[Oliver Peters]“And yes, by “incapable”, I did mean management will and vision, not technical/design prowess.”
I have no idea of the management abilities of all these huge companies, I just wonder if it might be common sense not to build a workaday computer in a shape that doesn’t lend itself to any reasonable kind of flexibility
Personally, given the decline in desktop computer sales, I’d think common sense would dictate “stay the course” would be a fail. Not that they have to be as radical as Apple but any company not doing a rethink is going to continue its decline in that market.
[Craig Seeman]“Personally, given the decline in desktop computer sales, I’d think common sense would dictate “stay the course” would be a fail. Not that they have to be as radical as Apple but any company not doing a rethink is going to continue its decline in that market.”
I think it’s an error to equate the personal computer market as a whole with the professional workstation market.
Of course, workstations are a niche, and in video, perhaps a niche within a niche.
I expect we’ve just recently passed the bottom of a V-shaped curve describing workstation pricing.
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[Walter Soyka]“I think it’s an error to equate the personal computer market as a whole with the professional workstation market.”
I’ve heard workstations aren’t declining with the same severity as general purpose desktop PCs but, I’d have to guess things are slowing there as well since higher end laptops and all in ones can replace them in less demanding situations.
A computer manufacture faced with a shrinking or, at least, stagnant, niche, might want to investigate whether it’s even possible to expand the market. HP made some attempt with a more power all in one with the Z1.
Apple may have made the determination (or gamble depending on how you see it) that:
The ability to move peripherals from laptop to all in one to workstation with external PCIe connectivity (Thunderbolt) would add more value that internal open PCIe slots.
That the ease of relocating a small sized workstation was more important that rack mounting.
That given the importance of GPUs that two would be a standard for any workstation vs those whose needs are satisfied by laptops or all in ones.
Apple is attempting to expand the niche by designing a system that eases the interchange of peripherals with non workstations and provides increased mobility. Of course we have no idea if it will sell any better than a box MacPro or any other workstation but it’s probably a more aggressive attempt to expand the niche than any other workstation maker.
The leading workstation and professional graphics analyst firm reported that the industry shipped approximately 890.5 thousand workstations worldwide, a figure 4.7% lower than the fourth quarter of 2012 and 3.0% lower than the same quarter a year prior. The disappointment is obvious, as no business is happy with a market showing no growth.