Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 22:01 UTC
Apple John Siracusa: "On paper, the Mac Pro may no longer be a viable product, but it would be a mistake for Apple to abandon the concept that it embodies. Like the Power Mac before it, the Mac Pro was designed to be the most powerful personal computer Apple knows how to make. That goal should be maintained, even as the individual products that aim to achieve it evolve." I agree wholeheartedly. The Mac Pro - and the PowerMac before it - are amazing products, and I would be quite sad to see them go. They may not always lead the pack in performance, but when it comes to sheer engineering and interior design, they are among the very best. I have zero need for a Mac Pro, but to this day, I always take a few minutes to admire it whenever I pay a visit to my Apple retailer.
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By that logic, wouldn't it be better to bring back the 17" Macbook Pro? It's something the majority of Mac customers can at least identify with, even if very few actually target it.

As I type on an MBP17 (circa 2009 vintage). I have a few thoughts:

1) If iPads had been around I would probably have had an iPad and an iMac rather than the MBP17 ... more screen space and performance when I need it and less to lug or lose when I don't.

2) I sense they are standardizing laptops onto 'retina' screens and are struggling to make them big enough for 17inch displays or with a sufficiently low power profile for a laptop.

3) If they do get a 17" retina display working then a 15" (iHeliPad) or 17" tablet (iChinook) would rock most of us back on our heels.

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