IntelApples to Up USB 2.0 Count and Keep Firewire

But which kind?      04/01/06

Praise be, rumours that Apples new generation of Intel chip based machines (due to begin rolling out this year) were to eschew Firewire in favour of USB 2.0 – something that Intel are obviously keen to promote, are unfounded. Well sort of. There will be more USB 2.0 ports on coming models and Firewire will also be there in some form. It’s not clear as to whether this will take the form of good old Firewire 400 – you know, the one that’s compatible with 100% of all digital video cameras out there, or FireWire 800, the one that erm, isn't. Hypothetically, say they do ditch Firewire 400 in favour of the faster 800, there’ll need to be some sort of adapter gizmo to keep all the DV and older iPod users happy. Apparently splitting 800 into to 400 connections is technically feasible and would be just another chunk-o-plastic they need to throw in the box at packing time - just like the s-video and svga adapters you get just now. Anyhow, all will become clear when Apples yearly Expo in San Francisco kicks off next Monday 9th Jan. As is customary, Mr Steve Jobs will be preaching the latest Apple news at his keynote speech. Spare a thought for the Apple crew who will be zooming straight over to NAMM for the next big event. www.apple.com

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