Originally Posted by s.metcalf
By a year or two, I may have been a bit dramatic, sorry. I like the current tower but think there's also scope for a mini tower as has been argued for for years.
There's also the point of the Mac Pro supporting a full-sized video card, which the iMac can't.
You've reinforced a long-standing argument about full-sized cards and I could not agree more. In fact, it was the loss of this ability when the Mac was introduced that led to the rise of the 'PC' and Apple's falling out of favour. In a sense, the iMacs of their day, the first Mac computers (one of which I owned and was in awe of), signalled the end of Apple's fledgling dominance. The story, in my experience at least, goes something like this:
...engineers were the first professionals to catch onto the vision for personal computing, long before DTP and other industries. However, these engineers had particular requirements that could only be provided by specialist hardware in the form of plug-in boards. When Apple's emphasis turned to the Mac, which embodied Steve Jobs ethos of complete control over the end-user experience, those many, many engineers who had championed Apple had nowhere to turn but to open PC hardware. Later, when office based workers started seeing the potential, they turned to the only people that they could trust to provide a sound recommendation, their company's engineers. By now, their engineers had jumped ship to MS and could, or would, only recommend these systems. The rest is history.
I have direst experience of this, working for such companies at that very time. Hence, the new, open architecture Macs were, as if, sent from heaven
! These were too late and still are to make a big change to buying practices, long after the initial motivation is gone.
Therefore, to me, the Mac Pro was essential to Apple. However, is it still? We have heard plenty of arguments that say YES, the Mac Pro is ESSENTIAL. History might have played out differently though. Remember the Be OS
and computers built for it. They included a geek port
, in deference to the geeks. If Steve Jobs had included a bus speed port, or access to the actual bus, on the Mac and a specialised, expansion peripheral, all might be different today. Steve however, wasn't interested in engineering fields.
Is it possible that engineers at Apple realise that the iMac with a full-speed Thunderbolt port(s) will replace the need for the tower, or is the question being driven (if it is at all
\) by marketing people. I know which answer that I hope beyond hope is the correct one!
All the best.