And I love they kept FW!!! I know you can use a thundershit to FW converter... but I'm holding on to all my Macs with FW. No "new guy". They may have given up on COM ports as people are just SO ignorant... that avoids the fight. I posted a couple of AIFF files months ago here... you should have seen the level of incompetence and aggressive response to it. They don't even use Google to know what a file is and how to open it... even though everybody has VLC on his/her PC/MAC/LINUX machines. COM IS the hardware industry standard and remains such. That's what you find on system automations interfaces. VERY reliable. Yeah, modularity can help but it all depends on what the "upgrade" packages will be. DSPs will very likely be a factory installed option. I can see going remote on iPad as that's the (wrong) trend in these days... but I would expect a real remote at this kind of professional level gear. It would be a serious protection for the user investment.