The past couple of days I’ve been at the Grand Canyon History Symposium. The guy they hired to run all the AV stuff had a very nice setup, and at the center of it was a Space Gray 27” iMac Pro. So, folks are still obviously getting good use out of them. While a lot of us are satisfied with the Mac Studio + Studio Display combo, this is probably a use case where there is a market for a powerful all-in-one with a big screen.
Also, I have to say, in contrast to almost every other conference I’ve been to, this event had almost no AV problems. He did a kick-ass job.
They’ve obviously made a choice, but you’d think that a 27” to 30” all in one would go gangbusters.
They must have data we don’t.
A few years ago I read that 80% of Macs sold are laptops. Maybe they feel the 24”, Mini, and Studio are enough?
The iMac Pro was so so good.
I loved my iMac Pro, but I mostly bought it because the Studio Display (a retina standalone monitor) didn’t exist. Now that it exists, I’m not sure I’d buy an iMac Pro replacement. I like the computer being separate from the screen.
I think the role could be occupied by an M* Pro iMac, though.
One thing I will add that feels related is that I’m firmly in the desktop-laptop combo again — the laptop in clamshell for desktop use. I’d prefer two separate machines — a tiny portable laptop and a very powerful desktop — but Apple needs a better story for sharing data between Macs. iCloud Drive ain’t it. I want a shared environment where I don’t have to think and it’s all just there, including databases, docker containers, all my apps and their credentials, all the font files, etc. That’s the dream.
I think, without this setup, there are not that many compelling reasons to have a separate desktop at the moment for many pros, especially since the laptops with the Max chips are so powerful.
Any research into syncing desktop and shell environments idempotently would also pay off in making Xcode developer tools easier to rebuild and share. git + docker + ansible with a shiny UI and auto sync/provision, essentially.
Yeah. I mean, I’m aware the average user could do it themselves, but the mere thought of spending that much time putting such a system together makes me shrivel up. All that time is better spent on doing the work, and if that means just one machine, so be it.
Edit: not necessarily the average user, but the average determined developer.