Real pros are not completely stupid, they can recognize a high performance machine without the "Pro" label in the devices name. This is the most odd and twisted thing posted in this forum thread.
Originally Posted by Carthusia
That analysis of Apple's notebook product roadmap seems extremely convoluted. Keeping Pro and Air brands make more (or at least as much sense) as eliminating the Air and keeping MacBook and Pro brands. And it makes far more sense than having Air, MacBook, and Pro. I don't see the Pro becoming simply the Macbook. Pros want a Pro brand and the MacBook has been end-of-lifed even for the education market, right?
Wrong! Mac Book is just another name, they could drop the "Mac" completely and call the new machines Cortland and real pros would be able to recognize that they are high performance machines relative to the AIRs.
Reintroducing the MacBook brand would seem like a) a step backward and b) a violation of Steve's brilliant vision for separate consumer and professional notebook lines.
Complete garbage. Let me state this clearly, if a professional can't recognize a machine with a feature set suitable for his Profession he isn't much of a professional. It would be like a plumber going to a home center for some crappy pipe wrench instead of buying a Ridged. Professionals build their operations around the right tools for the endeavors at hand.
11", 13" MBAs stay, possibly rebranded as MB, but that would be a lot of rebranding in a little time for Apple's entry level notebook. Ergo, MBA stays as the brand.
15", 17" MBPs (17" is introduced 2013 or gets dropped, depending on how well 15" Pros fit Pro consumer's needs)
Differentiating factors are that, unlike Airs, Pros get more screen real estate with Retina displays,
Retina is not about screen real estate!
discreet graphics, SSD/HDD with optional SSD-only models. Dropped optical drives make room for SDD/HDD option with sufficient room for larger battery. Done.
I really don't know what Apple is doing with their lineup. If they do take this approach it might be a sign that they are testing the waters to see if people really do want that optical drive in their laptops. There is much whining about the optical going away but the reality is I don't think most Apple customers care. Such a lineup gives Apple a way to test the waters the only honest way possible which is with actual sales. My suspicion is that sales will dry up for the optical equipped MBPs pretty quick, because so many don't know what they are talking about.