What’s Missing From The New MacBooks: FireWire PortsOct 14th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: Computer Hardware, Podcasting Hardware
There’s something very important missing from the new line of MacBooks that Apple introduced today: FireWire ports.
Hereâ€™s the port lineup for the new MacBooks:
- MagSafe power port
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
- Mini DisplayPort
- Audio line in
- Audio line out
- Kensington lock slot
Yep – if youâ€™ve bought a FireWire audio interfaces or FireWire mixers, or if you use FireWire to import videos from your video camera, the new MacBook line is not for you.
This is a very disruptive move on Apple’s part, and could lead some people in new media to skip this generation of MacBooks and see how the future of FireWire pans out.
If you need a new Mac laptop now and you’ve got an investment in some pricy FireWire gear, plan on dropping 2 grand or more on a MacBook Pro, or scooping up one of the great deals on refurbished MacBook Pros.