I can't say as I am surprised, its been tossed around for a while in general conversation. Apple are making so much on consumer gear...
And that stupid chart they show on the Macrumors site (I didn't bother to look at AppleInsider) is just that, stupid. Mac Pro sales met a record high in unit sales in 2010 with the Westmere update. It's in Apple's annual report. Sorry. I don't buy this for one minute. I do however believe that a newly-designed Mac Pro is coming with the next revision. I expect it to be smaller, sleeker and somewhere between the current tower and the discontinued XServe. Something more in-line with what the current state of the market would dictate.
I'll take your word for it Jeff. Not that it affects me one iota. But its interesting nonetheless.
I'm surprised they didn't staple onto the end of the article, that was why Automatic Duck was now free :D
Jeff. True enough...
BUT there's obviously a strugge within the Apple Campus as to where to go.
There was probably a FCP 8 that made Mark happy and saying that we should bet on it.
FCP-X is obviously not that program.
The server and XSAN story MAY be like dropping floppies in a visionary move. But it may also not be so.
Just thinking about how much the iGadgets outsell their computers, is a reality check as to what may very well seem like a logical boardroom decission.
Apple have a very distinct history of leaving users in the cold when they feel like it is the right thing to do.
And their absolute no-communication wit pro base and large lisencee holders, is kinda frustrating, while a mail to the resolve team may end up with a fixed beta within 24 hours...
Arrogance is good in many ways, as Apple and RED have showed a number of times.
But it is laso not the best way to tend to a depending customerbase.
I for one certainly hope it's not true. If those concerned would fill out the brief form at http://www.apple.com/feedback/macpro.html and voice your concerns, it might have more of an impact than hand-wringing and speculating on the demise of the MacPro here.
The were right back in May 2010 about Final Cut being turned into a Prosumer app:
I didn't want to believe them then and I don't want to believe them now but John Gruber (Daring Fireball) agrees:
On another note, I do know that I would not want to be stuck with buying a new iMac every couple of years. I would rather have a machine where I can upgrade the GPU and ram etc at will!
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