Rumor: Could Apple shut down the Mac Pro?

Apple's Mac line of computers continues to sell well overall, but a new rumor claims that Apple is reconsidering the future of its Mac Pro workstation line. Apple Insider reports via unnamed sources that the company is debating whether or not to continue selling the Mac Pro products beyond the end of 2011.

Apple admitted in its recent financial results that its Mac notebooks take up 74 percent of its entire Mac product division. The iMac desktop line also sells well for the company, compared to the Mac Pro range. Perhaps it's due to the company discontinuing the Final Cut Pro software?

Demand for the Mac Pro workstation has declined over the years. The article points out that only a few of Apple's authorized retailers currently sell the Mac Pro, and that those units are sold as special orders. It's possible that Apple could quietly discontinue the Mac Pro but at the same time release new versions of its iMac or its Mac mini desktops that have improved processor speeds that come close to the performance of the Mac Pro.

With the server and high end desktop business dominated by companies such as HP and Dell, it would not be a shock to learn that Apple would decide to close the book on the Mac Pro. We are sure that some Mac fans and film makers would protest such a move but in the end it's all about the business of making money and Apple might soon have to make a choice that's based on profits.

 

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