Originally Posted by ort
They have limitted sales because they rarely update them and they are WAY overpriced.
It's time to come out with something cheaper. You could always buy a decent Mac tower for about $1,500 bucks in the past, and now the cost of entry is $2,600. It's ridiculous.
I haven't done price comparisons on the Mac Pro recently, but at the time the current model was released, it was as cheap or cheaper than most of the workstation class computers available from companies like HP and Dell. I'm sure they're getting spanked currently since they still don't have Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge is due in March/April, but if you want Apple and expandability w/o waiting for more TB related gear to get produced, it's currently your only option.
I'll agree w/you about the entry level for the big desktop should be lower, but the processors in those systems were 1200+ each when they were released, so even trying to price things out you weren't building cheaper at the time. The Mac Pro as it is currently designed is not really targeting the home user who wants to stuff a bigger video card in and dual boot to Windows to play games (yes I know Mac gaming has improved, but the number of games is still way low, I've been bitching w/people on the SW:ToR forums about the lack of a Mac client heh) but instead it's aimed at the workstation crowd. Number crunching, people who need Fibre cards, people who really need all the expansion capabilities like say for music production end up going that route often.
There could be other ways to replace an change their current workflow w/something else and still stay on the Mac platform, but that means a reduction in efficiency and learning a new method, which if you're a business, needs to be figured into the cost-benefit analysis. External options have gotten fast and out of the way enough that less people need the internal space and can get by just fine w.iMacs or even Minis, so Apple is considering putting the MP out to pasture. They aren't wrong to do so, but it will certainly ruffle a few feathers. Very few if their sales data is accurate tho.
Originally Posted by garyp
Why would Apple abandon their loyal content creation professionals? I just can't imagine they'd want media pros using another OS. They may be questioning the tower form factor, and I see nothing wrong with this. But Apple is not going to retreat from the field. Why would they?
I can't find any info on the systems used for the actual creation of the films at Pixar, but the rendering is all done on Linux clusters. I wouldn't be surprised at all if there isn't a healthy mix of Mac and Linux both there, but I'd really love to find some info on the actual production machines. What are the designers using for generating all the images and sounds of the films.