Originally Posted by silverpraxis
And I'm extremely tired of people complaining about Apple targeting consumers instead of professionals. If I was looking to be successful and make a ton of cash, I'd target the broadest market available, general consumers. The moms and pops and tweens that edit and post photos/videos with as little hassle as possible, that surf the web, that write school essays, and do home finances. Apple seemingly has found a way to target Toyota's market with Mercedes' profit margins. So they're a little low-end for the neediest professionals and gamers, so they're a little high-end for casual users, I still think they hit the mark.
You're entitled to that right but look at a company such as digidesign. They bought MAUDIO as they were losing millions to home recording, now they have MAUDIO (Consumer) and their HD systems, PRO users. But Apple completely abandoned the PRO, not really the fan, but the PRO. In fact when they came out with Logic, for the first year, DIGI released only a WINDOWS version of HD - which by the way, windows is used more in the #1 school for editing now, even with FCP, as I was shown, at the school, how cheap yet effective the newer DELL SERVERS scale and how powerful they can be compared to MAC. I was shocked to learn this. The school is Media Symphony in Burbank.
10 years ago, Pro Tools studios and Avid (the mother of Digi) were #1 around the world.
Today, Pro Tools is still #1 in the studios but are very few compared to years ago, many have closed their doors and some studio owners are working retail for music hardware retail stores. Avid is being replaced by FCP or Vegas for video. For PC, many are using NUENDO and of course the markets that used to be huge with pro tools LE (consumer) has been replaced by Apogee , Apple or Mackie/Apogee and PC's as the consumer can do much more than just 10 years ago. Digi realizing the semi PRO wanted certain things, they released Pro Tools 8 just a few weeks ago which gave the user 7.1 access, something they have been asking for for years and Digi listened.
Apple on the other hand has turned a deaf ear to the Pro market, the people who stuck by them through the 1990's, a time where Apple almost went away yet how are they rewarded? Well once Apple had the success of the iPhone, Apple focuses all their efforts on the consumer.
Add to that the Macbook could be used for MOTION/FINAL CUT (earlier Macbooks) even though OPeN GL was slow, Apple went out of their way to release a newer GMA that effected only those using PRO APPS and made it impossible to use the PRO APPS. The first benchmarks were 171%, it dropped to 70%, again affecting only the PRO APPS - as the consumer couldn't play games on the machine anyway. Is that the right way to reward PRO USERS that have been with them for years? To go out of their way to make sure they can't have a back up machine that's cheap to use and cripple the macbook? Then Apple releases a newer Macbook with a great GPU = great gaming which would have meant great PRO APP use, so what does Apple do? They take firewire away. So no video cameras. Only this time, not only does it affect PRO USERS who wanted a cheaper back up machine, but it also affected those that used TARGET disc mode, thousands and thousands of musicians (as most semi pro high end audio uses firewire 400), and many mom and pop users that have fire wire video camcorder's, ALL DUE To APPLE AFRAID THAT THE NEW MACBOOK WITH STELLAR GRAPhicS (GPU) WOULD MEAN THE PRO could USe it... again, Apple going out of their way.
It's one thing to say that Apple this, Apple that, but when you see the truth, you see not only has APPLE abandoned the PRO user, they go OUT OF THEIR WAY to SMACK DOWN their use on any CHEAP SOLUTION instead of rewarding them for sticking with them through thick and thin -
Apple will release the products we all want once Jobs steps down, you watch and see - Apple will double in market share when this happens. Until then, Jobs makes sure that the PRO always has to spend almost double the $$$$ simply to do one extra thing.