Monday, October 20, 2008

Steve Jobs Responds to Missing Firewire Outrage

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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