On some level, the wait for Apple’s promised new Mac Pro is ludicrous. In fact, the idea that we’re even talking about a two-years-ago promised pro machine is ridiculous. Windows extreme pros can just go buy whatever full-throttle configurations they want. No wait. No fuss. But not the Mac. Oh, no. And not Apple. With Apple, it has to be special. It has to be design-y. It has to be infused with the soul of Jony Ive and powered by unicorn laughter. And, apparently, we’ve waited two years so Apple can invent “modular.” Once upon a time Once upon a time, Apple understood extreme pro users. From about 2006 to about 2012, Apple sold what is fondly referred to as the “cheese grater” Mac Pro, so named because the holes on the side of the unit were reminiscent of a cheese grater. This was a beautiful machine. True, it was big and heavy, but those were advantages to extreme pro users because it had room for expansion and room to breathe. It was somewhat loud. It was pricey, but because it was upgradeable the entry point was accessible and scalable. And it was modular, but in a PC case kind of way. The cheese grater Mac Pro was, essentially, a very smartly designed PC case. You could add and remove drives. You could swap processors. You could upgrade RAM. You could swap out video cards. You could plug other cards into one of its four PCIe slots. And there were… [Read full story]
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