The difficulties in choosing a Mac

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Lately Apple seems to make the process of choosing which Mac to purchase more and more difficult. They have this nasty habit of leaving out 1 essential feature in lower priced laptops in order to ‘encourage’ pros. to buy the more expensive model. Boo hoo.
Today was no different with the revamped MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup.
First it was the lack of a dedicated graphics card in the MacBook. Now that they have fixed that issue (in spades), they cripple an otherwise fine production machine by leaving out a firewire port. I’ll do some real world tests to ensure my assumption is correct but I can’t see using usb 2.0 for large file transfers or for reading large files from disc.
This was the month I was going to upgrade my studio equipment. It’s been 3 years since I purchased my venerable 12″ Powerbook and it’s starting to show it’s age. Replacing my Powerbook and Eizo monitor with a MacBook Pro and similar quality but larger display is not something I can budget this year.
With each successive MacBook crippled in some way, this might be the first time in 10 years that my main studio machine is a desktop. It looks like I see an iMac in my future (still a win for Apple).