Who’s going to buy a Mac Pro now?

“Apple has issued a mea culpa over the Mac Pro, telling a number of publications that it’s ‘sorry’ there was a ‘pause in upgrades and updates’ for the device — introduced in 2013 and stagnant ever since,” James Vincent writes for The Verge.

“The company says a new Mac Pro with an all-new design is coming, but in the meantime, it’s switched up pricing and components of existing models to give customers a slightly better deal,” Vincent writes. “All Apple has done is drop the old high-end models into lower price brackets, and at the end of the day, this is still three-year-old hardware.”

Vincent writes, “Plus, it’s difficult to say who will be tempted to buy the Pro, especially with new models coming [after the end of 2017, presumably sometime in 2018].”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Who’s going to buy a Mac Pro now? Anyone for whom the current Mac Pro makes sense and/or those interested in design and/or collectible Macs (however dead end they may be).

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  1. I’m not buying a trashcan Apple! Even with slightly newer, but already obsolete, components.

    Go back to the prior Mac Pro design and update it with the latest components.

    1. You can’t buy the higher tier model even if you did want to buy one. I just went to the site and the higher tier is “Currently unavailable”. It does not say the site will be updated soon. It’s not available for pre order. It’s not even available for order with shipping in 90 days! It’s just “Currently unavailable”.

      So Apple announces something we cannot buy. Period.

      The wheels have *really* fallen off.

    2. They need to offer a special deal to buy a Mac Pro now for those in immediate need (but not willing to be left out next year) and exchange it for a new one next year. Simple.

      With their huge stores of money and this self-admitted mistake they can afford to be generous until their mess is cleaned up.

  2. The sad thing about all of this news today about a new Mac Pro coming “next year” is, that it basically means they’re starting to work on it today. And that likely nothing until possibly a month ago was even being planned.

    In this day and age, it doesn’t take very long to design a cutting edge computer, spec the parts and get the supply chain ramped up.

  3. This is all good news, but it’s too late for some.

    Tim’s decision to put the company focus behind the iPad at the detriment of everything else, is the same decision to send the MacPro down a thermal dead end, and the same as releasing that LG disaster.

    Heads should roll for this, if they don’t, and they don’t get rid of the person or persons making these short sighted decisions, it won’t matter what Apple does.

    I’m not saying that Tim is responsible, but right now Microsoft is being run by a more competent leader than Apple.

    1. Sure, Those damn windows phones are all over the places now!

      And those big fat touchsccreen are the mecca graphics artist that can only design for design. Nice, I like my company with no identity.

    2. The apology was just the public recognition of something being wrong. The MacPro crisis reflects a failure to look at sales, pricing and performance a couple of years back. I don’t blame the design–I like it but it was too expensive for pro-sumer me. Management’s lack of hard-nosed analysis is more worrying. I used to keep up to date on Mac software and hardware features, but it hasn’t been much fun with nothing much new. They cut one of the best photo products, Aperture, and replaced it with a feature-less blob in Photos. Sharing is pretty much crap in Photos (though it’s crap in most alternatives). I can’t say I have a duplicates problem with Contacts on my Mac, because it’s triplicates or worse. Many app developers for Mac seem to have just parked the bus about 2 years ago with no improvements to apps that started out with a lot of promise (CadentWineCellar, iBank to name just a couple). It’s like both the company and much of the ecosystem for Mac went to sleep.

  4. Processors from 2013, now slightly cheaper.
    Wow, way to go Apple.

    At least they didn’t have the stupidity to tag it as NEW on the website.

    My 2009 Mac Pro (Flashed to the 2010 firmware so it can run Sierra) is so long overdue for an update it’s ridiculous. I don’t know if I can really be bothered waiting to see what they release next year.

  5. If Steve Jobs we’re alive right now:
    1) This never would’ve happened (having a separate sit down with several reporters saying you messed up and let them in on your plans, thus affecting sales of your current product and pretty much killing that section of your market)
    2) Waiting so long between Mac Pro refreshes (be it different chipsets or a hardware redesign)
    3) Let the building of a new corporate headquarters distract from your product pipeline
    4) Let Jony Ive dictate design over functionality when professionals need functionality and productivity rather than a good-looking machine.

        1. Tim has had missteps with the supply chain in the past (Christmas iMacs for one). So he does not get unconditional approval in that regard.

          The bigger question is how about pro customer NEEDS supply chain? Hmmm? …

    1. Completely agree with 2-4, but Steve did have a similar episode with MobileMe, including telling about what’s coming (to keep people from going to Dropbox, Box, and especially Google).

  6. One More Thing has changed to One More Year. Nice.

    IF you need to buy a Pro Mac, build your on Hackintosh. You will have a faster and chipper Mac. Much sooner than 2018.

  7. Of course they just Osborned the current Mac Pro. But they HAD to. The only people buying the current Mac Pro where those that absolutely had no other choice. They needed the announcement to keep a horde of others from jumping ship that hadn’t already. By ignoring the Mac Pro so long, they had sent the message that it was dead. This announcement was to attempt to reverse that sentiment.

    1. Yeah. It’s an Osborning that is better than the alternative.
      The difference is that Osborne Computer needed ongoing sales to keep their company alive, while what Apple most needed was to reassure the large numbers of pros who were considering switching AWAY from Mac-based computing for their high-end needs.

    2. If it were Microsoft saying effectively “coming soon, trust us” it would be considered vapourware.

      Apple is cashing in on a massive dose of goodwill with this. And good that they did so, along with a heap of uncharacteristic humble pie. But Apple had better knock the new Mac Pro out of the park in 2018, because it’s squandered years of this goodwill and doesn’t have much left with high-end pro users.

  8. “Can’t innovate my ass, anymore”

    But they sure think we all have a slow digestive system or brain. By the way, most of us have Apple Watches by now, we know how to count time.

  9. The Mac Pro trash can never made sense! I want a Mac Pro that stands on the floor and is easy to extend! Pasta! The current Mac Pro is the round Darth Vader version of the Cube.

  10. The question isn’t who is going to buy a Mac Pro now, it is whether they will sell more Mac Pro’s overall with this announcement.

    This gives pause to anyone who was considering switching from Mac to PC for a pro level workstation. That’s the key.

    Also it seems that right now the Mac Pro wasn’t selling that much anyway, so any lost sales due to this will be minimal. And those customers will buy the new Mac Pro when it is released.

    And who knows? With the lower prices, they may actually sell a few more Mac Pro’s.

  11. Apple just killed the Mac Pro.

    Whether it can be revived from it’s practical death? Perhaps if we apply the correct necronomic incantation and inspiriting brew to its essential salts, it may reanimate to status akin to living and walk the Earth again.

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