All these people who think Apple has given up on pros need to get a clue. Apple is preparing to launch the next big thing. Whether it happens at this next Keynote is not important. It will happen this year and probably soon. All the clues point to one thing - and I am not just talking about an iWatch.
Apple has the money and the tech resources to design the future and that is what they have done. That is why the Mac Pro has limped along. It is not that Apple no longer cares about power users. They are leap-frogging the competition. They have been focusing on the next generation of professional computers. Just as Jobs introduced the Mac, the NeXt Cube, the iMac - I see a new generation of computer being introduced as Steve's last great computer.
This computer will probably have a 4K display with enough graphics power to run Red video in real time. It will run new powerful versions of Final Cut, Logic Pro, and Aperture. (I sure wish they would also do something like Pixelmator/Vectormator and a version of iWeb Pro. I can only hope.) It will be for content creators not for consumers. It will redefine the standard of what a pro computer is.
The CPU will actually have a Xeon Phi coprocessor card or GPU coprocessors for all the media creation work. This ties in to Grand Central Station and Xgrid. Logic, Aperture, and Final Cut will all take advantage of this. It will be ten times faster that current computers.
The computer will probably have a huge flash drive, no spinning drives of any kind and a next generation TB or something like that far beyond what we currently know about. It will use Lightning instead of USB and not use FW. Maybe we will see removable flash drives of some kind.
The other big thing will be OS Xi. iOS and OS X will merge and continue on in the iDevices. OS Xi will be for pro desktops. I'd really like to see OpenDoc make its comeback here and all the OS moved to a metadata based system. What better system to introduce it on than the next generation computer.
Of course it should all be in the form of a cube, brushed aluminum, a lot like the old NeXt cube. It will run silent and cool. I really wish it would be in a form that can be rack mounted, but it would not have the same emotional impact. Maybe in the future.
When it is introduced, it will say hello to the audience in Steve Job's voice. It will feature an updated version of Siri so you can talk to it and control it.
It will be everything Steve Jobs ever worked on rolled into one.
When everybody sees it they will get it immediately. Cook and Ives will be smiling as they help honor Steve one last time. The tech world will be in a buzz. It will be the top news all over the world.
Edited by visionary - 6/5/13 at 9:04pm