Future of Mac Pro
There is no question the iPhone and iPad products are great. But these are great for personal computing and content consumption. Laptops and iMacs are also great as desktop versions of personal computing and concept consumption. Apple is hitting on all cylinders in these categories.
The question is what is the future of the Mac Pro. The big deal about the Mac Pro is that it is really overkill and not the best tool for a personal computer and content consumption. Where it really shines is content creation - Audio, Video, Photo. I am sure there are a few other things too, but the point is that these apps can all benefit from massively parallel processing. Even the current Mac Pros are not nearly powerful enough for what we wish to do. I think Apple should get rid of the Mac Pro as we know it and design a computer, OS, and software to take advantage of this "need for more speed."
I think Apple should replace the "PC" personal computer Mac Pro with a "MC" Media Computer Mac Pro, or something to that effect. Think something like 1,000s of processors or cores. For example, I wonder what 150 A6 chips could do for my last Logic music project. I used 150 audio tracks, many of them stereo and with effects. While my 8 core Mac Pro handled it all just fine, I am sure 150 A6 chips could also. The code to take advantage of the 150 processors should not be that hard to write. Music is a straight forward parallel process. Same for video and for photo.
Apple has been dancing around the edges with Xgrid and other Core libraries like the one that is suppose to tap into the GPU for parallel processing. Why not go the whole way and develop a computer, OS, and software to maximize this? Most people who run Mac Pros for music recording studios or video post houses dedicate their machine to one task. These people really do not need any personal computing software.
The same goes for servers. Servers are really a classic parallel problem and they really do not need personal software. So a massively parallel Mac Pro has huge potential. The question is, is this what Apple is doing?
Apple has discontinued XServe and Raid. Apple has lowered their OS Server to almost nothing. Apple has not updated their Mac Pro line in a long time. Apple also has geared Final Cut for a more amateur appeal. Logic has not been updated lately. Aperture is also a lot more amateurish. The software is still top of the line, but only compared to the old way of doing things. Many people think something is up with the pro side of things.
Many people think Apple may abandon the pros because they cannot make much money with the Mac Pro. But they can also change the game and introduce a whole new paradigm. Until that is ready, they can limp the current OS and software along. Go ahead and let iOS be the new consumer OS but let OS X grow up into the new pro OS with massive parallel support.
I do not have any inside info from Apple but I, like many other people, can see something is happening at Apple. Apple has the potential to change the game for pro users in a big way. If a new Pro Mac is 100 times more powerful, then I'd gladly pay $10,000 or even $20,000 per machine. It would be worth it for me. No waiting for renders for multicam 4K 3D video, a 300 track audio project with 1,000 plug ins at 192 kH, instant feedback on photo effects and filters - Apple can go there. Many of us would gladly buy these machines. Forget Avid, Pro Tools, and Adobe.
Is something like this what Apple has up it's sleeve come 2013? If it did, what would all you pros out there think of this?