I don't know if gaming has been a priority of Apple. Sure you can play some games on one but don't expect the latest AAA one that requires the newest video cards to be on those lists.
Yeah... that was kind of my point. Apple has practically been going out of their way to make sure their computers aren't good for gamers. I'm suggesting that if they just made one model that had hardware appropriate for gaming, they might see an uptick in people using it for that, and then developers would have more incentive to port games to it.
PC Gaming desktops are starting to become niche PCs themselves.
Do you have some market research to support that? I feel like I've been hearing for decades that consoles would kill PC gaming, but it hasn't happened. If anything, I feel like consoles are showing some weakness recently.
The only people that might be interested in a consumer Mac Pro would be gamers.
I can tell you right now that that isn't true. I've done professional IT for a lot of companies that use Macs, and I've gotten a fair number of requests for that kind of thing. Basically, the Mac mini can be a bit underpowered for a lot of people's needs, and the Mac Pro is way too expensive. Businesses have to instead buy iMacs, but a lot of companies are annoyed by that because it also means you have to purchase a brand new high-quality screen with every new computer you buy. Home users sometimes have the same complaint of wanting to buy a new computer more powerful than a Mac mini, but don't want to buy a $1k screen to get it.
Or to give another use-case, some small businesses want a Mac server. Again, the Mac mini is underpowered, and the Mac Pro is too expensive for their needs. They don't really want to pay for the monitor, and cramming an iMac into an It closet doesn't always work.
I can see an argument that they don't want to release a consumer-grade Mac Pro because it would cannibalize iMac sales, but I'm very sure it would sell.
The whole point of a Mac Mini is that it isn't upgradeable. Making it more upgradeable goes against the entire design.
That's debatable, but also beside the point. I didn't say that they should make the Mac mini upgradable, just that they could sell a higher-end model with a decent GPU.