30 Years of Mac disses Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SamuraiArtGuy, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. SamuraiArtGuy, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    SamuraiArtGuy macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
    Eastern Panhandle, WV, USA
    While the event itself was worth noting...

    Anybody notice that in Apple's 30 Years of The Mac, timeline feature [ http://www.apple.com/30-years/ ], they TOTALLY skip the previous version of the Mac Pro, which was the Pro Mac for YEARS. While just about every incarnation of the iMac and MacBook is spotlighted? But the timeline scoots from the PowerMac G5 to the New Mac Pro, like the big box never existed.

    Yes, It's petty and stupid, and doesn't mean a pile of beans, but somehow I feel an entire generation of hardware... and their pro users got dissed. I'm not all "die Apple, I'm gettin' a Dell!" or nothing, just a little annoyed. The stout box deserves it's props.

    Yes, typing this on a still perfectly good "old" Mac Pro (MacPro5,1 Nov 2011).

    Grrrr. Arrrgh.
  2. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I think this includes the previous generation Mac Pro.
  3. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    It's probably too soon to mention our cheese-graters too much when they are going in a different direction for now marketing the can.

    When we get to 7/8,1 models they may look back differently somewhat!
  4. iChrist macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit

    Nobody cares.

    Very few people look at an advertisement that closely, or let it affect their lives.
  5. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2013
    Who cares? Just some dumb marketing video.

    But if you DO care as OP does, then you see a brief flash of the oMP at 1:50
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    I noticed that, too. I also noticed the Cube and Mini were nowhere to be found on the timeline, and there are plenty of other models missing (there are 60 icons in the Mac font set created for the presentation, of which half were used).

    All I can provide are guesses and rationalizations.

    A) Relative importance. Each year was represented by a single, new model, presumably the model they decided was most important/representative for that year. In 2006 that made the choice Mac Pro vs. MacBook Pro. In terms of impact on the Mac community as a whole, which would you choose?

    B) Form factor. The timeline does not honor later models of a particular form factor, and the G5's cheese grater was "the" Mac Pro until late 2013. One may, naturally, ask whether the case or the guts has more practical meaning, but this is, after all, a visual presentation.

    C) Pertinence to the Mac user(s) being showcased in the timeline. Note the MacBook Pro in the photo of Jad Abumrad onstage.

    D) Impact on users. This gets a bit fuzzier, but, while the switch to Intel meant many things, it didn't change the work habits of Mac Pro users nearly as much as the performance and portability of MacBook Pro affected those who became MacBook Pro users.

    E) The tendency of all marketing materials (and that's certainly a good chunk of what that presentation is) to highlight the latest and greatest.

    F) "...For YEARS." This presentation wasn't about the longevity of a design, or even the specific number of people affected by that particular model. It had much more to do with historical progression, and its impact on noteworthy individuals. When you look at the human evolutionary tree, there's one Neanderthal, one Homo Habilis, one Homo Sapiens, etc., regardless of which was more long-lived or numerous.

    Someone can, I'm sure, come up with more equally plausible explanations, but only the people who produced the presentation know for sure.
  7. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    OTOH - the timeline shows the PowerMac G5, which is where the "cheese-grater" story begins. Very much the same enclosure as the last oMP, despite the internals going through several generations.
  8. weaverra macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2006
    Pros are pros because of who they are not what they use.
  9. SamuraiArtGuy thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
    Eastern Panhandle, WV, USA
    True Dat.

    Was gettin' paid when I was using a drafting table and T-Square. Like I said, not a big deal, was just a little annoyed.
  10. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    The way I see it, it's standard marketing. I think it's because it's too confusing and messy to specify every exact model, given how many people don't know or care about the differences. I had a 9600/300, and I don't see it there, either.

    For example, if you want to believe that Moby could not have made his music without a Mac as he stated, that's up to you. On the other hand, I had a synth connected to a PC (not a Mac) that did the same thing from 1990-1992, so I know it's merely a tale of Moby's workflow preferences and experiences. He further states that it never dawned on him to use anything but a Mac, and that is the same thing my mother said about her Apple II, because other computers intimidated her. Anyone could "play twenty different instruments at the same time" on a PC or a Mac, but the difference was that Moby had the right combination of talent, exposure and good fortune to be a hit. Now, Apple uses Moby to give the impression that it was impossible otherwise.

    Apple has always been about simplicity + magical. My mother specifically chose Apple because, in her words, "I can use a computer without having to know how to use a computer." We're all fortunate that they made great products for everyone from the simple to the extreme users. Don't let the simplicity offend you, because it's nothing personal... just business as usual.
  11. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Erm. Looks like a reference to the Mac Pro, no?

    I don't know what people are expecting. The Mac Pro gets it's own parade?

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