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Steve Jobs Responds to Missing Firewire Outrage

Steve Jobs Responds to Missing Firewire Outrage

Posted October 16, 2008 at 11:47pm by iClarified · 13236 views
Steve Jobs has responded to a customer complaint about the new MacBook's lack of Firewire. In a very brief response Steve's argument was that "Actually, all the new HD camcorders of the past few years use USB 2."

AppleInsider writes that "Jobs is likely not pleased about the current state of FireWire himself. Apple invented the standard in the late 80s as a hot pluggable replacement for SCSI, with a special emphasis on supporting media streaming with isochronous, real-time data transfers. The company then released the specification through a standards body to become IEEE 1394, where others including DEC, Texas Instruments, and Sony contributed to its development as well."

AppleInsider continues to write an in depth report about the history and future of Firewire. It's worth a read. TUAW has also chimed in with some more detailed information about HD cameras and video formats.

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tmdag
tmdag - October 20, 2008 at 8:00am
It's not allways about editing, sometimes I use my macbook to grab video from camera to my external hard drive. What can I dowith usb camera on mac? what mac program supports usb camera without additional compression ?
DJFelix
DJFelix - October 17, 2008 at 12:27pm
The days of firewire are coming to an end. Apple created firewire, it's only fitting that they see to it's demise. If you truly need it, get a pro. People are acting as if it's impossible to get a laptop with firewire. If you have an old camera that requires firewire, and you don't want to replace it, then get a pro. Why would you want to edit video on a macbook anyways? I would want the power of the 9600 for editing video, IMHO. You have a choice. Grow up and deal with it.
MicBoz
MicBoz - October 17, 2008 at 10:50am
@tmdag: True... but I doubt there are very many (legit) people using Final Cut Pro on a MacBook!
tmdag
tmdag - October 17, 2008 at 8:50am
.... Final Cut Pro does not support USB cameras
Macopoulos
Macopoulos - October 17, 2008 at 8:35am
To Steve.. NOT ALL CAMCORDERS WORK WELL WITH USB 2.. THEY NEED THE FIREWIRE PORT!
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