This may have been a simple oversight or—as Architosh believes is the case—a sign of significant change coming to the relatively newish Mac Pro, but the latest family portrait of Apple’s Macs is missing the Mac Pro. (see image 01 below) on Apple’s recently updated Mac page.
Lastest Mac Family Portrait Doesn’t Include Mac Pro
Astute observers of Apple’s website, and its Mac product pages in particular, will chime in and note that Apple’s new Mac Pro, officially released at the tale end of 2013, began to take a back seat to Apple’s other Mac models as early as middle 2014. However, the idea that this latest omission of the Mac Pro from the latest Mac page at Apple isn’t a big deal could be seriously called into question based on some mounting evidence that something else may be afoot.
During the SIGGRAPH 2015 show held last month, an insider who claimed to be in the know put forth the idea that Apple may have quietly disbanded the Mac Pro team. Such an idea sounds shocking since the new workstation class computer is less than two years old since its debut. Further adding to the distress of such a notion (which we hope is not true) is that Apple was very long bringing the new Mac Pro to market, and that the company even setup manufacturing and final assembling of the new machine in the US.
Did SIGGRAPH Index the new Mac Pro’s Fate?
Based purely on anecdotal evidence, it has been suggested that the new Mac Pro accounts for less than 1 out of 100 Mac units sold. Apple doesn’t release numbers on its product lines by category but in general analysts are well aware that the majority of Apple’s surging Mac sales are in its mobile laptop ranges.
Recently IBM and Apple announced an extension to their partnership that would further boost Mac sales through IBM’s enterprise customers. This would continue Apple’s industry leading momentum in the Mac’s war against the Windows PC and be a net positive. Apple’s Mac market share continues to climb steadily and is in the early mid teens in US quarterly market share.
Apple’s Macs have traditionally held their ground against Windows PCs in creative industries like graphics, publishing, film, music and architecture. For years the old aluminum Mac Pros were workhorses in the vast majority of pro markets. And while presently support at the software application level (for OS X) has never been higher in the history of the Mac vs PC wars, it seems a pity that the new Mac Pro is under-serving many of the same core pro markets that its predecessors did for years.
At SIGGRAPH, which Architosh covers each year, an informal accounting of machines on the show floor counted less than five Mac Pros. This, out of somewhere north of 100 machines on the show room floor. And while the Mac was booming in attendance at the mobile laptop level, iMacs—not the Mac Pro—actually out numbered the Mac Pro. iMacs…!
So while some may pause and note that perhaps this omission is simply just that, we wonder out loud if indeed this omission is really something much more concerning?