Apple's Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter Rolling Out in Online Store

Alongside the introduction of the Retina MacBook Pro last month, Apple also announced two adapters to allow users to add Ethernet and FireWire 800 capabilities to the machine through its Thunderbolt ports. But while the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter was available immediately, Apple's tech specs page for the Retina MacBook Pro has listed the FireWire adapter as launching in July.

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Just as the calendar rolls over into August, Apple now appears to be making the Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter available in its online store with a $29 price tag and a shipping estimate of 1-3 business days.

As with the new Retina MacBook Pro configuration options, users are experiencing intermittent success in viewing the new adapter in the store, with some users able to view the adapter while others simply see a "page not found" error. The issue is almost certainly related to caching, and all users should hopefully be able to see the adapter shortly.

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Dutch site One More Thing reported earlier this week [Google translation] that one of its readers had sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking about the status of the adapter, with Cook simply replying "Tomorrow", suggesting that Apple would just barely make its July shipping estimate.

Top Rated Comments

bogatyr Avatar
154 months ago
Ethernet should really be BUILT INTO the Macbook Air.

There is no vertical space for the physical port. That is why it is not built in.

I carry an Ethernet cable with me anyways - so I just leave the adapter on it. If I need Ethernet, they're both in my bag at all times.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolspot18 Avatar
154 months ago
Ethernet should really be BUILT INTO the Macbook Air.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hexx Avatar
154 months ago
UK price £25, US price $29 :mad:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Slovak Avatar
154 months ago
UK price £25, US price $29 :mad:

This argument again? Facepalm... let's do the math together:

The £25 includes a 20% VAT (effectively sales tax). Welcome to Europe, don't go to Hungary VAT is 27% there. The actual product price is then about £21 (rounded up) which is $32.50.

Now add the cost of transportation ($8+ per gallon of gas), "free" healthcare, 6 weeks of vacation benefits, etc. Free to recipient != free of cost

I'd say £25 is actually "cheaper" than in the US.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pgiguere1 Avatar
154 months ago
Ethernet should really be BUILT INTO the Macbook Air.
How?

The only way would be to make it thicker, but that would make the ULV processor useless so why not just get a 13" MBP?

The point of the MBA is to be thin and light.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chaosbunny Avatar
154 months ago
Yay cool new adaptor! The thing I love the most about Apple computers is the constant need for adaptors! :D
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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