My 1st computer was a Mac in 1984. I have never owned anything but a Mac. I am an Apple collector. I knew Steve. And I am a huge Sir Jony Ive fan. Huge...
Today's announcement was certainly a setback. No question about it. The appearance is that Apple is abandoning the professional. No 17" Mac Book Pro and no real new Mac Pro are signals that will shake the core of the Apple professional.
But I don't believe this is the end. My bet is that Apple is just taking a bit more time to get it right. I spent several years in Apple purgatory when Steve was gone and Sculley (and others) completely screwed up Apple. I expect this moment in time to be just another brief moment in Apple limbo.
There are lots of smart guys at Apple. Too smart to give up the professional. Professionals are the front row. They influence the "rest". Apple gets this.
My bet (and I have no inside knowledge whatsoever) is that Apple is feverishly working on a Mac Pro with full 4K graphics support, USB3 and Thunderbolt, along with a new 17" (or greater) Mac Book Pro.
If I am wrong, Apple clearly knows the consequences. I just don't think that Apple is ready to give up what they have worked so hard to achieve... the loyal support of the professional. I wait patiently.