As a theoretical physicist who spends much of his day in front of computers writing code, I also sense that often times Apple portrays professional Mac users as people who edit video. I’m sure there are many Mac users among that group, but by the same token, there’s also many professional and even high-end Mac users who are very far from video editing.
In my own specific example, I rarely care about GPU core performance and even massively parallelized CPU core work doesn’t really do it for me. I can perhaps exploit two dozen or so cores efficiently, but after that there’s little gain. So while I love huge amounts of RAM, excellent mem b/w, and as much single-core performance as I can get, lots of other “pro” aspects of Apple Silicon or Mac Studio/Pro are lost on me or those doing similar work in my department. I’m sure there’s plenty pro users who need that stuff, but it’s also just as correct to acknowledge that to other pros, some of that stuff is of little to no relevance.
Overall though, I think pro Mac users are in a very good spot these days, at least in terms of hardware. Apple Silicon is really strong. Even if you think the Mac Pro is silly, you can safely ignore it and move on because the Mac Studio will likely offer all the goodies you want. And to those who like the Studio, but just find it overly expensive, the Mac mini does offer a budget-level desktop system that can absolutely be used for professional work. And in portable space things of course are looking as good as ever. Apple Silicon finally brings desktop level performance to the portable world without sacrificing battery life, weight, and noise to achieve it.
I would consider the only folks being left entirely out in the cold right now are those who indeed prefer AIOs. For years people were calling for a headless iMac (Pro) and now, with the Apple Silicon Mac Studio, we finally got all of that. Unfortunately, now it’s the the high-end AIO crowd that’s stuck without appropriate hardware. Some might argue that crowd doesn’t exist. And although I was never big on the AIO myself, I wouldn’t dismiss that segment in Mac land. In fact I’d be tempted to argue that if Apple considers those couple ten thousand potential Mac Pro buyers relevant, they shouldn’t be dismissing what is likely an order of magnitude larger crowd who’d want something like a 27"+ iMac. The 24" iMac just doesn’t cut the mustard in that sense — it’s as if on the headless side Apple had only the Mac mini, but no Mac Studio (or Pro). But IMHO that’s pretty much it.
To be honest, when it comes to pro use, my biggest gripe right now is not Apple’s Mac offerings. I’d claim they’re as diverse and well balanced as perhaps ever. No, my gripe is with screens. Apple has a nice 5K panel, but it’s over-engineered and the price tag is preposterous. There’s one LG 5K display I’m aware of around ~$1200 and then perhaps there’s one or the other from some other manufacturer. But that’s it. What I’d really like to see is more selection among 27" 5K displays, and perhaps 32" 5K/8K displays. That’s what I’m really missing in pro land these days.