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Originally Posted by WorldExclusive View Post
The $2500 starting price without a monitor probably had something to do with it.
Dude. It is a workstation. Not a gaming console toy.

Once SB-E comes out they'll nix the Nehalem CPUs.
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post #32 of 221
Only read the first page but this thread feels like home.
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post #33 of 221
then a lot of media professionals will be switching to windows it looks like since they cant have their mac pro
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post #34 of 221
Hmm, while I generally dislike Apple and absolutely detest their pricing, this kinda sucks. There was a chance we'd get a Mac workstation or two at work since we may be doing iOS software development in the future. Hopefully their iMacs allow for extra screens being hooked up, programming on fewer than three screens is a pain.
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They may have been horrendously overpriced but that case is/was a thing of beauty I won't miss the actual computers, just those gorgeous cases.
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post #36 of 221
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This would mean Apple is abandoning the workstation market. Is this why Final Cut Pro X was so terrible?

Now will high end professionals have to settle with low end iMacs? It is probably cheaper to get a high end workstation from Dell, HP or other boutique.
All I read was the title and that's exactly what I was thinking...

I imagine they're shifting more toward general users and less toward a small/expensive demographic. I would think there's more money to be made from the average Joe than the 0.01% of the population that would consider buying a high-end mac pro. It makes sense. Plus, this talk of the apple TV stuff goes along with that--targeting the average consumer a bit more.
    
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post #37 of 221
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Eventually we're not going to have dedicated workstations. Instead, you'll have a moble device (something like and ultrabook) that you dock, allowing it access to faster processing power. Anyway, until that day, we'll need workstations and this move will piss off some old school apple users.
I dread those days so much. Apple is mostly likely right about the direction the market is heading, but that doesn't mean it's a good direction.

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Originally Posted by Culverin View Post
Unless they are bleeding money from it, I don't see a good reason to pull the plug. Even if they break even, it seems like being a market leader in this area makes it quite worth it to continue shaping the market.
Apple sees a good reason to: not making ridiculous piles of Benjamins. The workstation-for-serious-work-by-professionals segment doesn't pull in anywhere near the dosh that the shiny-ultra-thin-candy-hipster-toy segment does, so it gets axed.

I highly doubt the Mac Pro was bleeding money. It had probably the highest margins of any Mac model. $1,400 for 32GB of RAM. $100 for an additional "SuperDrive", just a rebranded Samsung 18x DVD, not even BluRay. $250 for an additional 5770 (which is now, like, $90 on NewEgg.)

Also, fun fact: the Mac Pro uses a seriously underpowered PSU, which is why the 3.33 GHz X5680 is only available in single socket configuration, and not dual.

As someone else said, people in the target segment of the Mac Pro aren't retarded, and actually pay attention to specs and price/performance. I'm willing to bet most of them turn up their noses at this thing.

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He is serious, and don't call him Shirley.

Sorry, i had to.
post #38 of 221
Does this mean they will finally open up OSX to work on a intel build and sell it for some insane price. I would build a new pc just for that.
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post #39 of 221
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Dude. It is a workstation. Not a gaming console toy.

Once SB-E comes out they'll nix the Nehalem CPUs.
Your point is moot, you can build a better WORKSTATION with 2500$ not to mention 6000$. Why wait for SB-E when you can just go SB unless your a mac tard fanboy who only cares about the shiny apple logo.
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What a blow to the prebuilt workstations market. If this turns out people looking for a prebuilt workstation will have to settle for some stupid overpriced Dell or a HP which frankly just sucks. The Mac Pros are certainly the best prebuilt workstations you can buy.
Not sure if serious.

You're calling the Dells and HPs overpriced? In comparison with a Mac?

Both Dells and HPs are good quality, the studio I work in has had over 200 Dells in the last 5 years, and now about 100 HPs. Number of hardware failures can be counted on two hands, that's only 1-2%, and most were covered by a warranty. We've also had about 30 Macs, and they seem to be about the same quality.
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