I know I don’t stress out whenever I hear the latest rumor about what Apple might do next because It’s not the tools, devices or software that make it possible to be creative. It’s who I am.
Apple seems to be moving towards becoming a consumer products company and its rumored that Apple is going to get rid of the Mac Pro line. For me I could care less, I’ve been using a Powerbook / Macbook Pro for the last 10 years. Everyone should have seen this coming, especially with what we have seen from Apple in the last couple years. Recently they dropped the Macbook and XServe, then they slapped all the editors in the industry in the face with FCP X and finally if you look there hasn’t been an update to the MacPro line since 2010, which is significantly longer than most Apple product upgrade cycles.
Its no surprise that products and services are going to change and disappear. If change in the industry hadn’t happened then many creative people never could have afforded to get into this field in the first place. Apple is usually trying to move us forward, giving the consumer what they need not what they want. So you wont be able to have 10 bays of hard drives or be able to hook up to tape decks. The industry is changing… How you work today isn’t going to be how you work in 10 years or even two years. As a content creator if you cant layoff to tape then the broadcasters are going to start accepting more digital files. Those large storage rooms with years of old spots are going to be gone. I couldn’t be happier, I look forward to the day I don’t have hard drives and tapes in the closet because I’m worried a project I completed 2 years ago could come back and I might have to make a change.
For now I think Apple is going to streamline their Mac lineup and they are going to end up with 4 products: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and the new line of iMacs. I wouldn’t doubt if we see the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro becoming one at some point as well.
Some people are going to jump ship but sooner or later those expensive desktop towers are going to be gone. But if you really don’t think Apple is going to continue to support your future needs, no one is stopping you from purchasing a windows based PC.