Of course, the Mac platform will endure. While the iPod may be the latest "must-have" gadget, the Mac has shown that it can still turn the entire industry on its ear, especially in recent years.
All of these pundits saying "Apple should get out of the desktop business" - simply don't understand why Apple succeeds.
Besides, I can see there being a very legitimate reason for Apple even splitting out the iPod - the lawsuit between Apple and Apple Corp (The Beatles).
Mac Platform Endures as Apple Splits Hardware Division