Originally Posted by blur35mm
Below is the Mac Pro Refresh Schedule from MacRumors.
Pssst - why don't you cross reference to the release schedule of the Intel Xeon CPUs contained within those Mac Pro's?
If this isn't enough to convince you they are abandoning the Pro's
No, it's not since all it proves is you don't understand the technology you are attempting to comment on.
...also - by the time they have those features studios will have cross-graded already.
And they will switch back once tapeless becomes the normal workflow and FCPX is the only app written from the ground up around that workflow.
Apple has given ZERO assurances that they are not abandoning the Pro's.
Huh? The lead developer demoed a pre-release version before a major show. They have actively engaged respected editors throughout the industry. They have publicly stated multiple times they are not abandoning the pro market.
It has "Pro" in the name!!! If they didn't care about pro's why even bother naming the product like they did?
During the FCPX debacle they begrudgingly caved
If you are referring to reversing themselves on selling the previous version, I do agree there - that was their biggest mistake - followed closely by waiting far too long to talk about future plans for obviously missing features like multicam. But I don't begrudge them for shipping it now - there are plenty of people who don't need multicam that are benefitting from FCPX now.
and they have done nothing to counter the Mac Pro death rumors.
Apple never discusses future product plans - so I'm not sure, other than pouting, what people are upset about here. And they are not getting rid of the Pro. It may not have the volume of other systems, but it has far to many attributes that make it necessary. It's not an Xserve waiting to happen...
If they want us to buy iMacs that we cannot get in and out of easily for 3rd party cards and upgrades then why bother?
I have a Mac Pro and I still can't get decent third party graphics card support without hacking
I'm far less concerned about them dropping the Pro and far more concerned that they seem to be loosing interest in releasing better graphics card choices
It is going to take a long time for manufacturers to catch up with Thunderbolt so what happens in the mean time?
Thunderbolt can't replace a single 16 lane PCI express card slot - let alone two of 'em and three 4 lane slots. Thunderbolt is cool, but it can't touch the bandwidth available in the Mac Pro.
Can get faster hardware cheaper and the days of apps being exclusive to OS X are gone as Windows developers have come a long way. Basically you are paying a premium for OS X.
Yup, I happily pay a premium for Mac OSX. And windows "coming a long way" may be good enough for you, but not me.
Choice is good.
I am struggling to understand why they are abandoning power users and Pros. Makes no sense to me.
Perhaps because they aren't? Couldn't that be the real source of your confusion?
Again, if they give us some assurances then my arguments will go away but having been a life long Pro Mac User it is disheartening.
If you are looking for warm fuzzies and daily affirmations then Apple is not the company for you. I'm sure Dell or HP would be more than happy to tell you their future plans. Heck, Microsoft too. Then again, it doesn't mean they will make those days or deliver on their promises - but at least they are assuring you
I never get this "need" by people about what isn't shipping. If it isn't shipping, it doesn't exist. I'm far more interested in a companies overall track record of delivering - and Apple delivers. Not always in the ways that people expect, but the vast majority of the time they are right vs. wrong.