Well, that’s a kick in the pants. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. At today’s MacBook event, Apple announced (amongst other things) that the new MacBooks are finally getting an honest-to-goodness graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. But did they really have to remove FireWire capabilities to make room for the card?
It’s true. Well, I mean, the two are probably mutually exclusive, but the new MacBooks will have no FireWire capabilities at all. Rather, you’re left with two USB 2.0 ports. And oddly, the $999 MacBook (now dubbed the MacBook White) doesn’t have the new GeForce 9400M, but retains the FireWire port.
Personally, I’ll take the Nvidia card over FireWire capabilities, but I’m still quite disappointed in the move to USB 2.0 only, as I now won’t be able to plug my Canon GL2 digital camcorder directly into a MacBook. It’ll be interesting to hear Apple’s explanation for this decision, because it’s most certainly going to cause quit a stir.