‘We Want a New Mac Pro’ petition nears 13,000 users

The “We Want a New Macpro [sic]” petition page at Facebook has surpassed 12,000 “likes,” closing in rapidly on 13,000 or nearly triple the 4,500 or so it had early Friday morning before the long Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S.

The open letter to Apple Inc reads as follows, verbatim:

Hello Apple. Remember me? I’m one of your loyal users. I’m one of the guys who has owned 2 MacPros [sic], a G5, a G4, 4 laptops, one iMac, 4 iPods, one MacMini [sic], 4 iPhones and a bevy of other peripherals and software packages over the last 10 years.

I’m looking for a little clarity.

Can you please let me and the other people on in this group know what is going on with the MacPro? Its been neglected for far too long. We realize all the success of the iPad and iPhone and we’re really happy with our new toys. But unfortunately many of us need to make decisions on hardware for professional uses that allow us to make a living.

We have no desire to go the Dark Side and buy a Windows machine. And while the Hackintosh community has made great strides its not a viable option for a professional environment. Unfortunately you haven’t left us much choice!! The professional software applications like CS6, AVID, Protools, Smoke and others require the most powerful hardware available. The ability to configure systems with specific hardware is essential for our businesses. The iMac is not the answer for these situations. (Not to mention that I already have 54 total inches of professional monitors sitting on my desk!!!)

We’ve held out as long as we can. Many of us will never get the hint that you’ve discontinued the MacPro lineup. So I am asking directly.
Can you please let us know what your plans are?
Is the MacPro officially dead?
Are you going to license OSX [sic] to another hardware manufacturer to build powerful desktops?
You have the best OS on the market. Please let us put it to good use!!!

We have waited patiently. We are only asking for a little insight. A timeframe would really go a long way in this relationship. Please, either set us free and tell us that the hardware is dead or give us a little peak behind the curtain. Its not too much to ask. We cannot wait any longer and its really not fair to string us along like this.

Sincerely
Lou Borella and the Creative Community

The page can be found via Facebook here.

Related articles:
Mac Pro user launches Facebook page to pressure Apple – May 24, 2012
If Apple wants them, new Mac Pro models now possible with Intel’s new Xeon E5 chips next week – March 1, 2012
RUMOR: Apple close to updating Mac Pro – February 14, 2012
Apple reportedly mulling the end of Mac Pro line – October 31, 2011

48 Comments

  1. …NEW MAC PRO

    With a 4K resolution screen so we can edit latest resolution movies.

    Need a proper computer so one can put cards in it — e.g. video capture, SDI, audio pro cards — don’t want them trailing externally with Thunderbolt cables across the desk, plugged into a consumer computer thank you.

    Also, swapping internal storage bays — don’t need a pile of external boxes.

    Plus, lots of CPU cores and fattest Nvidia GPU please (for CUDA).

    1. i had one of those from 2000 to 2009. It kept up with the Osx updates from beta to tiger and was upgraded to the hilt.
      Eventually I bought a Mac mini. Does everything the old machine did plus drive 2 screens (tv and 21 inch monitor) with wireless networking and keyboard / mouse.
      The difference in performance was startling. If you need to use an old Mac more than just for the basics then upgrading is worth it.
      Still 9 years was a lot of use for that old machine. She did well but eventually her time came to move on.

    2. That would be a PowerMac, not a MacPro.

      I, too, have one from 2000 that I still use for select purposes. It’s also my main OS 9 machine for the increasingly rarer times I want to access an OS 9-only application. I’ve got SCSI hard drives in it. Pretty reliable beast. Had hordes of external drives hooked up to it though.

    3. No such thing. An iteration of the PowerMac G4 was code-named sawtooth. They used Motorola processors. Apple changed the pro-desktop model name to Mac Pro after they switched to Intel.

  2. Would rather a mini tower Mac Pro that is extremely expandable.

    I would also vote yes to the petition – but since it on FB – i will not be participating.

    1. Good one. I’m sure that’s exactly what Apple is thinking. As if Apple is going to waste resources on a tiny handful of users when it can be building products that the majority of consumers use. That would be like building a 70’s gas-guzzling muscle-car when the world is going for fuel-efficient electric cars.

      There is no profit for Apple to be building some high-end workstation. That’s one market Apple can’t compete in unless they can somehow undercut all those Wintel beast desktops that can cluster a couple of graphics cards via SLI and be overclocked until they melt down. Apple is clearly out of its element and probably knows it. Those Mac Pros probably have minus profit margins and I’m sure that’s a no-no. Sorry, Apple pro users. You’re just not relevant to Apple anymore. Go away.

