It doesn’t seem like that many years ago, but measured in
dog years technology years, those old Mac Pros and PowerBook Pros and early MacBook Pro models seem positively quaint; ready for the Hall of Fame Museum of Pro Devices.
What constitutes a Pro device? Price? There’s no Mac mini Pro, but you can upgrade it to a Pro-level price tag that goes beyond the entry-level MacBook Pro. I owned a couple of plastic Mac Pro models back in the day but my iPhone– not a Pro model– is more powerful. What’s a Pro?
Get. Over. It.
Pro means professional. What does professional mean? I think it means more than just anybody who makes a living, but even the definition of professional seems flawed.
A professional is a member of a profession or any person who earns their living from a specified professional activity.
Uh, OK. That doesn’t really define professional, though, does it? A garbage truck driver might be a professional with a good title; like, Sanitation Engineer. But that doesn’t make him an engineer, does it?
The term also describes the standards of education and training that prepare members of the profession with the particular knowledge and skills necessary to perform their specific role within that profession.
Again, that does not really describe or define professional in the sense of iPad Pro, or Mac Pro, or iMac Pro.
If you make a buck by using a MacBook Air instead of a MacBook Pro are you less of a professional?
Not all expertise is considered a profession. Although sometimes incorrectly referred to as professions, occupations such as skilled construction and maintenance work are more generally thought of as trades or crafts.
Let’s be real about this. Pro, in the sense of iPad vs. iPad Pro, MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro and so on, simply means a device with more features that would be appreciated by those who, well, want and appreciate such features.
They’re professionals in that sense only. If you’re retired from a profession and try to buy an iMac Pro, should Apple decline the purchase because you’re no longer a so-called professional?
I bring this up because we have to get over the whole professional and Pro notion with the new iPhone Pro models. Chris Matyszczyk on a very slow news day conjured up the Pro missive one more time.
If an iPad Pro is a computer, what’s an iPhone Pro?
This is not difficult, folks. An iPad Pro is more expensive and has more features and more power. Pro means more.
Are we done here yet?
Rumor has it that Apple will announce two so-called Pro iPhones? What does that truly mean?
I just explained it. It’s time to move on.
The Pro designation is one that’s been used by Apple for some time to separate the serious from the frivolous, the committed from the dabblers.
Bullshit. It’s a monicker to separate Apple customers from their money by giving them more features and different performance. Nothing more, nothing less.
iPhone Pro will have more than a mere iPhone. Get the hint from the Mac Pro. It had more than iMac. MacBook Pro has more than MacBook Air. iPad Pro has more than an iPad.
Pro means, well, more. Get over it.
I can’t help thinking, however, that if your iPad Pro is a computer, your new iPhone Pro is a camera.