Group I: All the Apple fanbois and lemmings will buy it, because of the shiny Apple logo on it. Flame bait.
Group II: I've been using Macs since the 512ke computer and have never been so disappointed in the company. Concern troll.
The facts are that Apple significantly upgraded the MB-Air and MB-Pro lines and introduced one with a retina display as well. I never saw the particular point to the 17" laptop as it's unwieldy. I do need screen space, which is why I've got a 24" monitor on my desktop. We'll see if this one sells well. If it doesn't, then Apple will be forced to rethink its approach. I don't think they've guessed wrong. Pro does not mean computer technician any more than driver means mechanic.
Yes! Apple is found of saying the desktop is dying, even the laptops, but I believe that computer sales have been declining because they are bad machines, if they made a decent PRO computer, (like they know how to do) with retina and thunderbolt and kept our ability to CHOOSE what we want from a PRO computer, sales would pick up. They don't see that they are offering now just a nicer packed white line, only the prices went PRO. People who make their living out of the machines are not going to get a computer where in about a year and a half or so, they will have to STOP working for a few days (in the US, weeks sometimes overseas) to change a battery!!! Also not being able to upgrade their OWN machines! RAM and HD or SSD always run out of space. they want to keep it all in the cloud, my info in the cloud... (again internet overseas is not always available) until the day they get hacked and then all the security issues come to light.
Did you see the "upgrade" for the mac pro? they want people who depend on a computer for a living to wait 3 years for a decent upgrade? as they said 10 years in aviation are 50 in normal years, in IT 3 years are an eternity. They are loosing the people who were their opinion formers. since 1990 I have " converted " a lot of people, they all still look for my opinion every time a new product comes out. Lately, I am not advising them to change. When apple looses one of us, it is word of mouth that spreads fast. Anyone who knows marketing knows that word of mouth brings 3 out of 10, and bad words scare 7 out of 10. IOS and its devices are great, beautiful, but also cheap and replaceable. Soon someone comes out with the NEXT thing and Apple will become just another IT company that got to big and stopped listening.
Bottom line: PRO machine line is a very expensive machine that one can upgrade and have the MOST options available, not a very expensive machine that has to come out of the box and be attached to adaptors, external monitors, external drives, video adaptor, ethernet adaptors, external optical drive... etc etc... PRO means choices. Don't want to give us that anymore? fine, but call it a macbook with a nice display, don't take away choices and bump the price just to call it PRO.
This post has been edited by alevale: 19 June 2012 - 05:08 PM