Originally Posted by heavydevelopment
I for one am hoping that Microsoft is successful. It would thin the herd. A lot of Apple fans have the knee jerk reaction of wanting Apple to do well at all costs. This is from years of being the underdog and if you were a devote back in '97, there was serious worry that Apple was going to go belly up (they were very much like how RIM is now). Now with Apple's success, there is a developing problem of the company focusing too much on consumer products and gadgets, and ignoring the customers that have supported the company for years. With the death of the Xserve and Raid servers, the FinalCut Pro debacle, the Mac Pro languishing, and the possibility the MacBook Pro 17" is dead, it is looking like Apple is abandoning the professional user to concentrate on the more profitable consumer market. This worries me because I refuse to go back to Windows and Linux doesn't have support from Adobe for it's programs (yet). So I've abandoned the defense mechanism of Apple at all costs. I'd like for the competition to get some market share and keep Apple honest. But, unfortunately, the salad days of 2005 to 2010 for Apple power users may just be a memory.
How much of this is FUD, authored by the collective stupidity of the blogosphere, and how much of it is fact?
Let's dissect your theory that Apple doesn't "care" about "pros" whom are evidently defined by you as people who use "Adobe":
1. Apple sells a workstation / server grade Mac Pro with 12-cores, lots of RAM, and lots of storage. It supports a variety of professional external storage such as fibre channel, PCIe I/O such as SDI and HDI, as well as HDMI boards, MPEG encoder co-processors, and support for dual 27" (or legacy 30") Cinema Display monitors, as well as color calibrated monitors from NEC. If pros were really off their radar, Apple would stop making the Mac Pro altogether. As it stands, the Xeon-based Mac Pro is still a current product, receiving a trickle of updates, but that counts for something. You can be impatient with Apple, but saying they don't care about pros is a collective myth,
2. Xserve is dead. Yup. But did you use Xserve for running Photoshop? I'm guessing no. So what does it say about Apple's supposed attitude towards pros? Nothing. Xserve is a rack-mounted data center product. Data center was never a strong part of Apple's product focus, even when it was just the "pros" keeping Apple alive--before 1996, before The Return of the Great One.
3. RAID servers are dead. Does this mean you can't get RAID from other vendors? Of course not. RAID is strategic for Apple: they sell a solution only if there aren't good alternatives for Mac users. Once the ecosystem has matured, it might not make sense for Apple to stay in that peripheral business. Remember, Apple also exited the laser printing business, and their first LaserWriters defined desktop publishing in the 80s.
4. Final Cut Pro debacle. Here, I think, Apple released a half-finished product. They clearly wanted to innovate, instead of just patching the old code base. They wanted it 64-bit. But the first release of this virtual rewrite came up short in many areas that were only of interest to pros. Apple capitulated by bringing back limited licenses for old FCP. Now would a company that doesn't care about pros do that? And Apple has been adding back pro features to subsequent releases of FCPX. Is that consistent with a company that doesn't care about pros?
5. The 17" MacBook Pro is dead. The ONLY feature of the 17" MBP over the 15" MBP was the 2-inch larger screen and higher resolution screen. This would be missed by programmers. Maybe, if their screen space was crowded with toolbars and chrome. But I can think of advantages of the 15" retina display over the 17" non-retina that matters to pros: higher resolution. Sharper text. Better color fidelity. Less glare. An image that looks like a printed photo, rather than a pixelated computer display. I can't think of any pro applications that won't benefit from the retina display. Even Photoshop, Premeire Pro. Remember: the retina MBP is marketed and priced for pros, not a consumer laptop.
Conclusion? You've managed to become convinced of a myth, spawned by uninformed bloggers and chinwags, who conveniently ignore facts. The Mac is still the best platform for pro work. Prove me wrong.