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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It looks like to me the graphics are upgradable with those two daughter boards for the GPUs actually. It just seems that it will be some proprietor boards instead. You probably have to go to the Apple store to get new graphics cards when they come out instead of installing them yourself.

You can also see in the many pictures of the demo units that the boards are mirror layouts with "A" and "B" labels on them. It even looks like there were holes for another socket connector on the bottom of the second mirrored layout board for an option of a second PCIe SSD storage. I'm sure that will be a build option at purchase for that.

People look at this thing and don't see much upgradability with it, but I do. The case comes off with one lock/latch and those boards look like the come out easily with just a torx screwdriver.

Again, I just think you'll be bringing it to the Apple Store for graphics GPU upgrades instead of doing it at your desk.

I think the reason Apple went down this route is because its cheaper for them to make, but I also think another problem is the Thunderbolt ports require audio and video integration. The proprietor boards ensure the thunderbolt ports work as intended. Like, I've read when you add a PCIe thunderbolt card to the current/old Mac Pros, you can't hook up a monitor to them because it doesn't have the means to pass the video and audio signals to your sound and graphics.

They have to make the experience be the same as you have with your laptop. You plug in your Thunderport device in the Mac Pro or your Macbook Pro, should work the same.

Apple are making these things user friendly like the make all there products. The "Pros" that can afford these things have IT departments deal with expansion stuff anyway.

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