Re: Back to the 90s
Well the Mac Pro coming in 2018 should fix that, but this is perhaps more a symptom of the Pro market being such a small segment. Granted, they lag behind sometimes by not updating their lines to the latest CPUs, but with Intel not even squeezing 5% more performance between generations, what are you really missing out on?
These days, what percentage of people ever upgrade the RAM in their PC or laptop? A low single digit percentage, I'll bet. Time was when you could replace CPUs in laptops, but I doubt there are many such laptops anymore. Granted, the pros are the ones most likely to want to do this, so I'm not really defending Apple but they've always pushed in this direction so its like its out of character for them.
I still think they might start using their ARM SoCs in the Mac line - an A10 with a laptop style power budget could beat any Intel CPU with an equivalent power budget, and the A11 should be even better. With Microsoft now supporting full Windows on ARM, and building in x86 emulation for Win32 apps, I think they really go that way next year.