It might be a waste of time answering the questions below. I will give it a shot though.
First; the current Pros are crap. Basically you have I/O that would have been great 3 or 4 years ago but is now an impediment to fast operation. Second; no one cares about Final Cut. Third; if you don't know why paying a premium price for a 3 year old GPU card is a problem you need to get a life and a bit of an education.
The problem is it is a workstation costing thousands of dollars as such people expect modern hardware for that cash out lay. Think about it a bit why in hell would you spend multiple thousands of dollars for a machine that doesn't support modern I/O? We can focus on USB 3 or any other part of the system if you like but really why would you lay out cash for hardware that has been dated for three years now? Especially a machine that is an investment and has to last.
AS to Pros loosing money it should be pretty obvious, if the competition does the same work in one quarter of the time you will suffer as a Mac Pro user. It is simple business where time is money. Your mi 2010 line up is technically very dated. In many cases that line up will be out paced by todays laptops and certainly by run of the mill desktop machines.
Really I don't know what you are harping about. There is no defense for the current Mac Pro that I can think of. Why you would choose to emend this move by Apple is beyond me. Consider that this machine doesn't even meet the desires of the most conservative of members on these forums. Last week few would have believed that Apple would have seriously tried to deliver such a machine.
I'd like to know what exactly the problem is with the *current* Mac Pros? Do they not run Final Cut fast enough? They might not have the absolute newest video card, but what are you doing with it that you'll need that? I don't get all the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth. It's a workstation costing several thousand dollars, with the top-end system requiring a bank-loan for some (unless their company picks it up or writes it off, etc.) So it isn't meant to be updated very regularly. These things are built to last and built to handle heavy loads.
I'd like to know how Apple's current Mac Pro upgrade cycle is having such a detrimental effect on Pros that they're *losing money* because the machines can't do the work necessary to fulfill contractual obligations to clients.
I'm betting that the above is hardly the case.
Here was the mid-2010 lineup. Let's not even talk about the most recent spec bump.
|Mid-2010 Mac Pro Lineup|
|CPU||1 x Xeon W3530 (2.8GHz - 4C/8T)||2 x Xeon E5620 (2.4GHz - 4C/8T)||2 x Xeon X5650 (2.66GHz - 6C/12T)|
|Memory||3 x 1GB DDR3-1066||6GB DDR3-1066||6GB DDR3-1333|
|Graphics||Radeon HD 5770 1GB||ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB||ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB|
|Hard Drive||1TB||1TB 7200RPM SATA||1TB 7200RPM SATA|
|Optical||18x DL SuperDrive||18x DL SuperDrive||18x DL SuperDrive|
And there's opportunity for expandability there. Unmatched build quality. By the looks of it, lots of power. And it runs OS X.