updated 08:51 pm EDT, Thu May 24, 2012
Facebook petition finds worldwide support for new pro-level Mac
An Apple fan dissatisfied with the attention the company has paid to its Mac Pro line of recent has taken to Facebook, posting a fan page petitioning the computer maker to refresh its line of professional-level desktops, or at least to let Mac Pro fans know what is going on with the line. The page has subsequently taken off, with more than 4,100 Likes and a number of shares from users around the world.
The maker of the page bills himself as a professional editor and graphic animator in the New York City area. He initially posted a lengthy plea to Apple to shed some light on its Mac Pro plans, claiming that he did not wish to go to "the Dark side" by buying a Windows machine, and that hacked models combining more modern equipment with Apple's OS X were insufficient to meet professional needs. The resulting page has been shared more than 2,250 by users hailing from a myriad of countries.
Apple's Mac Pro line has historically been popular among creative professionals, but it appears to have fallen by the wayside in light of the company's much larger successes with the iPhone and iPad. The company has continued to revamp its MacBook offerings as often as twice a year, slightly more often than the iMac all-in-one and Mac Mini desktop machines. In contrast, the Mac Pro is approaching two years without a refresh.
For a time, rumors circulated that the professional line of Mac workstations was in danger of cancellation, and the line has seen ordering and shipping delays in recent weeks. Some hope remains, though, as the line has also been rumored to receive a refresh, though those rumors emerged months ago with little word since.