Weekly Poll: Is the Mac Pro Doomed?

AppleInsider recent published an interesting article that doesn’t bode well for Mac Pro fans. Supposedly, diminishing sales of the Mac Pro have led to considerable discussions at Apple over whether or not it will be profitable to continue the line further.

Though there will always be users who need more processing muscle than your average Mac owner, iMacs have become such powerful machines that many users are more than happy forgoing the Mac Pro’s high price tag when shopping for a workstation. It’s not a giant leap of logic to see the Mac Pro today as the Xserve of yesterday. The question is, will it reach a similar fate?

Vote in the poll and let us know what you think will happen to the Mac Pro. Is this overhyped doom and gloom? Is the Mac Pro here to stay? Or will it disappear, perhaps in favor of an even more powerful iMac? Let us know what you think and leave a comment below telling us why!


  • foljs

    The main reason for using the Mac Pro was not the power (a recent maxed iMac is as powerful as a Pro), it was the upgradeability and connectivity to various peripherals.

    With Thunderbolt that can be achieved even by the lowly Macbook Air.

  • http://www.brianbatesd.com Brian

    I can’t see audio, video and music studio professionals being very happy switching to a Windows system to run Pro Tools, Logic, etc. Big brain sound cards and video editing systems need the PCI slots the Mac Pro has to offer.

  • David

    A new form factor that is rack-mountable and still reasonably upgradable would make the Mac Pro and Xserve customers happy, and potentially increase the target market by bringing back the server customers into the gold. Win-win!

  • hyottoko

    It seems like a direction apple might take, seeing what they did with the new final cut. Making apple less and less appealing for professionals.

    • http://luisaraujo.com shame

      its a shame.. it seems theres more money in taking over the consumer market.. and they are putting in less effort(money) for the pro products.

  • Dave H.

    There is nothing wrong with the new Final Cut Pro. Many level-minded pros have already been acknowledging that it’s not bad as naysayers say. It’s actually Apple’s strength to push things forward even at the expense of legacy technologies. It won’t make everyone happy of course and there will always be strong negativity of such move, yet it’s often a necessary step.

    Besides, nobody has actually confirmed that Apple was dropping Mac Pro line. It’s all speculation.

    That said, Thunderbolt and other modern connectivity options will make Mac Pro less and less relevant, if not completely irrelevant, as one of the previous poster says. It’s just like truck vs. car. Truck will always be around and it will be necessary but it will never be the majority of the market.

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  • Jeff

    I don’t see why they can’t offer a cheaper mac pro. I can build a Hackintosh for $800 that’s a fast a the low to mid level mac pro. I’ve built 3 so far, and I’m not going to stop. It can’t touch the top of the line 5k version, but still is fine for most pro users. Give me a $1,500 headless iMac core i7 with room for 4 drives and I’m sold.

    • dnguyen

      hear, hear!

  • Hector

    No one really takes Apple seriously when it comes to actual work. The MacPro is just a pseudo-High end machine that no one inside Apple’s costumer base could find a use for. All those audio professionals and video editors KNOW Apple just doesn’t care for them anymore. Their new line of creative tools like Logic, Aperture and Final Cut just further proves my point. Not to mention the better options like Maschine, Live or Reason for audio or Nuke, After Effects and Vegas for video are far superior on their Windows counterparts (or not even available for the OS X platform). Sorry to break it out for you guys. But as I said, Apple forgot about [US] since it went Intel.

  • Matt B

    I have owned both a Macbook Pro and an Air and I can say that the Macbook Pro has lasted longer because I can upgrade components like the hard drive and memory. That’s why my next purchase will be a Macbook Pro instead of an Air.

  • http://mactua.net MathiasB

    I think that a lot of people need the Mac Pro. PCI can be replaced by Thunderbolt, but there are still some things Thunderbolt doesn’t support. And the speed of PCI is much more faster than Thunderbolt.

    How’d you fit 4 hard drives into an iMac? What about the glossy screen on the iMac?
    Toslink, dual superdrive, …

  • Ed

    The MacPro is going away. I think based on their recent choices, they are going away from pro equipment. They killed, the XServe, XServe Raid, Final Cut Server, and Final Cut. They just need to stop dragging their feet and just be the consumer electronics company they want to be.

    I just built a 4.3GHz Quad Sandy Bridge, with 16GB of RAM for a sliver of what it would of cost to buy a MacPro with an old processor. I mean the case is nice, but it’s not worth several grand.

    Make the OS easier to use when building a machine and grow the hackintosh community!

  • http://www.mk3y.com Mike Key

    The Mac Pro used to be a decent high end machine. It’s not that Apple is moving away from Pro users, it’s more that Apple can no longer make that line profitable.

    Buyers for the Mac Pro just aren’t there anymore and let’s face it, price wise you can do a lot more with PC hardware, bang for buck folks.

    I also personally think the other factor some folks are over looking is that many of the things you used to need a big system like the Pro for, you no longer need the same power.

    I know plenty of photography and design buddies doing work with MacBook Air’s and MacBook Pro’s in the field without and problems. Some never going back to the desktop. They come home, and plug into network storage and they’ve got all the expandability they need.

    Thunderbolt I think is going to change things as well. That PCI card used to be appealing on the Mac Pro, but now…. well…..

  • Jay

    The only reason Mac Pros aren’t selling is because of its ridiculous price.

  • http://www.pcweenies.com Krishna

    If the Mac Pro goes away, what are serious professionals going to use for content creation?

    An iMac with its glossy (refractive) screen? No thanks.

    I think the Mac Pro will be around, probably in a new form factor (smaller, faster, better.)

    • noko

      Serious professionals don’t use Macs

      • Adam Micevski

        Are you a “serious professional”? If so, why are you reading this blog?

  • halcyo

    Idiotic. In the pro audio world you are nearly crazy to trust your sessions to anything other than OS X. And the Mac Pro is the only machine with the horsepower and storage to process huge effects plugins, sample libraries, and softsynths en masse…

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