I'm puzzled, if people are so happy with the computer they own, then why they feel the need to criticise other people's choices at the first opportunity. In a recent article I spoke about why I love my Macs, it made no comparisons to other machines and other people's choices, in fact, I suggested that if your choice was different to mine, then I'm happy for you.
No sooner had Apple announced a rethink of the Mac Pro than I was reading comments by (as always) people who don't own one, suggesting that those of us who had invested in a Mac Pro Late 2013 "Trash-can" has been at best fooled and at worst ripped off. Some even asked me if I regretted buying a Mac Pro Trash-Can?
The short answer is a resounding NO!
The long answer for those who are still unable to comprehend how anyone can be the owner of said machine and still be happy is to reiterate the comments in my previous article.
The real test of anything you purchase for your studio is not how it performs on paper, or how it fairs in a forum bun fight. It's not even how it compares with the choice of anyone else, the real test is how does it perform on real jobs for real customers.
On that measurement, my Mac Pro has been a fantastic investment. It never lets me down and to be frank is a money making machine - which in my world is a professional product.
In fact, the only weak link in the workflow when I first got it was having to work out how to use PCIe cards, at which point I invested in a Thunderbolt chassis to house my HDX and UAD Octo card. Then I got to review an Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt and realised that performance with Pro Tools and all my other apps was much better in the world of native, rather than in the world of DSP. So I sold my HDX card, kept my UAD Octo card in the chassis (which in fact I didn't have too as Universal Audio has adopted Thunderbolt) and have been happy ever since. Even better, removing the tie to the PCIe-based HDX card now means routing audio is easier, I can even use my audio interface with several different apps at the same time. Dropping the reliance on PCIe-based DSP set me free.
Again, your choice of computer and hardware may be different to mine, if it works for you then go enjoying making a living with it.
In purely financial terms by the time the new Mac Pro arrives, perhaps in the next 12 months then my original Mac Pro will have been fully depreciated as an asset in my business and owe me nothing; zero, zilch, nada... in fact f**k all!
Do I regret buying my Mac Pro Trash Can? Not at all.
I'm looking forward to my next Mac Pro if this one has been anything to go by.