Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost
There's a Mac called the iMac which fits between the Mini and the Pro; Apple have been selling it for a few years, now.
Did you miss the part about "Upgradeable GPU" PCIe slot?
Even when Apple uses a desktop CPU part, they still use a Laptop GPU. Do you see how much space is just heatsink?
There are literately three and a half tiers of computers that need to exist:
1. Server/Workstation, which defining feature is ECC memory and replaceable PCIe parts and RAM
2. Desktop, defining feature is that it can be replaced every 7 years or upgraded every 2 years with a new video card and/or cpu + RAM.
3. Laptops, which are meant to last 7 years, but not be upgraded beyond RAM.
3.5 Tablet/UltraBook, which are meant to last 3 years and be thrown out when their batteries quit holding a charge. Entire point being battery life at the expense of everything else.
None of these replace each other. Apple doesn't offer the first two, rather all Apple offers are laptop class parts. The iPad included. The Mac Pro is really more of a "MacMini portable Workstation"
The performance gap between the iPad and the MacBook Air is not really that large for the price. http://www.gizmag.com/ipad-air-vs-macbook-air-2014/31940/
, so when people start suggesting Apple is going to put their own ARM parts in MacBooks, I still shake my head and laugh. This would be counterproductive since Intel still has at least one more die shrink up their sleeve. Until there is a point where Apple can produce a A series chip at the same die size, Apple has no reason to even consider it.
The PowerPC vs x86 problem was one of those things where the entire computer industry didn't see where the puck was going. Everyone kept yelling that the x86 ISA was dead, time to find something else. Once everyone hit 3Ghz it was like "oh dude, we can't keep going higher without burning holes in the motherboard." That's when Intel woke up and started building multi-core parts... which is the same time Apple switched over (Jan 2006, same with the Core Solo/Core Duo parts.)
Where everyone is going to get burned in the next 5 years is the SSD's produced this year on TLC processes will burn out. Die shrinks for NAND flash actually result in shorter life spans. So factor this into the MacMini, Mac Pro and Macbook Pro designs. Most of the current MacMini is the space for the hard drive. Remove that with a SSD and the MacMini could be half as tall. Or they could re-style it like the Mac Pro and it would be the size of a coffee mug.