      1. Discontinuing its pro line of computers is not simply about profit. It is about reputation and supporting a core group of loyalists. Dropping this lets some Winblows manufacturer advertise something like their computers are “the only computers used by professionals around the world.” Once they milk that reputation, they’ll be able to tell consumers that their next computer should be made by the only company with computers that professionals everywhere use. Reputation damage. Marketing damage. Loyalty abuse.

        That then hurts profits in areas other than just the pro line. It would be wise for Apple to respond to this petition by upgrading their professional line.

          1. If you follow the logic that Apple should stop supporting the pro community because they sell millions more of other devices, the logical next step is stop selling all desktop Macs … “everyone uses laptops, right?”

            Then when Apple are selling millions of iPhones and iPads and iTVs, why bother with Macs at all … only a few users, won’t be missed.

      2. using the tired, old car analogy….is that why BMW, Mercedes etc all produce affordable cars in large production runs and have never made expensive and exclusive cars in small numbers? Think not.

  3. By whatever financial calculation, it would be a heroic gesture for Apple to satisfy this (likely oldest) user base. A win/win situation for Apple at no fiscal damage to them that would rise above business motives and have reverberations throughout their brand of A++++.

  4. I think Apple may also come out with a replacement for the Mac Pro. Will it be the next Mac Pro? Maybe. But it may be a smaller computer, with room for 2 rather than 4 drives, and cost less. How do I know this? I don’t, it’s just a guess.

    But since Apple hasn’t been selling tons and tons of Mac Pros, they may simply scale Few REALLY need a computer with 4 HD bays. Two would be fine. If you need more drives, just plug in some external drives or hook up to a network. And maybe they’ll rename it, maybe not. How about the Mac Pro II or the Mac iPro?

    Also, I think many more people are buying external HDs, and with Thunderbolt and USB 3, hooking up really fast, external HDs is SO much easier today. And why would anyone want external HDs? Well, they’re already doing it with the iMac. It makes it so much easier to get a NEW computer up to snuff: just load all your old files onto it using the external HD.

    I’ve got a small La Cie rack next to my iMac with six peripheral devices in or on it, and I hook up my iPhone, my iPod touch, and my iPod nano to some of those devices each evening. I couldn’t obtain the data transfer speeds from an external HD before Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is a game changer.

    So, a smaller tower computer may replace the Mac Pro with a smaller form factor, but even more capability than the current Mac Pro or any other Mac (or PC for that matter).

    1. …A TIDY WORKSPACE

      Maybe some people don’t like have cables trailing across desks and bundles of extra power cables behind desks, and racks of third party external drives.

      If I wanted an ugly set up I could buy a Windows PC, did aesthetics die along with Steve Jobs?

        1. …AN OPINION

          Someone who is fed up with iMac owners telling pro users they should suck it up and use a consumer device to do their work on, rather than a workstation (a truck as Steve Jobs once said in a metaphor).

          Why do the iMac guys keep telling us that we’re wrong, we don’t need workstations, we don’t need SDI cards or pro-audio cards or scientific instrument interfaces apparently, we don’t know what we need to do our work and earn our livings.

          1. My apologies. I did not read enough of the head comment you were responding to and thought you were bashing the proposed resuscitation of the MB Pro. I’m completely on your side–see my earlier comment above.

            1. …NO WORRIES

              Not a problem.

              But if the Mac Pro goes it’s because the Ops guys are in charge. As many other posters point out, it’s the strategic significance and intangibles that are important … not just the bottom line contribution. I hope Tim Cook sees that.

  5. In the dark days of the 90s when Apple’s market share percentage could be counted on one hand, creative professionals where the ones clinging to their Macs and trying ot keep the brand alive.

    Now 15+ later with Apple products everywhere and Windows sucking on fumes, giving the finger to the community of creative users who need hefty Mac Pros seems a little harsh, don’t you think. So what if the Pro doesn’t add billions to the bottom line, it is not exactly a loss leader either.

    Finally, I find the analogy of the Pro being like a 70s gas guzzler in the age of fuel efficient cars to be rather off-track. A better analogy is Toyota which builds millions and millons of cars for everyday users, while they also have a well-funded racing division. Their racing cars don’t make money for Toyota, instead they bring the company prestige.

    Having creative professional use Mac Pros brings prestige to Apple. The kind of prestige that isn’t generated by a million users on iMacs.

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