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Chris Kenny
Re: John Siracusa perspective on Mac Pro Successor
on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:04:03 am

I think the really big flaw with Siracusa's analysis here is that he's analogizing the Mac Pro to a sports car. This is all wrong in the context of the current computer industry. Sports cars are sexy, prestigious, appealing even to people for whom the expense would be irrational. Back when the average consumer used a low-end or mid-range tower, a high end tower might have been all of those things. But the average consumer now uses a laptop — a 40 pound tower is irrelevant. The 'prestige' sports car in Apple's current lineup is the 15" Retina MacBook Pro.

The Mac Pro is more analogous to a truck — an actual truck, not a 'luxury' pickup truck or SUV or whatever. It's a business tool purchased by people with specific requirements that mainstream users don't have. It's possible there's some halo effect with, perhaps, pro users being more likely to buy Apple notebooks as personal systems if they can do their high-end work on a machine running the same OS. But in general, it's very unlikely that the vast majority of average current or potential Apple customers notice or care what's going on with the Mac Pro.

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