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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Comment by p13.
by p13. on Fri 7th Apr 2017 08:13 UTC
p13.
Member since:
2005-07-10

Still happily using my 2010 mac pro.
I run linux on it, though. Can't be bothered with modern incarnations of os x. I gave up after mountain lion.

It's a great machine, and i really don't want to replace it, but it's starting to show it's age.
For most tasks, it's still fine, and it's still as fast as it ever was, but even regular quad core laptops seem to run circles around it now.

The EvilFI means that you are stuck with apple wrt video cards and bootable devices.
I run a video card in it that doesn't have apple firmware, and basically this means that you have no video until the operating system loads the driver for it.
I wanted to upgrade from current (oooold) SSD to an NVME solution, but this is tricky as well.
Need to be at a certain firmware revision if you want to change the CPUs as well. Limited to a selection of old chips too. This machine won't boot with a more modern CPU, even if they should otherwise be compatible.

YET!
Aside from all that. I still think it's a wonderful machine.
It is a very high quality piece of machinery.

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RE: Comment by p13.
by fmaxwell on Fri 7th Apr 2017 08:31 in reply to "Comment by p13."
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

Still happily using my 2010 mac pro.


Same here. Upgraded to a six core 3.47GHz Xeon and I'm happy.

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RE[2]: Comment by p13.
by p13. on Fri 7th Apr 2017 14:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by p13."
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

Glad to hear.

I don't think i will be swapping out my machine for now.
Will be interesting to see what the new design is going to be like.

I'm not holding my breath though ...

Was the process of swapping out the CPUs an easy one?
I've heard horror stories about the IHS being an issue and cracking the die.

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