Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jun 2013 17:07 UTC
Apple We already talked about iOS 7 yesterday (after a night of sleep, it's only looking worse and worse - look at this, for Fiona's sake!), so now it's time to talk about the downright stunning and belly flutters-inducing new Mac Pro. As former owner and huge, huge, huge fan of the PowerMac G4 Cube - I haven't been this excited about an Apple product since, well, I would say the iMac G4. This is the Apple I used to love.
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I think it's exciting
by whartung on Tue 11th Jun 2013 18:25 UTC
whartung
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I am not a "pro" user, but I own an '06 Mac Pro, which has basically been working flawlessly for the past 7 years that it's been powered up 24x7.

This is the next "no more floppy drive" device from Apple. It's effectively done away with internal expansion, beyond memory. I don't know if a single socket device can upgrade to a dual socket device, I somehow doubt it. You might be able to swap out CPUs if you're clever, like some folks with the current crop of Pros can do.

But, that's really it.

Everything else is plugging in to ThunderBolt. Drives, displays, even extra GPUs in theory.

The expansion bus is no longer an edge connector, it's a serial cable.

This will bring expense to expansion, as each device will need it's own enclosure and power supply. You can use a multiple drive enclosure to get more bang for your buck. In theory you can get a card cage box with PCI edge connectors to plug in current crop cards. I don't know the driver shenanigans involved with that, or if that will "just work".

The dark side of this design is that whatever elegance the device has currently goes out the window once you start expanding it. With the beast that is the current Mac Pro, most of your expansion in internal and it remains as is -- an enormous, heavy, gleaming aluminum tower. Once set, never to move again.

When I got the Mac Pro, it was my hope for it to be a 10 year machine. The lack of a 32bit video pipeline killed that with Mtn. Lion, otherwise it would be going strong and staying current. Even though there are few GFX cards for Mac Pros, there are some, and I've upgraded mine in time.

I don't know if this machine can be a 10 year machine. Ostensibly it can, if we can upgrade the GPUs externally. Yea, machines are much faster today. A Man Mini has comparable stats to my Mac Pro. But, just. And it has no legs. It's a 1-2 year machine before being tossed aside.

This one might be a 5+ year machine, as is. If the GPUs can hold out.

As is, it seems like "home weather modeling" is not out of line on this box. The GPU should hold there own for many purposes, for some time.

But we'll see what the $2500 version of this machine comes with. I fully expect the base model on the Apple Store to be about this price point, since Apple builds to price points.

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