Confirmed: MacBook drops Firewire

Confirmed: MacBook drops Firewire

Summary: It's confirmed. Apple has dropped the Firewire port from the new MacBook.


It's confirmed. Apple has dropped the Firewire port from the new MacBook.

Confirmed: MacBook drops Firewire port

The port lineup for the new MacBook (L to R):
  • MagSafe power port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Mini Display Port
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out
  • Kensington lock slot

Confirmed: MacBook drops Firewire port

The previous MacBook ports (above):
  • MagSafe power port
  • Ethernet port
  • Mini DVI
  • Firewire 400
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out
  • Kensington lock slot

What do video professionals think about this?

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  • Upgrade to Pro?

    It looks like if you want FireWire, you'll need to get a Macbook Pro instead.
  • "What do video professionals think about this?"

    What about we non-professionals who shoot video?

    I guess we're SOL, as far as Apple is concerned.

    Nice way to drive customers to Windows machines Stevie boy. Your arrogance just keeps growing day by day.
    • Who needs Firewire....

      What you can do is play the video on your TV, then point the macbook's web cam at the screen and push record...

    • Buy the $999

      Macbook. It still has firewire.
    • The macbook pro has Firewire 800

      No professional video editors use plain
      macbooks for location work. It's all
      tricked out Macbook Pros.

      The MBP still has 800 Mbps firewire, as
      compared to the 400 Mbps firewire in
      the old macbook.
      • False.

        Most professional video people use non mac desktop replacement machines.
    • That just depends.

      Based on what I've seen from Panasonic and others,
      camcorders are drifting away from FireWire as the video
      transfer method of choice. And with chip-based storage
      in many of them, you don't need to connect the camera
      to the computer at all any more.
    • No Firewire Port

      Unfortuantely, Windows machines (at least laptops) are beginning to omit the firewire port, also.
  • In other words: MacBooks just got more expensive

    If FireWire is a requirement in your laptop, MacBooks just got $1,000 more expensive. Apple has such an odd definition of "price drop"!! :)
    • The $999

      MacBook still has firewire 400. Try again.
      • Wrong pal

        I hate to burst your bubble, but Apple did, in fact, remove the FireWire port from the new MacBook laptops. [b]However, you can still buy a MacBook Pro and get the FireWire 800 port[/b]
        • You're both right--and wrong, Tyler

          Yes, Apple did remove Firewire from the new,
          aluminum MacBooks (though they upgraded to FW800
          in the MacBook Pros.) What you seem to have missed is
          that the white, acrylic MacBook keeps its FW400 port...
          at least for now. So no, they didn't completely eliminate
          FireWire from the MacBook line.

          But then, considering the new camcorders using USB2
          or solid state memory, FireWire seems to be going out
          anyway, just like the floppy disk did back in 1998.
          • False, again.

            You seem to have a misconception of what solid state memory is. Solid state memory is any memory has no moving parts.

            USB 2.0 will not replace firewire simply due to bandwidth. You won't find a professional video camera without it.
          • FireWire...

            [i]"USB 2.0 will not replace firewire simply due to
            bandwidth. You won't find a professional video camera
            without it."[/i]
            And the MacBook Pro has FireWire on it. Anyone using
            a professional video camera is going to use a MacBook
            Pro, not a basic MacBook.

            As far as consumer-level camcorders go, FireWire is
  • I think the Macbook isn't for video professionals

    Yo, video professionals, you ought to be using the Mac
    notebook with the good video card and the faster CPU and
    the bigger screen. I know some of you are happy on low-
    end hardware, but if you're time is worth anything (it is,
    isn't it?) you ought to use the better hardware. Your
    greater efficiency will pay for the difference in the
    notebooks, won't it?

    I know I need the firewire port to recover docs from older
    Macs with target disk mode. I need to expresscard slot for
    my eSata and Verizon cards. Too bad they aren't on the
    Macbook, but it is how it is. And I like the bigger screen
    • Now you just raised a very interesting question.

      [i]Target Disk Mode:[/i] Apple touted this as the easiest
      way ever to upgrade your hardware and keep all your old
      software and settings on a new machine. What with
      removing FireWire from the new MacBooks, how do they
      use TDM now? Through USB? Not impossible, I'm sure;
      but does anybody know yet?
  • What About Multi-track Audio

    Video on the MacBook is a problem for me... but I would like to use it with my FirePod. I'm pretty sad because I had been waiting to get my first Mac laptop.

  • RE: Confirmed: MacBook drops Firewire port

    A video pro would likely be using a MacBook Pro or a
    desktop unit anyway. The MBP is also the one with the
    better graphics capabilities as well.
  • RE: Confirmed: MacBook drops Firewire port

    Target Disk mode is just one of the desirable features of
    Firewire. Unlike USB, you can also boot from an external
    drive with Firewire, which is desirable for many reasons,
    including field troubleshooting, alternate OS X versions and
    other OS's, and security isolation tasks.