Let’s face the facts. Whatever professional meant in the past is not what professional means today. I was once the proud owner of a Mac Pro; specifically, the wonderful cheese grater Mac Pro of yesteryear.
That was the one Mac that did everything better than any other Mac except travel. I’m also the owner of a delightful 13-inch MacBook Pro that does almost everything the Mac Pro did, but also travels. Which one is the most professional?
The MacBook Pro starts life at $1,299 and fully maxed out it’s a mere $2,299. A 15-inch Mac Pro lives in the professional price range at $5,149 with 32GB RAM, 4GB GPU RAM, and 4TB SSD storage. My old Mac Pro, cheese grater line of yesteryear, did not cost me anywhere near that much money.
Yeah, I get it. Things change. Time marches forward. Even definitions change. Gay Paris does not mean what it used to mean. Neither does professional, yet Apple keeps the lowly MacBook Pro and calls it a professional device.
Word on the streets says Apple plans a new MacBook Pro aimed at the same customers who love and lust over the new Mac Pro which starts at a mere $5,999. This MacBook Pro
will may come with a 16-inch display– fully 4K capable– in a package smaller and just as mobile as the current 15-inch Mac notebook.
Starting at $3,000. Then you have to get serious about what constitutes professional.
The entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at a lowly $2,399 by comparison, so it’s easy to suspect that a new 16-inch model will have even more capabilities– extending the status of professional— that could move it well beyond the $7,000 range.
$7,000. For a Mac notebook. Professional class.
There is almost $4,000 difference between the current entry-level MacBook Pro and the fully maxed out model. Tack that $4,000 onto a 16-inch MacBook Pro starting at $3,000 and you get a $7,000 notebook.
Yes, those are guesstimates on a fictional machine, but you can see how Apple is changing the nature of what it means to be professional. That leads me to what Apple should do about its Mac naming convention.
- Mac mini – the smallest and least expensive Mac
- MacBook Air – the smallest and lightest Mac notebook
- iMac – the desktop Mac in various sizes
- MacBook Pro – a Mac for professionals who need more power
- Super Mac – to segregate the professional from those who live in a world dominated by power requirements
That means Apple needs to make some changes.
iMac Pro should be Super iMac. 16-inch MacBook Pro should be Super MacBook. Mac Pro should be Super Mac. The Super Mac line does not need to use the word Pro which indicates professional. Far more professionals— lawyers, teachers, graphic designers, developers, and others who get paid to use their Macs– use the MacBook Pro line or a high end iMac, and not the current Mac Pro or certainly not the coming Mac Pro.
The Pro monicker is wrong.
Super Mac customers are those that require the Superman-like power of the iMac Pro and its Xeon Intel Inside, or the Mac Pro with all the capabilities anyone could dream about, or the 16-inch Retina 4K display on a Mac notebook.
That change would put professional back where it belongs, and nobody in the upper crust of the Mac Pro line would complain about the Super Mac.