Originally Posted by danatkorg
That doesn't seem to be the case in this thread.
There *is* an assumption that the design constraints of the iMac will prevent it from being equipped with the same amount of CPU power, for instance, as its contemporary Mac Pro models.
It really isn't an assumption , as long as the iMacs retain their current form the differences in volume clearly give an edge to a Mac Pro type box. In simple terms one can stuff more chips in there. Even the much discussed XMac would have certain advantages over the iMac.
The thing here is hardware is shrinking. So tomorrows iMac will be very powerful, however that shrinkage just means more "stuff" can be incorporated into a Mac Pro.
It's possible that this may change with time, but for now, those big heat-sinks just won't fit. This is aside from all other issues of expandability, displays, etc. So, sure, iMacs can do a lot now, and they'll be able to do more in the future - but a less-constrained physical design (e.g. Mac Pro) seems likely to maintain an edge.
It is more than an edge in my opinion. Rather the Pro is an entirely different class of machine. If one recognizes this then they should also realize the futility of comparing an iMac to a Mac Pro.
There's also an assumption that the amount of processing power required (or at least useful) for certain tasks, such as video editing, rendering, audio/music production, etc. will continue to increase as well, as standards continue to be raised based on what's newly possible. Not infinitely, probably, but at least for a while into the future.
Again I dont see any indication at all of an assumption. Software consistently expands or evolves to use all the available resources. Image production is one example today but tomorrow it could be any number of apps.
Apple has a real problem with the current Pro though. I really can't see how the platform is even remotely profitable. I had ideas about correcting that and I'm sure many people at Apple feel the same way. The problem is that there seems to be a lack of heart for the desktop at Apple.
The only good thing is the rumors about a full overhaul of Apple hardware next year. I just don't believe Apple has a viable vision for the desktop and as a result will deliver hardware built with the same old tired formulas.