Freshly Squeezed OpEd: Are We STILL Jaded?

Jun 25, 2012 | OpEd | 4 comments

OK, we’ve now had several weeks to digest the recent WWDC. And I can’t believe (honestly!) that I’m still reading blog posts of disappointed Mac users! Are we really that spoiled?
Apple just released what is most likely the most powerful PC ever yet and still there’s pissing-and-moaning that Apple came up short! Really?
‘Where’s the upgraded Mac Pro?’ ‘Where’s the ATV?’ ‘Where’s the iPhone5?’
At this clip, Windows/Android users have every reason to laugh at us. A sizable number of us have turned into petulant 5th graders. We’re like Veruca in ‘Willy Wonka’ – ‘DADDY! I WANT IT NOW!’
You think that the MBP-R wasn’t enough? Tell that to Don McAllister, host and producer of the wildly popular ‘ScreenCastOnline.’ He just rebuilt his entire production studio around his new MBP-R instead of his Mac Pro. Is he crazy? NO!
He produces two shows weekly, each encoded into four separate formats. Why leave the Mac Pro behind? Because his trials show that he can accomplish all of his encoding in roughly 30% less time than on his SSD equipped Mac Pro!
Now, does that mean the Mac Pro is dead? Of course not. TC has said that later next year it will come out. Why so long? I believe that they’re crafting something that we can’t even conceive of. Maybe it’ll be a completely different PC that not only does your daily computing but also runs your ATV. Perhaps, even automate your house.
Who knows? All I know is that with the track record of Apple’s team, I’m willing to make that leap of faith and give them all of the time they need to make sure it’s right.
If you don’t agree or have the patience, then switch to Windows or Android. Happy computing!

© 2012 Frank Petrie/


  1. commun5

    What seems to have been lost in all of the complaining about the MacPro update is that Intel has been very late in releasing an updated Xeon processor. The quad-core and octo-core Xeons based on Sandy Bridge, the previous generation design that is Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 compatible, were not released until May 14! The postponement of a major upgrade to the MacPros until next year is a direct result of Intel’s problems, not Apple’s!

    • ympnow

      Agreed. People seem to believe that they can click their heels like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and all of their wihes will be granted instantaneously.

    • Snafu

      But then the problem is that Apple is not using those new Xeon processors but older ones.

      • commun5

        No, that’s the point! There were people pressuring Apple to update the MacPro by threatening to abandon the platform. Apple knew they would need several months to adapt the new processors for the platform, so they went with the minor update bump now to quiet down the whiners.


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