...looks like a 'leak' from Apple P.R prepping us for a 'dinosaur-less' future.
Pity (always liked the Mac Pro...) ? A little...but not so much.
It's been on the cards for some time.
Apple's moving mainstream whether die hards like it or not.
iMac. iPods. iPhones. iPads...
All plenty powerful for the mainstream consumer whether for Image or Word Processing, Emailing, video work.
The tower's had this coming for some time. It's 'huuuuuge' design, it's even 'huuuuuuuuuuug-er' price tag and it's even 'huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuug-er' out of date gpus have made it the province of a Mac/creative pro/elite in denial.
Top end iMac 27 inch vs the entry level crap (sorry, 'Quad') core Tower? No competition. One is overblown and a sucktackler irrelevance and the other is actually selling.
Apple aren't Apple computer any longer. They're Apple. That happened some time ago.
We're in the post pc era. That means no big, ugly (or even big 'pretty') boxes with lots of wires.
We're done with Power PC. We're done with towers. We're done with 'gas guzzlers'...it's small, elegant, it's portable...it's bang for buck in power vs power consumption.
I'm sure they'll sell the tower for another year or so. Then there's ebay for people who want to nerd away with...uhm...well...whatever it is you're putting in there (but it won't be new improved gpus with any regularity... :/ )
The tower? This parties over.
The iMac will carry the 'mid tower' x-Mac desk top torch (and is currently doing so...) for the forseeable future. If you aren't demanding, stick an SD powered mini to a monitor of your choice.
If that that doesn't excite you, there's lots of luvly Apple laptops and a terrific iPad 3 (retina rocks!) around the corner.
I guess there's a fading hope that Apple may nix the overblown tower and give us a double mini whopper (with a cheese side order) ala Cube style replacement. I could vaguely see that happening with Thunderbolt helping with the expansion.
But the increasingly 'epic' gaps between Tower updates suggests the writing is on the wall.
Lemon Bon Bon.