Joe Rossignol, reporting for MacRumors:
We’ve since confirmed with Apple that when supplies run out, the iMac Pro will no longer be available whatsoever. Apple says the latest 27-inch iMac introduced in August is the preferred choice for the vast majority of pro iMac users, and said customers who need even more performance and expandability can choose the Mac Pro.
I don’t really understand why the iMac Pro ever needed to exist as a separate product from the standard iMac — at least in their current form. I suppose in a world where the Mac Pro was never released there is value in branding a desktop machine with the “Pro” moniker, but aside from that, why can’t the iMac simply scale from a stock 21.5-inch base model up to a 27-inch model with a server-class processor? Why couldn’t they all just be “iMac”?
But if Apple was to stick with the “Pro” name in the iMac line, I’m not sure if the processor class and internal hardware in general should really be the differentiating factor as to whether or not the machine is “Pro”. Display size actually feels like a more natural attribute to base it on — why can’t the 21.5-inch iMac be “iMac” and the 27-inch iMac be “iMac Pro”?
And that same logic could extend to the MacBook line-up too. Why can’t all 13-inch Mac laptops be “MacBook Air” and all 16-inch models be “MacBook Pro”?