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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"outlined reasons some might consider a Mac Pro a superior product, and similar reasons could be brought up about virtually all of Apple products. It is not about them being shiny - it is about them being designed to address very particular design goals. It just happens that many of those design goals have little or nothing to do with computing per se - and lots of people don't get why you would design a computer to solve problems that don't have anything to do with computing..."

Ding Ding Ding.... we have a winner. Computer's don't need to look or act like computers, but they do need to solve problems. Whether it's a business problem or an engineering problem, if the design helps it to be useful that's all that matters. Internal expansion being sacrificed to make the machine better at something else (in this case silent operation) is a perfectly acceptable trade off.

Looking at Apple's target markets this thing is mainly going to be deployed in Health, And Audio/Visual production. Those areas have specific needs, use a lot of dedicated, high-end (crucially external gear) and do not care about cost, or the machine being able to have 6 pci/pci-e cards, but having jet engine fans. This thing is being built to solve real-world problems. Not whingey IT problems about being unable to install a PCI-E card. If Apple kept things like that and listened to whinging they'd probably ship a Mac Pro with a PCI or an ISA slot. There's already an established trade and supply to market for engineered boards with those slots. Apple doesn't feel the need or want to engage in competition there.

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