Originally Posted by SolipsismX
All towers are desktop PCs. You only have three classes of PC: desktop, notebook, and rack. Only two of those have ever been in the consumer realm. The Mac Pro to the Mac mini to the iMac are all designated as desktop PCs. Within that category you have different types of desktops: tower, AIO (all-in-one), SFF (small form-factor). I'm not sure if those are the only subcategories for desktops but it's all I can think of.
Again, I meant "desktop" in the sense of "consumer desktop." Apologies for the confusion. I thought at least here that everyone would know what I mean.
The Mac Pro is exclusively a high-end professional machine and has never been suggested as a "desktop" for a consumer. It's not in the same class, nor is it the same thing as that little plastic mini-tower that people have used for desktops in the past.
It's never suggested that the Mac Pro is deployed as a "desktop" option in business either. If you are outfitting an office, you don't give your secretaries a choice between an iMac and a Mac Pro. You just give the a choice between different types of iMacs or a Mac mini.
The Mac Pro is also never deployed (or only an idiot would deploy it thusly), as a "desktop" when outfitting something like a call centre either.
In short, anywhere you would deploy a PC mini-tower as a "desktop," you would not deploy a Mac Pro. So while "the boss" might flatter himself by buying a Mac Pro for his desktop, and while often the self-verified "important" people in an organisation might use it as a desktop, it's not really a "desktop" in the sense that the word is usually used.
It's maybe a "vanity desktop" in those situations.
The Art Department, the Media department, and the IT guys might use it as a "professional desktop," but that still doesn't make it at all the same thing as a PC, mini-tower, "desktop."