Hi Gav, great blog post. I totally agree, but it's not just the creative market they seem to be ditching, the enterprise market seems to have been dropped with new server product, or as it's described as a 'Server App'. Which sort of says it all really.
I suppose you have to ask does it really matter. Apple are the number 1 I.T consumer manufacturer in the world, and rightly so. But on the other hand Microsoft never saw Apple coming, infact Apple was considered a joke for many years (remember the Dell comments). Look at Sony too, once the king of the consumer product.
I suppose my point is that Apple have it in them to be a leader in both the creative professional market as well as the enterprise market, and it might be a mistake to turn their backs on those markets whilst riding high on the consumer wave. As we know the the tide can quickly turn.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2011 13:04:28 GMT by Will Green
Completely agree; as you said, Microsoft never saw Apple coming, and I wonder whether there isn't some new startup, or indeed an existing minor player, who Apple can't see coming?
It's a real shame but FCPX combined with the end-of-life-ing of FCP7 is leaving quite a number of people in the lurch. And these are the very people who gave Apple cpr, and visited it in hospital while Michael Dell was advocating switching off the life support.
Will be interesting to see what happens with the new Mac Pro, thanks for the link. I think it will provide another clue as to Apple's future direction.
Having read many forums and blog posts on the subject, I do not think the high end hard core video editors will be at all pacified by an update to FCPX. Reading between the lines of Apple's own FAQ on the matter, reinforces that a lot of old functionality is gone permanently. However, FCPX will no doubt appeal to a much wider audience and open editing up to people who might otherwise not have bothered. There is no doubt money to be made in this mass market (more than in the high end pro market) which I'm sure is why Apple have taken this direction.
I don't think that functionality has been removed from Lion. What Lion does is begin to pave the way for a merging of the OSX and iOS user interfaces. The old stuff is there if you want it, but here look at this shiny new way of doing things.
Also being a lay person I'd be interested to see if when you segment the pro creative market you get very different answers .
I think it may have a lot to do with effort versus reward. I imagine you could spend oodles and oodles of resource trying to convince die hard experts that will never move away from Avid etc..or spend the same resource bringing new generations into a different, and better world of computing. I'm not sure if it's that Apply don't care about the super Pros, but that they care more about the masses. If you think of the original Apple mission it all makes sense.
I also see that if I was a Pro that had stuck with Apple over the years could feel upset or betrayed…and then I think of people who are being stalked telling the stalker "Look! We are NOT in a relationship!"
My instant reaction to hearing about iDisk not being supported was to be upset… but I don't know the alternatives yet so I'm holding off on my own personal toy throwing…
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment chaps. I do enjoy writing but often feel it's a bit pointless given the amount of general noise on the net.
millstonebarn: which games did you play at LAN parties? Our most popular games were Quake, Quake2, Action Quake 2 (a mod along the lines of but before Counterstrike), C&C Red Alert and Grand Theft Auto 1.
beerbum: I think you're spot on about Apple and pro's vs the masses. I'm not too upset about the loss off iDisk because it was never as good as it should have been. Dropbox works well but they've recently had a big security lapse which leaves one wondering where to go now?
Q3 Arena. The best game in history I reckon, even now - single user and multi. CoD is probably number 2 for me, so that's really saying something (MW2 most likely, at the moment.) Q3A really stands the test of time.) I also went through Q2 (alas with an underpowered PC), AQ, Team Fortress etc, but not in LAN parties. Rainbow 6. C&C too, but I hated that online - opposition was always too good. I have that on the iPad now, but have had some instability issues with it.
I (now) remember setting up doom on three machines so that I could have front, left and right views simultaneously ... over IPX! Those were the days.
Total thread creep but I love it! Q3 Arena simply cannot be bettered - the pace and immediacy of it is perfect. I did go through a phase of loving Unreal Tournament also, particularly 2004 in Onslaught mode.
The problem I find with gaming nowadays is as I get older I need more practice to remain competitive. The more I play the more I want to play, to the point where I get grief from the wife. It's very hard to pick it up for a quick go once a week and put it down. So for the most part, my gaming life these days is more like FIFA or a racing game, played from the sofa with mates and beer.
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