Who’s got the Mac you want? Sure, you may not be able to afford the $12,000 Mac Pro. Sure, you may prefer a MacBook Air. Sure, a Mac mini is affordable.
The reality for most of us who follow Apple and use our Macs for more than browsing and email, have one thing in common. We lust after the Mac Pro. Who wouldn’t like to ride in the Tesla Roadster of personal computers?
So, what’s the problem? Apple changed what it means to be a ‘Pro’ Mac.
Until the new Mac Pro was announced, Apple’s professional Mac line was, well, affordable. I’ve owned three Mac Pro models since they launched earlier in the century. Why so many? I. Like. Power.
Also, I like affordable power, and as much as I would love the new Mac Pro, it is not exactly affordable in the same way as the previous Mac Pro with a starting price under $3,000.
In the past, the term Pro simply meant more. More features. More configurations. More money, of course. The new iMac Pro and Mac Pro changed that.
‘Pro’ models these days mean more; much more, far more, crazy-assed more expensive than previous Mac Pro models. Those of us who owned Mac Pro models from the past have been forced to settle because Pro now means something different than it did.
The entry-level iMac Pro starts at $4,999 but isn’t a pro in the previous sense– it’s not a machine that is easily or routinely upgraded (not easily) the way the original cheese grater Mac Pro was. Likewise, the cylinder can, trash can Mac Pro could not be upgraded, either (not easily).
Apple has skipped an entire group of Mac customers by moving the Mac Pro into its own category and castrating the rest of so-called Mac ‘Pro’ models– iMac Pro and new MacBook Pro.
The cheesegrater Mac Pro of yesteryear was an old fashioned, ancestral version of the new model; easily upgradeable, powerful, but also affordable.
Sorry, but the new economy has left behind because the Mac Pro circa this year is an awesome beast with an even more awesome price tag. Apple upgraded the Mac Pro into a category beyond the Pro line we knew in years past.