The Mac Pro Lives – Daring Fireball

Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis. They’re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them.

This is good news. Especially the part about updatable “modules,” but it’s not clear if that means that users can upgrade them.

But they won’t be out this year.

So Apple bumped the Mac Pro a bit, with faster processors and video cards, but at the same old price. Huh.

Would you buy the new Mac Pro today? Perhaps you really, really need one, but you’re looking at an already end-of-life machine. Sure, it’ll run for a while, but if there’s going to be a newer Mac Pro in, say, a year, you won’t be able to resell the one you buy no. I think Apple should have dropped the price on the upgraded model to factor in obsolescence.

Source: Daring Fireball: The Mac Pro Lives

1 thought on “The Mac Pro Lives – Daring Fireball

  1. That was a pretty long read! An interesting one at that, but i’m just not quite as optimistic as Gruber is, sadly. It mainly shows how disconnected Apple is (and as been) from its customers lately – and not only from its pro consumers. They seem to recognise (at least) that they were wrong in certain regards, but they still seem to have no clue what their consumers want.

    I still see a grand vision (not clearly defined, but Apple seem to have one), but it still seems to be overly complicated or “far out” or just a pipe dream, whereas pro consumers want simpler things; mainly raw processing power and a plethora of ports (and perhaps a pretty machine). In short, something that works great NOW, rather than something that might be awesome eventually, when all other pieces are in place – but we don’t know when (or if) this is ever going to happen.

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