Thunderbolt & the MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jwolf6589, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2010
    I do not understand why Apple is doing this, but it appears that they have dropped FireWire from all their new MacBooks, as well as dropped the hard drive. So I pay $1000 for a MacBook air (no Macbooks being sold anymore) and I get a smaller hard drive then I did when I bought a Macbook in 2010? This makes no sense to me at all. Also what of the DVD drive? Has Apple dropped that as well?
  2. angelsguardian macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    North East Scotland
    Because they are marking a step change and removing as many legacy interfaces as possibly, hence the lack of ethernet port on many. Whilst Firewire is great it is also very old (in IT terms) so they have moved onto USB3 and Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt peripheral are very expensive just now but so were Firewire when they arrived.
  3. emoore macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2003
    No they haven't. There is still the 13" and 15" Macbook Pros that have firewire and a platter hard drive. These may eventually go away but they were just updated with the latest Intel processors and graphics. I'm guessing they will be around for at least a few more years before all the laptops are thunderbolt and SSD.
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    They haven't sold a "Macbook" for quite a while now. The 13" Macbook Pro takes its place, with a DVD drive, 500GB convetional hard drive, Ethernet, Firewire 800, a backlit keyboard and Thunderbolt:

    Also, while the SSD in the Macbook Air is small, it makes up for it by being extremely fast. A 13" Macbook Air will actually feel faster than a 13" MBP for many day to day tasks because of the SSD speed.

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