iMore show 553: Nope dope

The Mac Pro
The Mac Pro

What do Serenity, Lory, Mikah, and Rene want to see from the next generation of desktop Macs? Plus, we've got an all-new iMore — in yellow!

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I have mixed feelings on the desktop announcements. It's good that they are being more open. However this announcement also is a textbook vaporware announcement that we have been so critical of Microsoft doing over the years. As for the substance - Rene provides a scenario of resources getting pulled into iMac and put the MacPro on the back burner. While this is definitely a possibility it seems like a poor excuse - giving Apple a pass they don't deserve. If they don't have the manpower to keep their product lines up to date the question I have is why haven't they addressed that? Is Apple University and the culture of Apple so inscalable that they can't ramp up resources to manage multiple product lines simultaneously?
  • We are talking about the best in class tech resources, who must also willing to work for Apple. This is not a Starbucks position. You just can't take people and train them. They already have to be insanely great. When you look for the cream of the crop, you will notice that there are just not enough people in the world.
  • No. If they didn’t make that last Mac Pro proprietary and limiting it wouldn't have been a stillborn.
    I have zero doubt that if they’d just updated the cheese grater with new internals, made it a tad smaller and used standard GPUs it would have been fine.