Hmmm... the current industry standards are optical drives and USB.
So Apple removes the optical drive, has only one external USB (2.0) port, and adds a Thunderbolt port to the Firewire port. Yes there are some peripherals for Firewire, but only a select few in specialty markets; unlike USB that has an immense variety of peripherals covering nearly every imaginable application and price range. How many Thunderbolt peripherals, other than those manufactured by Apple, are available now?
Apple ignores USB 3.0, and moves off in yet another direction.
It's reminiscent of Sony and BetaMax. Beta format actually had far superior technical specifications, compared to VHS, but the market had chosen VHS and BetaMax languished. Firewire has been around for many years, but hasn't done much outside of niche markets.
Now we have Thunderbolt. I'll wait and see, but my expectations aren't too high.
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