I am like many , confused by apple's decision and started to think about getting the white book, but then I stopped when I heard that display is inferior. Then I thought what am I missing with out a firewire? I have firewire on a lamp iMac, I love it for its speed and great use. I thought firewire was the future. Now apple is abandoning it, I do not know why it seemed so good. I thought USB 2.0 is better and faster than firewire, but I hear people complain its slower. What am I exactly missing if I chose the laptop with no firewire. I am looking forward to do some video editing, watching media from an external hard drive, backups, and more... So is this firewire really important in the first place?