The industry body behind the FireWire (Aka IEEE1394) interface technology has seized on the fact that if features in the new iMacs to counter a market researcher's claims that the technology is in 'slow decline'.
"Apple's introduction of new iMacs with 1394b this week demonstrates that the 1394b standard, also known as FireWIre 800, is gaining significant momentum," the 1394 Trade Association said.
The two new members of the iMac line include two 1394 ports, one using 1394a (FireWire 400) and the other 1394b. At their launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs highlighted the presence of FireWire 800 and noted that 1394b is now on all iMacs.
"Apple's decision to incorporate 1394b into all of its iMacs is another indication of increasing momentum for the 'b' version of FireWire," said James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association. "The storage product designers set the pace by adopting FireWire 800 for hard disk drives, and now, with this announcement from Apple, 1394b is in the mainstream."