Originally Posted by BenRoethig
The problem comes if the professional base chooses those other vendors over Apple. Do you really what this platform to go from the choice of the best and brightest to platform of fads and cultists? I one for one would prefer the Mac be chosen for computing, not social reasons.
I'll tell you something, from having dealt with, and been part of that professional base.
They are not going to desert the Mac because of the lack of some cheaper consumer machines.
Despite the idea a few here are trying to push, the vast majority of the TRUE professional base buys professional machines.
There are some who would like to THINK they are part of the professional base, but are more amateurs making some on the side, or low end scrapers who aren't making enough to fork over an extra $500 for a machine.
Does that sound insulting? It isn't. It's truth.
We have a number of people in our user group here in NYC who are in that category. They barely make enough to get by, and usually have other jobs as well.
It's tough on them, but then, they really don't need new machines every time they come out. The weight issue is a non-issue.
What are people claiming to be doing with these machines that another pound will be so destructive to?
It surely can't be color graphics, because the pro machines have much better screens.
It can't be any heavy processing, because the pro machines beat the consumer machines there as well. Can't be 3D for the same reason.
So what's the story?
Is it really the coolness factor?
It can't be professional needs. I don't know of pros who lug equipment around who would argue against another pound, and another couple of inches in size.
If, then, it's non demanding work, what's the big deal? If it's money, they buy a pro machine that's been refurbished by Apple.