Apple Launching Their Thunderbolt to FireWire Dongle Adapter
Two months ago, we shared that Apple started rolling out support for their Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet
adapter that allowed all new owners of the MacBook Pro with retina display to have access to a wired Internet connection. Today, Apple is starting to roll out their Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter via their online store, which like many of Apple's adapters, carries a $29.00 price tag.
Since the new MacBook Pro with retina display is so thin, Apple decided to nix the larger FireWire port in place of the much smaller Thunderbolt port, which is such a versatile I/O system that it really made no sense to have the FireWire connector port on the side of the computer and limiting the thinness of the computer.
Today’s Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter allows users to connect third party peripherals, such as video camcorders, to their MacBook Pro with retina display computer through the Thunderbolt port rather than the nonexistent FireWire port. Those that have older MacBook Pro models such as the 2011 model, which has both the Thunderbolt and FireWire port, can use the adapter to enjoy dual-FireWire ports.
The part was live on Apple’s Web site earlier at this link
, however it appears to be unavailable again. If the part follows the same patterns as the disappearing act that plagued the online customization menu of Apple’s lower-end MacBook Pro with retina display today
, then we should expect to see the adapter become live on the site again sometime later in the day.