Steve Jobs on Lack of Firewire in MacBooks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In the latest email response from Steve Jobs, the Apple CEO responds to one customer's complaint that the new MacBook won't support HD camcorders:
    Whether or not you agree with Apple's decision to remove Firewire from its low end laptops, it's clear that Apple is abandoning the feature in their consumer-targeted machines.

    Apple helped to develop Firewire in the 1990s and still offers Firewire support in the rest of their Macs at this time, with the notable exception of the new MacBooks.

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  2. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I guess my major question is: is what Steve says true?

    I have a mini-DV cam from the late 90s that only has firewire, so I honestly don't know....
  3. SomeTechGuy macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2008
    I wonder if it really is him answering. He does seem to answer certain customer complaints that are emailed to him.

    I'm curious to see if we'll get another response from him on the Matte option. (Sorry to bring it up again)
  4. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I have a mini DV camcorder that has USB but I can't seem to get it to transfer to my Macbook without using a windows app. Leopard/iMovie/QT doesn't recgonize it.
  5. parapup macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    So he thinks it is OK to expect people to throw away their perfectly fine FireWire camcorders and spend money on a USB 2 one for no advantage of theirs, in this economy?

    I call that being out of touch. Not a good sign at all.
  6. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    What angering BS. I mean really, so now I can't use my slightly older camera? Please.

    Also, what about HDD's that I am using a Firewire connection for because I've tied up my USB ports?

    Face it Apple, you botched a lot things with this upgrade. That's 2 piss poor releases in a row: iPhone 3G and this.
  7. Bubba Scruggs macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2007
    Even if Steve is right, it doesn't help me and my MiniDV camera that is firewire. I can't consider a new macbook unless I did get a new camera.
  8. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
  9. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    USB means MPEG-2. I don't think the old iMovie works with MPEG-2, or any of the other formats, yet.

    If Apple continues the Mini, the Mini is next.
  10. rulesaremyenemy macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2005
    I am much more upset about the loss of Target Disk mode then I am over losing the connection to a DV cam.
  11. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Actually I read the manual and it's .AVI
  12. iBungie macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    Sony HDV

    I use two Sony HDV cameras that are still on sale and they both have Firewire.

    Is Apple now trying to remodel camcorder design?

    I handled a MacBook yesterday and would have bought one were it not for the lack of Firewire. The MBP is a great machine, got to try it too, however for me it is both too heavy and too expensive.
  13. Jakethasnake919 macrumors newbie


    Aug 2, 2008
    North Carolina, USA
    I am not in favor of this decision at all. I have a Macbook and I use my firewire port everyday to connect my external LaCie hard drive. Firewire is faster than USB from what I understand and it seems like a lot of things are starting to integrate firewire into their systems. Why is Apple abandoning the technology that they introduced?
  14. bobertoq macrumors 6502a

    Feb 29, 2008
    I don't get what the big deal is. If you need Firewire, just buy the white MacBook. It's even cheaper than any other option. Or just buy a USB to Firewire adapter.
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC

    I have 3 HD cameras, 2 SD-DV cameras, and 1 DV deck that all require firewire. Total value? About $12,000.

    Thanks Steve, I'll get right on replacing all those. :rolleyes:

    And to those who say "Well, can't you afford a Macbook Pro?" I ALREADY have a $3,500 Mac Pro and a $2,000 iMac. It would be nice to have a realitively inexpenisve little Macbook that's easy to carry around and can extend my abilities onto the road in a small way. Do I have to buy the freak'n top-of-the-line in EVERY category? I can't invest heavily in a desktop and just have a nice little, lighter, mid-range laptop to carry around?


    (And please don't point out the $999 Macbook to me. The point is that my only 2 solutions are to buy 'yesterday's technology' or buy the most expensive laptop. Those are both lame solutions.)
  16. inkswamp macrumors 68030


    Jan 26, 2003
    This is unfortunate. In my experience with USB 2.0 and Firewire, the former seems to have a lot of intermittent slowdowns, especially during large data transfers, that Firewire doesn't. I don't fully understand the technology behind either, but someone who does once explained to me that USB is prone to bottlenecks that Firewire isn't. Oh well. I guess this isn't the first time the tech world has seen a second-best technology win out.
  17. Clive At Five macrumors 65816

    Clive At Five

    May 26, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    Classic Steve... so matter-of-fact that we only need USB 2. Apple is the Socialism of computer companies. :eek:

  18. AtariAge macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2006
    That's a pretty piss poor rationalization. There are tons of existing FW peripherals on the market, and not just camcorders. And what about Firewire Target Mode? I still use that with my Macbook when I want to copy a large number of files to or from it--much faster than using my network. And I have several external FW drives.

    Of all the ways Apple could have sought to differentiate the Macbook from the Macbook Pro, I'm very disappointed that FW got the axe. There will be no replacement Macbook in my future now.

  19. handcraft macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008

    As a professional in the business - whoever sent this email is so totally wrong. I have 2 brand new cameras that record to tape and use firewire to transfer the footage. I also have a hard drive that attaches to my camera that is Firewire only.

    Also - Final Cut Pro does NOT use the internal Hard disk well for video and USB 2 is terrible for video and will drop frames - Firewire is the only way to go.

    Yes the newest cameras are starting to use Flash Memory but this still doesn't solve the edit hard drive issue. I'm just glad I bought the previous generation Macbook because if Apple gets rid of Firewire they are killing the Mac as a low cost edit option. :mad:
  20. The Man macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2004
    Jobs is right, except for HDV cameras, which I confess is just a small percentage. Still sucks though, that Apple doesn't gives us Mac users a time table when FireWire will be gone from all the consumer Macs. That way I could plan my next purchase, and I don't have a lot of money to spend. Also sucks that my HDV camera was an investment that may have been short lived.

    Also, Jobs says that Apple is on track to eliminate all PVC and BFRs by the end of 2008 from their products.

    Considering the Mac mini still has PVC (Apple doesn't state that it doesn't) will this mean the Mac mini will be gone or replaced by the end of 2008?

    EDIT: Oh wait, Jobs states new product designs, so the Mac mini could stay until 2009 because its an old design.
  21. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    It was the same with the:apple:TV; Apple expexted you to throw away your [erfectly good 4:3 analog tv in favor of a new widescreen hdtv. At least in that instance there were other factors involved that made it more acceptable (people were going that way anyway, low sales meant it didn't affect that many people, etc). So what are the "other factors" this time? Frankly, I don't see any (other than greed on Apple's part to force you into the more expensive MBP).
  22. jaesk8er macrumors member


    Jan 30, 2003
    Bay Area
    This is Crap most camera's I have used have usb2 but they only send out lower quality video or just the stills taken to the card. What about New HD Cameras that use Mini DV tape. The Canon I just used had only Firewire out.
  23. RubberShoes macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    The Lack Of Firewire 800 Is The Only Thing Keeping Me From A New Macbook, The Single Only Thing

    Why Apple Why!?!?
  24. student101 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2007

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