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Inclusion in the keynote was a long shot anyway. What they focused on makes perfect sense.   But the use of the "NEW" tag for the Mac Pros in the web store does seem quite cruel, when all the other machines with the same tag have keynote-worthy improvements. Kind of bizarre, really.   What is different is the sales lineup, which has been adjusted, now with two basic machines, one a single-processor, the other a dual-processor. That much makes sense, in that it...
Marvin, Many of the points you make are reasonable, although I'm not really sure where your data on Mac Pro sales comes from. I just think you're drawing the wrong conclusions. There is a place for a Mac Pro in the product line. Most of the problems that exist (apart from the current economic depression) can be addressed in a redesign of the Mac Pro. Plus, Cook is an operations guy. I'd look for innovations in how the Mac Pro is built and how it is "fulfilled," and not...
  The idea that the entertainment and advertising industries are some kind of minor niche market in decline that can and should be ignored is just laughable on its face. Not to mention potential growth areas for OS X like the hard sciences and medicine -- here the success of iOS devices is likely to drive growth back into the rest of the OS X ecosystem, including a new and improved Mac Pro. An Apple television would only add to the phenomenon.   Your vision of an iMac...
  Apologies for quoting myself, but it occurs to me that nine years for the cheese grater design has to be a record, and by a decent margin. Is there any other computer design that has lasted as long? Certainly not among Apple machines. Previous record has to be the original 1984 Macintosh -- that design continued through the Mac Plus (discontinued 1990) -- six years.
  This is true, but it is also nothing new. The Mac Pro has always had less RAM than comparable PC base configurations, and Apple's prices for additional RAM have always been outlandish. Most Mac Pro users buy their RAM elsewhere. Apple doesn't want to be in the RAM business. The Mac Pro's graphics cards have always lagged behind the cutting edge as well.   Not sure what your point is -- if it's that this shows that the Mac Pro is dead, then no. All it shows is that Apple...
  Yes. If they do, there will be a firestorm of coverage about it, dwarfing everything else they're trying to do. The upshot of the news coverage will be "Apple is the new Sony."   People who think it would not be a big deal are either ignorant or kidding themselves.   But it's not going to happen. There have been zero signs from Apple pointing in that direction. The lack of a Mac Pro refresh last year had nothing to do with Apple. It was an Intel delay -- those...
  I don't understand why people are so threatened by the idea of a new Mac Pro. Why do they care? It's great that the iMacs may actually have a sort of expansion/upgrade path now with Thunderbolt, not to mention the MacBooks. I'm sure users have been asking for this kind of thing forever.   But that doesn't have anything to do with the Mac Pro and the server capabilities built into OS X. The difference between Apple today and Sony yesterday is OS X. The iOS is an offshoot...
  Exactly. They need the new hardware now to test 10.8 on it. WWDC is actually perfectly timed for that. The sooner they introduce the new machines into the wild, the more thorough the real-world testing they get from the developers and AppleSeed.
I don't think that quote refers to anything in particular. It's a reflection on the fact that he always feels that way when he's working on a new design, no matter what it is.   Don't get me wrong -- I pray daily that I will be able to replace my trusty Mac Pro 1,1 with something special, and soon. So I hope you're right!
A good summary of the argument. Although I imagine 2,000 (typo?) is far too low for the initial sales burst, since the Mac Pro 1,1 and 2,1 are being left behind by both Mountain Lion and Adobe's CS 6 (no official support for those graphics processors, but you can tell it to use the CPU instead).   Another way to possibly reduce costs and definitely free up space in the retail stores (I'll let you guess which of these two I think is more of a priority for Apple right now)...
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