Need FireWire or an optical drive? Then the last non-Retina MacBook Pro is for you.
While Apple's new adapter can be attached to a computer by its FireWire connection, it will not provide Thunderbolt over FireWire.
Over a month after announcing the adaptor at WWDC, Apple has finally made it available for Thunderbolt users.
They look and sound great, but are best suited to party animals who like a lot of volume.
Typical price: $149.00
Since the news of Passware being able to decrypt FileVault over FireWire connections, Mac users might be concerned about the integrity of the security on their computers.
The 1394 Trade Association is touting the success of FireWire ports , saying that the technology has reached the 2 billion ports mark. But that puts it far behind its competitor, USB.
Iomega announces a new eGo portable hard drive made specifically for Macs that offers up to 1TB of storage and supports both USB 2.0 and FireWire connections.
If you need a FireWire 800 drive, the My Book Studio gives a good amount of grunt, and is about as Maccy as one can Mac. Now we just need to wait for Apple to pick up USB 3.0, and we can forget about all these disparate interfaces.
Typical price: $229.00
Password recovery firm Passware says that Mac passwords can be obtained over Firewire on computers that have enabled automatic login.
Whether it's iPad cases, flash drives, or FireWire storage devices, consumer tech designers must think we're a bunch of clods. But maybe we're not the problem.