Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Apr 2017 00:02 UTC
Apple

As we learned this week, the 2013 trash can Mac Pro is going to... Well... The trash can. Apple has promised a new "modular" Mac Pro for sometime after 2017.

In the light of this news, I thought it would be interesting to look back a model, to the "cheese grater" Mac Pros Apple sold from 2006 until 2013.

The cheesegrater is a truly iconic Mac. I love it.

On a related note, here's some interesting tidbits and nuggets I've picked up regarding the new Mac Pro from people and sources who know their stuff. The Mac Pro was in limbo inside Apple. The decision to go ahead and develop a modular Mac Pro replacement seems to have been made only in recent months, with development starting only a few weeks ago, which makes it clear why Apple said it won't ship this year. I have no idea how long it takes to develop a new computer like a Mac Pro, but I think we can expect the new Mac Pro late 2018 at the earliest, but most likely it won't be until early 2019 before it ships.

What made Apple do a 180? Well, after the announcement of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, orders for refurbished "old" MacBook Pros supposedly went through the roof, and after the initial batch of reviews came out, they shot up even higher. This response to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar took Apple completely by surprise. Combined with the problems surrounding the LG UltraFine 5K display and the constant negativity from professional Apple users, the company decided to double down on professional users.

As Apple announced, we'll be getting a new Mac Pro and an iMac Pro as a result. In addition, Apple is said to be exploring additional Retina MacBook Pro models without the Touch Bar, and other pro-oriented features, such as hooking an iPad Pro up to a Mac to use it as a Cintiq-like device.

All in all, there is definitely excitement in the air regarding professional Mac use, and to be honest - that's been a while. Personally, I'm still very cautious, because in the end, all we got yesterday was a more official version of Tim Cook's endless "we've got great stuff in the pipeline, trust us!" meme that's been going on for a few years now.

Until we get it - and that may still be 2 years away - the new Mac Pro is vapourware.

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RE: Pro ?
by avgalen on Thu 6th Apr 2017 11:35 UTC in reply to "Pro ?"
avgalen
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2010-09-23

Xeon CPU, ECC RAM, Dual FirePro GPU's, many Thunderbolt connectors, dual gigabit ethernet....It absolutely had Pro components in it.

The problem was that these Pro components never got updated, the price never got dropped, and many other things about this machine (internal expandability, thermals) were absolutely NOT Pro.

The trashcan was the absolute "form over function" device and was not made for their customers but for their developers to show off ("Can't innovate my behind")

The moment the 5K iMac came out the trashcan got even more ridiculous.

The MacBook Pro is another "form over function" device that isn't what their customers want or need.

I am happy to hear that Apple is (planning to) make Pro products again and that they are admitting that they consumerised the Pro products and lost sight of those customers. Lets see what they come up with in the future, but lets also buy non-Apple Pro Products for now to satisfy Pro needs and to give Apple something to copy ;)

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RE[2]: Pro ?
by dark2 on Thu 6th Apr 2017 20:42 in reply to "RE: Pro ?"
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2014-12-30

"Pros" typically choose which components they need, Apple's been trying to choose for them instead.

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RE[3]: Pro ?
by avgalen on Fri 7th Apr 2017 07:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Pro ?"
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2010-09-23

"Pros" typically choose which components they need, Apple's been trying to choose for them instead.

Everyone knows that there is far less hardware choice on the Apple side compared to the Windows/Linux side. That has been the situation for decades. Of course there are (still) Pros on the Apple side.

Pros often use what they get from their company and what everyone else uses. You don't have to know everything about individual components of your tools to be a Pro. A Pro cares about the total product that he uses, not about the individual components (those are tinkerers, and can, but doesn't have to overlap, with Pros)

The Mac Pro was simply a case where the total product wasn't what Pros needed

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