Well it is to early to boycott PCIe, that is a slap in the face for most audio professionals.
But yeah they are trying to control the future, just like when they did boycott Adobe Flash, everyone use it...
Everything will be smaller so yeah the PCIe standard will with time just become too much of an big form factor.
But it is important to not choose form before performance and function. if we do that there is mobile alternatives such as laptops
which compromise the performance to get a smaller form factor.
As I said Apple did just recently give a slap in the face for the whole audio pro industry, they are now telling us just must ditch all PCIe and use thunderbolt.
well I do not want thunderbolt, it is not mature enough yet, it increase latency and cpu. A lot of people have invested in graphic card and audio cards...
I intend to have my RME HDSPe AES for a long time and many of these sound card have atleast a 10 year life span so..yeah Apple is way ahead of its time and
it provoes that they either do not give a shit about us, and just focusing on the most profitable users or they have lost their own sense of what the market is requsting.
Most people if you really ask I think would prefer a bigger form factor with higher clock frequency and more powerful in general.
This release feels just a lig a gigantic PR stunt they just want to show that they are still inovating without steve jobs by doing something "unexpected" and "stupid" .
But they get a lot of attention, a lot of superficial who want something that looks "different" and "expensive" on there desk will of course applaud.
It will appeal to trendy People who just want to live in the illusion that they got something superior light years ahead of anything else, while what they got is
just a underclocked cpu with no internal expanssion.
Just as with Intel thunderbolt, Intel has once again giving Apple all rights reserved on the market to use the latest intel cpu they are using , that gives Apple monopoly on the market with that cpu because of the agreement intel has made with apple to not let it out on the PC market. This is the only indication of if the cpu will be released for PC market or not.. https://twitter.com/FPiednoel/statuses/396656918975889408
So yeah it is hard to compete with monopoly for sure...and that strategy have been used by apple systematically for a long time, they know what they are doing.
as long as Apple have monopoly on the cpu it will of course be hard to compete.