Originally Posted by AdamC
Honestly Apple products are getting better for the time. Professionals don't have to buy very high end Macs to do their job except those in video production and even the much condemned FCPX is now better han ever and with third party support it can only get better.
Look at the latest iPhoto, I have seen the death of Adobe and look at the latest app by Autodesk and I believe others will run ring around Illustrator. And all this can be done on the iPad and not a Mac.
I disagree. Amateurs can do lots of interesting things on the iPad and the value proposition of the incredibly inexpensive applications for the iPad is unbelievably high. But for serious work, IMO, you still need a powerful computer with a full and tactile keyboard and a mouse or other pointing device aside from the touch pad. The iPad is certainly fun, but I can't do serious work on it. Typing on it hurts my hands. For an exec who just wants to check email, post a few things on Linked-In, surf the web and listen to music, it's a great machine. But for someone who needs to do serious work in Photoshop or write complex documents in Word or use other complex pro apps, a laptop or desktop is still the better tool.
I'm a semi-pro photographer and iPhoto just doesn't cut it. I consider Aperture to be a pro app, but the reality is that I've hardly used it. It's always been Photoshop for me. But I can see someone coming up with a replacement for Illustrator - I've never found it the slightest bit intuitive to use.
If the rumors are accurate, we're going to see the MacBookPro line disappear into the Mac Book Air line. So now we don't have optical drives (which I still use), we'll have limited storage space because to replicate the amount of hard disk I have in a solid state drive will cost 3x the price and we'll presumably have smaller screens. I have no interest in storing the work I get paid for in the Cloud and most of my clients would forbid it by contract anyway.
Apple seems to be taking the line that they're going to concentrate where they can sell the most units and make the most money. I understand that, but what they seem to be forgetting is that high-end companies keep their reputations by what they develop at the top of the line. That's true for cars, fashion, electronics and cameras. If you look at companies like Nikon and Canon, most of the profits actually come from the middle of the line, not their top of the line $8000 bodies. But the quality at the top of the line and its use by professionals drives the reputation of the rest of the line.
So IMO, Apple should be producing a bleeding-edge state of the art Mac Pro even if it's never going to sell that many units. And they should still produce Mac Book Pros for high-end users. And when they produce supposed pro apps, like FCPX, they need to be less arrogant and listen to people in the industry, especially when it comes to workflow issues. There has been a long-standing problem at Apple with pro users because Apple really can't be trusted - you never know when they're going to abandon support or radically change a product that negatively impacts the way that you work. I think this next year is going to determine whether Apple is going to continue in the computer business or whether they're only going to be a consumer electronics company.