As I watched Apple revise the MacBook line with graphics performance that trounces the integrated Intel graphics, I began to think that the MacBook could well be the mythical mid-range desktop machine we’ve been waiting for- dual core, powerful graphics chipset capable of Dual-link DVI output, all the ports on the “back” & optical drive on the front… Plus the nifty ability to pick it up and take it with you!
No longer hamstrung by the Intel integrated graphics chipsets, this powerful new Mac could be had for just $1299… but there’s one BIG problem…
Apple ripped out the FireWire port from the MacBook!
Just two years after calling 2006 “The Year of HD” Apple not only refuses to include a Blu-ray burner, with the following lame excuse (from Macworld):
“BluRay is a bag of hurt,” Jobs says. “The licensing of the technology is so complex that we’re just waiting until things settle down and waiting until BluRay really takes off in the marketplace before we burden our customers with the cost of the licensing and the drives.”
But more importantly, they completely ditch FireWire altogether.
FireWire is an Apple invention from over a decade ago.
Is Apple giving up on its own technology?
How are we going to capture DV and HDV video if there’s no FireWire port on the laptop.
Moreover, there’s no ExpressCard slot on the MacBook to allow end users to add such a sorely needed feature.
Add to this the complete inability of Macintosh computers to accept and read the 3″ optical disks used on many SD and HD camcorders. No matter if it is CD, DVD or Blu-ray.
You can shoot the video but you just can’t get it into any Mac (except the $3000 one.)
Or how about the complete dearth of flash media slots that are so common on laptops from other manufacturers. Camcorders that have SDHC media are taking over the consumer and prosumer marketplace. Can a Mac natively accept a SDHC card at all? No.
They don’t want to “burden their customers”?!?
They are making it very burdensome to get video, HD or SD, into their latest computers.
The MacBook Pro does keep FireWire, but ditches the much more ubiquitous FW-400 port in favor of the much less available FW-800 port. Yes, it’s faster for hard drives. Yes, it’s “backwards compatible.” But you’ll need a converter dongle, or a completely new cable, to make all your existing FW-400 6-pin cables able to use the FW-800 jack.
With the Apple “design” overwhelming actual usability, Macs aren’t for professional creators any more. Apple’s products are only for people who buy music and video from the iTunes store, and are nothing but couch potatoes. No creating. Just consuming.
More bux in it for Apple that way: (image: Engadget)
Can’t fault them for following the dollars.
Just don’t count on Apple (you know, the company that didn’t bother to go to NAB this year because it really had nothing new to show) to keep up with its “professional” software now that it has smelled consumer dollars.