Because every other Mac has a Early/Mid/Late adjective next to it. It is a consistent practice. There are typically not multiple releases per year for most of the Mac line up in any given year.Why does that Apple support page say "Late 2013" for the Mac Pro? Was there an "Early 2013" Mac Pro that they don't want you to get confused with?? Why not just say "2013"?
There is, I suspect, a bit of classic Apple attention to detail in there. If you notice, for the top four ports the left and right ports are on different busses. They probably thought this through and realized most people will likely plug in starting at the top left and then move right. So having the left and right ports on different buses, rather than just having one bus per row, makes it more likely devices will be properly distributed across multiple busses even by users with no knowledge of such considerations.that's the first place I've seen apple discuss how the buses map to the hdmi and tb2 ports.
The practice began in 2006, I think, when there were 3 iMac models released in one year. That's not a reason to continue the practice, especially when there was only one model released per year. I could understand naming one an "Early" or "Mid", given that there is a slight chance a second model would be forthcoming at same year.Because every other Mac has a Early/Mid/Late adjective next to it. It is a consistent practice. There are typically not multiple releases per year for most of the Mac line up in any given year.
But at that point, it is consistant though to just make the naming policy uniform. if use is a signal considering doing other models users will read more into it past the timing of the year of release.... which is really all it is indicative of....I could understand naming one an "Early" or "Mid", given that there is a slight chance a second model would be forthcoming at same year.
It isn't just the models themselves. "Early" and "Mid" Mac will straddle the OS X release points ( if they stick to a July-August to Juy-August like time frame). "Early" and "Mid" is quickly indicative if the "fall back to inital OS" means going back a OS X version or not.There is no reason on earth to ever name a "Late" model in a one-model year since there is zero chance of a later model being released.