In the world of Apple blogging it is easy to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Since the release of the new Macbook and Macbook Pros there has been an uproar online about the fact that the new Macbooks don’t have Firewire support.
The reason for this clear, and simple. The Macbook is a consumer level product. Most consumer level camcorders and other devices that people would want to connect to their Macbooks now use USB. Firewire has lost the connectivity war.
If you look at Amazon’s top ten best selling camcorders only one of them even supports Firewire…and it also has a USB connection.
The Macbook Pro still has a firewire connector, and if you’re a video professional and you have an older camera with Firewire then you may want to pick it up. Otherwise you may want to invest in a FireWire/USB Hub. They’ll run you between $45 and $100 – which is certainly cheaper than buying a new camera.
The sad fact here, is that Firewire is on the way out. You have choices here other than getting on the internet and complaining. If the Macbook’s lack of a Firewire port is so upsetting to you that you can’t stand it — then don’t buy a Macbook.
It’s really that simple. That’s not me trying to be a jerk – that’s just the actual solution to the problem. I have a Canon H20 – it’s a nice HD Camcorder, and I’m not getting rid of it any time soon. It uses a Firewire port – and I will not be purchasing a Macbook because of its lack of support. I had considered selling my Macbook Pro to buy the wife and I dual Macbooks…but now that’s not something I’m willing to consider.
I’ll either wait until I can afford the new Macbook Pro – or until I decide to buy a new camera. Either way, I won’t be losing any sleep at night because Apple has decided to phase out a technology that the rest of the industry is already phasing out.