It was sometime late last week that it was said that the pricing information for the newest Intel “Sandy Bridge E Xeon” CPU’s that were coming to the surface, and Apple’s options for the “Early 2012″ Mac Pro’s have started to not show up. The Mac Pro hasn’t been refreshed since it was refreshed in last middle 2010, and with the delays of the new chips from Intel, they have pushed their own availability out from last year to sometime early next year.
Although the new CPU’s from intel are now in sight, it is said by AppleInsider that reports of Apple “deciding” or “questioning” the future of the Mac Pro line, with the wonder if it will even release newer models when Intel’s chips are updated.
Although the Mac maker has reportedly developed a revision to the existing Mac Pro that may or may not see the light of day, people familiar with the matter said management as far back as May of 2011 were in limbo over whether to pour any additional resources into the product line.
According to these people, the consensus among sales executives for the Cupertino-based company was that the Mac Pro’s days — at least in its current form — were inevitably numbered. In particular, internal discussions were said to focus around the fact that sales of the high-end workstations to both consumers and enterprises have dropped off so considerably that the Mac Pro is no longer a particularly profitable operation for Apple.
The source shows that Intel’s newer Thunderbolt connectivity standards could make it’s way over all of Apple’s Mac products
The source’s report shows that with Intel’s newest Thunderbolt connection standard about to make it’s way over all of Apple’s Mac products, these new products have now, the enhanced options to assume some of their tasks at hand have always been handled by the Mac Pro in the past. With a combination of the shift towards notebooks that has the desktop share of Apple’s Mac business fall from a whopping 70% ever since ten years ago, to under 30% today, the rapid increase in the power of Apple’s other Macintosh’s, results in the Mac Pro only being a very small portion of the lineup of Apple’s lineup of Mac’s.
This report speculates that Apple could create much higher-end models of the iMac or Mac Mini to make buyers looking at them actually look at the Mac Pro as an more viable option for their purchase instead, with it being upgradable and all. The form factors of these machines are, unable to match up with the Mac Pro’s other features of course, with Apple having their Thunderbolt this could serve as a reason to move the Mac Pro for it’s expandability compared to the other Mac’s available.
I personally owned a Mac Pro before, and it was a heck of alot faster than any other Mac I’ve used, even with just 2GB’s of RAM. It would be said to see them drop it out of the picture though. What Apple needs to do is to make a more upgradable desktop like the Mac Pro but cheaper, or maybe just a extremely lower end Mac Pro for around $1500, instead of the minimum or base model of the Mac Pro being around $2500. All I need is the slowest Mac Pro available, with 4GB’s of ram, that’s it, it’s all the speed I need. But THATS JUST ME FOLKS.