Apple should be offering a base model of the Mac Pro for $2999 and a 27" 5K display for $999.
Apple knows who its customers are, and what they doOnly Apple, for instance, knows how many Mac users ever upgrade their machines. We hear the clamor for modular, upgradeable Macs, but Apple actually knows how many users ever do anything with the facility.
As much as I would love some sort of desktop mac that features the i9 Processor, has 8 standard ram slots, two M2 SSD slots, 4 sata slots and 3 or 4 PCI slots, I just don't think Apple will ever go there again. It's kind of a lose/lose situation for them. Either it would be a machine that would equal a generic PC in a certain price segment, say around 2000, but it would cost at least 3500, meaning everyone and their moms would bitch about the "Apple Tax" or they would sell it for close to 2000, have horrible margins (just like the rest of the PC industry), while cannibalising a lot of iMac 5K sales. With the new Mac Pro, at least when compared to a hypothetical PC build with similar class components, they aren't THAT much more expensive, and they also have a bunch of unique features that you can't currently get elsewhere. With the iMac Pro, it's the same thing, there are no standard all in one PC's to compare it to. And the iMac 5K is actually quite good value for the money considering the screen you're getting with it and how nice it looks. I just don't see a way that they could make the xMac, have it be unique enough to not get stuck in a bad looking comparison to PC builds AND have healthy margins. But I hope I'm wrong. In the meantime, I'm all good with my Hackintosh, until a few years from now when all newer Macs have the T2 (or T3, 4, 5 by then) and the latest version of MacOS is completely locked down.
While I’m not saying the current Mac mini doesn’t have some (minor) limitations, the fact that it has TB3 allows you to add eGPUs — though that’s not said to be very important in the nature of this mythical xMac — and virtually unlimited storage expansion at 40GB a second, along with other more specialized external options. Yes it’s not internal, but at that speed does that really matter?
I have a Classic Mac Pro tower and I love the ability to put in more RAM, hard drives, SSDs, graphic cards, USB cards etc, etc.Guess how much of the upgrades I get from Apple?An xMac may make a lot of sense for some, but I dare say not for Apple!
The $2K I'd save over an entry-level Mac Pro would go on the new Sony 200-600mm G lens