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

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[2]: the future "modular"
by Parry on Thu 6th Apr 2017 13:34 UTC in reply to "RE: the future "modular""
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A Beowulf cluster of iPhones?!

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RE[3]: the future "modular"
by Alfman on Thu 6th Apr 2017 15:15 in reply to "RE[2]: the future "modular""
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A Beowulf cluster of iPhones?!

Forget the iphone, I think a legit "cluster" is something that might be marketable. SMP scalability is often found lacking (adding more cores often means those cores are slower and resource contention is usually a barrier), but a computer running many fast nodes, a fast interconnect, and specialize OS to manage them all transparently could be a monster of a machine. I for one would be jealous of anyone who had a cluster in their PC tower ;)

Granted I don't know if this would be any value for the "pro" segment that apple traditionally markets to. Many of those have professional titles, but they're really seeking appearance and thinness over sheer horsepower.

I don't know if apple has any interest in redefining it's pro market, but I would welcome the change if it started a personal computing cluster market war.

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