Yesterday saw the release of the new Mac Pro, finally replacing the trash can and moving back to a tower-based design. It has had a somewhat mixed response, with many people taking issue with the high prices, ranging from $6000 to over $52000. There have been those seeking to defend the prices and write off the complaints, but I don’t believe these arguments take into account the larger picture.[…]
All in all, the Mac Pro is a powerful machine. For certain workflows it is even worth the cost. But the problem is that Apple has priced out a huge swathe of the professional market by making its lower end Mac Pros prohibitively expensive for what is frankly underwhelming hardware.
The base model Mac Pro is, indeed, a terrible purchase, and some of the upgrade options are downright laughable – to get anything even remotely resembling a decent GPU, you’re asked to spend $2400, which is insane. Anybody who isn’t spending their boss’ money shouldn’t buy this machine.
That being said – the interior design and layout of the new Mac Pro is beautiful. I can’t believe that we’re still dealing with kilometers of fiddly cabling and ugly, gamery ATX motherboards that have become ever more cumbersome to deal with, while Apple can design and build such a neat, clean, and tidy system.
I think I’ve written this here before, but in the world I work in the Mac Pro used to be the ducks nuts. If you weren’t on mac Pro nobody took you seriously.
Now it’s just the workstation equivalent of the flash company car you use to collect and disperse clients. All the major players have one or two in the front office as “marketing” and the rest of the place is overloaded with cheap Windows or Linux workstations. No matter what Apple does with the Mac Pro it’s hard to see software vendors bothering to do expensive optimizations for such a small potential marketplace. So I feel this machine is consigned to Iron Man’s laboratory and the sea view desktops of celebrities who’ll probably never even switch the thing on!