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Andrew Kimery
Re: Smaller Mac Pro
on Dec 23, 2019 at 10:13:56 pm

[Oliver Peters] "I'm not so sure about that, considering that you still have to add a display to the Mac Pro. Plus many people will opt for the simplicity and lower power demands of the iMac Pro. I think there will continue to be room for both. If anything, there might not be a need for a high-end iMac. Or maybe the high-end iMac and iMac Pro get merged in the product line."

The iMac Pro always felt like a stop-gap solution to me. If Apple could've had the Mac Pro ready in 2017 I don't think there ever would've been an iMac Pro.

I know people also say, "It comes with a monitor" but not everyone needs a new monitor or necessarily wants the built-in monitor as opposed a 3rd party option. That's been a common gripe in the lineup for as long as I can remember (people wanting a mid-sized tower that was basically a headless iMac). If the entry level Mac Pro was $4500-$5000 I think that it would cannibalize the iMac Pro sales to the point that, at best, Apple would have two 'meh' selling products that were too close to each other in terms of price and performance.

Moving the iMac Pro down to become the new high-end iMac would be more in line with the product matrix Apple has had for the ~25yrs. A maxed out iMac would usually be close to the price of an entry level MP, but now that price point has been filled by the iMac Pro.

[Oliver Peters] "OTOH, Apple can't seem to figure out how to properly position the iPad Pro vs MacBook (now gone) vs MacBook Air vs 13" MacBook Pro."

Yeah, their mobile product matrix is a mess.

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