the feature differences between the MB and the MBP but not that one.

    My wife is in the market for a new notebook in a few months. I had really thought the new MB would be the answer. I have an external firewire drive and so this is a pain.
     
  16. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Where do you get these? How reliable are they?

    I've got a FireWire 400 Recording Mixer that I use. Will this converter slow down the response time/loss of quality?
     
  17. wildcardd macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I belive USB is the majority out there now.
     
  18. emac82 macrumors 6502

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    I would think that it would..As you would need a Firewire 400 to 800 then to Ethernet, that's 2 adapters..

    It is stupid that they got rid of Firewire 400. My external hard drives support both Firewire and USB, thank god, but I try to avoid using usb whenever possible, for transferring data.
     
  19. G5power macrumors 6502

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    Cool another adapter to buy and have to keep track of.
     
  20. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    Meh, it's just like the non-inclusion of Blu-Ray.

    They figure the majority doesn't use it on MacBook, or at all for that matter.
    The minority always gets screwed by the majority.
     
  21. zioxide macrumors 603

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    No.

    You have to use Firewire for capturing DV video. So basically, iMovie is useless on these new Macbooks unless you have one of those crappy hard drive cameras.
     
  22. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

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    I mean, we do realize that technically USB 2.0 is faster than FW400, right?
     
  23. Shurran macrumors member

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    Its obvious to me that the lack of firewire is to stop pro users from being able to downgrade to the MacBook after making it a really tempting offer.

    No miniDV cam that I have heard of uses USB for the video (although many have USB for photos only). However, there are alot of HDD cams out now that just act as USB hard disks.

    I think I will still get the new MB, as I only really need a USB for my audio interface for mixing and location recording anyway.
     
  24. integragsr macrumors member

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    too bad. I was going to buy a macbook, but no firewire, get the fuc* out here.
     
  25. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    In real world performance, it isn't.
     

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