Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results

“The Architosh Professional Workstation Survey study commenced in the fall of 2014, collecting survey data until the end of the year and conducting specific interviews with survey participants,” Anthony Frausto-Robledo reports for Architosh. “The goals of the survey center on understanding how well Apple’s Mac desktop computers (principally the iMac and Mac Pros) meet the needs of pro users in various CAD and 3D industries, from Architecture to Science and Medicine.”

“Apple needs to engineer a dual-CPU option for the Mac Pro. The evidence is clear in our data, Mac professionals, particularly in the 3D/VFX and Film industries, desire and need systems with 24 to 32 or more cores,” Frausto-Robledo reports. “You cannot build systems to compete with Windows workstation makers if you don’t put in dual CPU capabilities… Nearly 50 percent wish or need 24 cores or more in their next Mac pro desktop.”

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9 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, Apple is not going to the very high-end professional market. This still is left to the likes of HP and Dell, who manufacture configurable and highly scalable server farms.

    Mac Pro only targets low-to-middle level performance for professionals — this covers by far most of usual scenarios, but obviously not all of them.

  2. I agree with this article. Seems to me Apple has just taken the minimalism stuff a bit too far. I’m for slimming down, but at our work, we still must have some things Apple has eliminated lately on Macs.

  3. Apple said Fuck You to the Pro market years ago, abandoning resources to chaste consumer markets. Look at Final Cut, Logic Aperture, X Serve, OS X Server, the Mac Pro (real vs Mac mini Pro). Look at the lack of a Mac tower that can easily be upgraded or expanded internally- few want the cable mess the Black Trashcan HTPC imposes.

    My Mac Pro needs to be replaced and I am seriously looking at a Hackintosh because Jony cares more for his toy watch than a proper tower that can be customized, maintained and upgraded.

  4. Yep. This is why an entertainment vfx graphics industry type like me who loves Macs is considering the previously unthinkable – an HP Z840 workstation. I have a little while longer until WWDC to make a decision (and see if the Mac Pro gets an upgrade) but you gotta do what you gotta do. As much as I might dislike it. Makes me sad too.

  5. Funny, when but for years when I pointed out the fact that Apple is doing a shitty job listening to its Mac power users, I was attacked. Thankfully even in Apple worshipping sites, the truth cannot be ignored forever.

    Apple needs to reinvigorate the Mac platform with MUCH better user options and MUCH better software that takes the user needs into account instead of continuing to push Ive’s wrong-headed minimalism to the extreme.

  6. Apple should not just look at numbers when it come to this model.
    It should be considered an iconic product showing iof their technological prowess!
    It should be better anything out there as a Oto machine !
    It is not an issue of dolloars and cents..
    Its an issue of iconic image !
    Shocking dual processors are not there already !

  7. Sounds to me like pro Apple users have some needs that Apple just isn’t filling.

    The conclusions include some damning insights on Apple’s recent consumer-centric turns:

    1) “Apple needs to address range span weaknesses by targeting the iMac line that is used by many professionals, particularly in the Architecture, Engineering and Science & Medicine markets.”

    I would add that Apple almost completely missed the mark the most recent iterations of both the Mac Pro and Mac mini models.

    2) “Apple needs to engineer a dual-CPU option for the Mac Pro. The evidence is clear in our data, Mac professionals, particularly in the 3D/VFX and Film industries, desire and need systems with 24 to 32 or more cores. You cannot build systems to compete with Windows workstation makers if you don’t put in dual CPU capabilities.”

    This was clear from the moment the Mac Pro can was revealed: no room for internal expansion meant that its performance would quickly be eclipsed by other computer makers. Apple allowed itself to be limited by styling rather than delivering the internal expansion that users and Apple itself needs to compete on performance.

    3) “The iMac computer line is increasingly seen as the most cost effective for the bulk of staff in the Architecture industry.”

    This is only true for those users who can accept the limitations of an all-in-one, which remains a relatively small fraction of creative industries that rely on the utmost in CPU and GPU performance.

    4) “Multi-monitors seem to be increasingly important. Apple should do more research in this area and begin producing more Cinema Displays at more reasonable cost points. A display that matches the look and size of the iMac would allow the vast number of architects who want to work with 2 displays to have an ideal setup.”

    Absolutely!!!!!! Many of us have been saying this for 5 years now.

    5) “Apple should develop the ability for the GPU on the Mac Pro to be upgraded.”

    Nope, I think Apple needs to release an all-new Mac Pro and a Mac Server. Keep offering the existing Mac Pro as the “Mac Pro Mini”. There is definitely room for growth there.

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