Allow me to split some hairs with Apple and redefine more accurately what Pro really means. We like to think of iAnything Pro as being for, well, professionals, and while that is true, it’s only partially true.
I counter that anything Pro should mean for professionals, but really Pro just means More. Or, More Expensive. Or, Top of the Line. How professionals use anything Pro from Apple varies too much to have a specific model named Pro.
Pro Means More
Simply put, Pro means more. More what? That’s the issue. Pro could mean simply more money; a higher price tag, but in Apple’s case it means not only a higher price tag but better hardware specifications.
MacBook Air fits the name. It’s the lightest and least expensive Mac notebook you can buy now. Conversely, Mac Pro no longer means what it used to mean. I owned a few cheesegrater Mac Pro models in the past but could never afford even the entry-level model now.
Mac Pro– circa whenever you can buy one– is aimed at professionals and those who can afford to buy professional equipment. Think of it as Lexus vs. McLaren and priced likewise.
Does that mean MacBook Pro and iPad Pro and iPhone Pro are not as professional as the new Mac Pro? Yes. Are they less professional than an iMac Pro? Yes.
Remember, Pro means more, but there are different levels of more.
For example, an iMac Pro starts at $5,000 but fully tricked out hits over $14,000. An entry-level Mac Pro starts at $12,000. For similar dollars, which do you want? That, of course, will depend upon what you need it to do, hence the professional monicker.
At the other end of the scale is iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Pro means more, but not much more than the entry-level iPhone 11. One more camera. Better display. Better battery. Better storage. Same CPU. See? That’s more. Oh, and the Pro models are priced higher. That also means Pro.
See how that works?
Pro means more, but even then there are different levels of Pro. The least expensive Mac starts at $799 but the Mac mini can be maxed out, but apparently not to professional levels, even if professionals find a tricked out model to be worthy. How is $3,199 less Pro worthy than a 27-inch Retina 5K iMac for almost $1,000 less?
Pro means more something.
More money as in a higher price tag. Or, more powerful hardware configurations. Or, just a device aimed at a specific hardware buyer.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro is as professional as a Mac notebook has ever been, yet it does not have the Pro feature Face ID found in iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Pro.
Pro is not equal.