Originally Posted by bsmit007
Actually I don't know why everyone is making such a big deal about FW800. Lets face it, there aren't that many FW800 devices other than external storage solutions out there. I would like to see an external SATA port instead.
And that's exactly it - storage. Apple went and put FW800 on the PowerMac along with the 17" Powerbook (was it on the 15" and 12" models?). A lot of people jumped on the FW800 wagon and bought external RAID systems based on that interface. Kinda surprising they didn't include it on the 15" MBP, especially since it's already there in the internal USB controller that is identical to the one on the 17" MBP. In other words, they had nothing more to do than find room for the connector. IMO, they should just provide a FW800 port and be done.
Personally, I don't have any FW800 devices, but I work with a lot of people who do and I know that a lot of them are very interested in the 15" MBP as the 17" is just a bit too big to lug around everywhere, but they're holding off since they can't use their external FW800 drive array with it (or at least not at full speed). I doubt we'll see an external SATA connector anytime soon as there still is no true industry standard for such.
When it all comes down to it, I'll take the MBP just as it is if they get a Merom CPU in there. Oh, and it has to handle at least 3gb of RAM, preferably 4gb. An upgraded GPU will also be desireable.
Watching how Apple handles themselves with new products now that they have switched to Intel CPUs is going to tell us a lot in the next several months. They no longer have the mystique of a different CPU platform and they can't run obscure ads showing snails with Intel CPUs glued to them (as they did comparing the G3 to the PentiumII). They are on equal footing as far as CPU performance and general system architecture with the PC world now.. They have to convince the world that the Mac platform is better because of a superior OS and their other software (Final Cut Studio, etc...). And even with that, it will be difficult to do so if they're always selling systems that are a generation behind in CPU tech. Apple is off to a great start with the upgrade of the iMac line (only about 10 days after Dell actually started shipping Merom based systems). Let's hope they can keep the ball rolling and get the new MBP offerings announced in the next week or so.
The more I think about it, I'm actually betting they'll announce the new MBP line on Tuesday at the press event. Even though I originally said they probably won't. I'm also going to go out on a limb and predict that, like the iMac line, there will be a new model too.. A 13" MBP. ...Of course, I could just be talking out of my arse. Hehehe