With no real announcement, two newly introduced MacBooks, in the $1300 to $1600 price range, were released without FireWire. This has caused considerable outrage from Apple loyalists. Initially Apple remained silent on why, exactly, they decided to dump FireWire on these new machines. Very recently, however, Steve Jobs decided to comment – at least to a few people.
He essentially said that the decision to remove FireWire was because most devices today come stock with USB 2.0 ports. Considering how long Apple has pushed FireWire as a superior alternative to USB, this sudden change is very interesting.