OPINION: Recently I saw a posting wondering about the W5700X GPU for the 2019 MacPro Desktop, announced last December, but still currently unavailable with no release date announced. This card is regarding by many as essential for this machine when used for gaming. I attempted to make a post addressing this question. Apple immediately rejected my post with the following statement:
“We removed your post Radeon Pro W5700X with 16GB of GDDR6 memory because it contained rants or complaints that weren’t constructive. We understand wanting to share experiences, but these forums are meant for technical questions that can be answered by the community.”
So in the interest of answering this question, on the minds of many, I have decided to attempt to post my response here:
Apple announced plans to release this product in mid December, 2019. They have even published technical papers on it but have never to my knowledge, after diligent research, as of the date of this reply announced an expected release or ship date. So at this point I consider it to be vaporware. Request for such information to Apple tech support and customer service shed absolutely no light on any possible frame of reference for this information. I consider it to be viral marketing when a product is announced but after 5 months offer no clue as to when it will be available or even if it will actually ever be released.
Based on my research I have done so far, I might make a vague guess that it could be released sometime in June or possibly later due to the effects of the current health crisis, but I have no solid evidence to back this up or that this might actually be a possibility.
If Apple wishes a customer to purchase such a premium machine as the 2019 Mac Pro Desktop they should at least have the decency to provide an expected release window shortly after its announcement so that potential customers can include such an expenditure into their budget plans. It would not surprise me to learn, abet I have no evidence of this, that part of Apple’s marketing plan is to to frustrate customers who want to purchase this machine to finally give up waiting for the card and buy the machine without the desired card so that Apple can increase its profits by selling them the card at a later date so they can increase profits by selling them a possibly obsolete card for their needs to get rid of the current cards, without taking a loss, so that they can resell them the card they really need later on.
While some stockholders might approve of this sales tactic, as a consumer, I most certainly do not which is why I label it as another example of Apple’s continued myopic greed policy of alienating customers long term loyalty and patronage in favor of maximizing quick profits for their stock price and the next quarter financial reports. I am not knowledgeable to know if Apple has violated any laws by invoking such a marketing tactic but I can only hope that if they have, their is a smart lawyer reading this that will hold Apple accountable for this marketing actions by way of a class action lawsuit.