Originally Posted by v5v
How else would you have one view one's own business? I'd cut you some slack on that one as you're not self-employed, but really it's just common sense. One by nature of the process quite obviously looks inward when evaluating what is needed to grown one's business and make money.
Unless you have a pretty trivial business it is almost impossible to buy exactly what you need to get the advantage you want. It isn't uncommon where I work to buy the closest fit tooling wise and them modify it to do the job you want the way you want.
I see. So Ford makes only one version of it's overwhelmingly successful workhouse, the F150, is that right? They don't offer versions with heavy transmissions for those who wish to tow things and a lighter version for those who carry less and value fuel economy? Versions that are close to the ground for easy loading and highway efficiency and versions that are raised up for ground clearance on unpaved work sites?
Apple will most likely offer variations of this Mac Pro, the "up to" phrases in the online documentation pretty much assure that. What Ford doesn't do for its customers is offer highly tailored models of their pickups for specific usages. That they leave to specialist in the market that change a good penny for their additions to the platform.
Seriously? Mass production can't handle variation? I'd say you're very clearly mistaken.
Not the variation commonly being asked for with respect to the Mac Pro.
Jeepers Wiz, did your wife run off with an artist or something? Your overt hostility towards anyone who isn't thoroughly satisfied with anything Apple makes is puzzling.
The hostility is directed at people whome have this expectation that Apple must serve their specific needs no matter what. There are many things about Apple and their product line ups that frustrate and at times piss me off but I don't go around suggesting that Apple make a specific variant just for me. Even when it comes to the XMac it is more about a product that would be attractive to a significant number of customers.
I think this may be a sign that the potential for useful dialog may be diminishing, but suffice to say that a resounding "F*ck you!" to your customer base is not the way to grow profits.
The ability for useful dialog went out the door when people started complaining about the new Mac Pros impact on their workflow. It isn't that new technology doesn't impact workflow, it will, just that it is your responsibility to adapt to the change and not make a big scene about it.
Technology changes and sometimes you have to change with it. I can remember back to the time when dot matrix printers started to become hard to get. One person I knew was fretting about his loss of the ability to print two part forms. He was more resistant to workflow changes even if those changes might lead to actual improvements in workflow. I'm seeing the same mentality here and frankly it is at best regressive.
Apple hasn't given its customers a FU, but rather an opportunity to move forward.
There is obviously a LOT of ground between "You'll take what we give you and LIKE it!" and "custom tailored for each and every customer." The world of production allows for ample shades of grey, not just black or white.
Apple absolutely CAN provide options without adversely affecting profit.
Apple is effectively giving people more options with this Mac Pro than in their previous machines. That people don't see this contimpnues to amaze me.
But we're not talking about a product in the Air's category. We're talking about the top-of-the-line workstation. It faces a MUCH wider palette of usage models and sells to a market that is much less price sensitive. There's much more latitude with a Pro than with an Air, AND assuming a one-size-fits-all stance in that market is suicide.
This one size fits all view of the new Mac Pro is just asinine. This new Mac Pro is highly configurable, more so than its previous machine. Rather it is a machine that is adaptable to a wider array of users than ever before.
Nonsense. All they have to do is provide the expensive feature as an option and charge appropriately for it. It's not even difficult, much less impossible. Besides, the demographic that buys the Mac Pro is hardly 99/1. Probably more like 50/50.
This is exactly what the new Mac Pro allows them to do. Expansion is an option handled by external devices. As for the internal machine I expect that it will be available in multiple configurations, most likely Apples normal good, better and best lineup. The variations here will be in CPU and GPU configurations.
As to people using internal expansion on the Mac Pro I highly doubt it gets anywhere near 50/50 even including installing a disk array. Remove disk arrays from consideration and you will come awfully close to the 99/1 ratio. Again there is a bias in these forums that seem to indicate that the only real users of the Mac Pro are those in the audio visual fields. That simply isn't true. Even within that field though not everybody has gone with massive amounts of internal hardware.
Your primary battle cry, aside from insulting anyone who doesn't worship at the Apple product table, seems to be profitability, so let me ask you this:
The goal isn't to insult people but rather to get them to look outside of their habitual behaviors and at least look at the new Mac Pro with fresh eyes.
If Apple continues to restrict the hardware environment so tightly that it's just not a good choice for many users, how will THAT affect profitability? Is it better to sell 100,000 units with half being BTO, or sell only 50,000?
The hardware environment isn't restricted if anything it is more open. Continuously repeating this theme doesn't make it true. This new Mac Pro is a significant step forward, not backward as you imply. As far as profitability goes it is pretty obvious that the old machine wasn't cutting the mustard in that respect.
Will this machine do better? Hard to say at this point when costs aren't even know. I will say this though, this new machine has a far greater chance at success than the previous model.
People in different situations have differing needs. Even t-shirts come in more than one size.
This is certainly true and it is exactly what the new Mac Pro accels at. When it ships I doubt there will be a better machine on the market for meeting a wide array of user needs.