Look at all the different iMac models since 1998. Clear case. Gooseneck. Plastic panel. Aluminum panel. Apple isn’t afraid to start over to reinvent what they’ve already reinvented. That’s what’s happening to the Mac Pro.
Long Live The Mac Pro
Mac using professionals have been pining for an update to the Mac Pro line for a few years. While everything else Apple makes has been getting smaller, thinner, lighter, the Mac Pro remains an anachronism.
Sure, the Mac Pro is fast and powerful and upgradable and easily serviced, as you would expect from a world class tower computer.
That’s the problem. It’s also heavy and bulky and hot and loud and sticks out like a sore thumb when compared to today’s thinner than thin iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook models.
Judging by what Apple has done to the bread and butter iMac and MacBook line– smaller, thinner, faster– we can expect something similar in the 2013 Mac Pro.
2013? Yes, CEO Tim Cook promised a new Mac Pro model for 2013. Based on the trend to smaller, thinner, faster, any new MacPro must be a mini-tower model without a SuperDrive, without all those hard disk drive bays, the latter being replaced by ultra fast and small solid state drive (SSDs).
Yes, there’ll be standard media ports– USB 3, FireWire, and Thunderbolt, along with Bluetooth, but I’m expecting a uniquely shaped mini-tower instead of a refrigerator sized aluminum box.
What will take up most of the physical space will be a few slots for graphic cards and other extension cards.
Here’s why I don’t think the new Mac Pro will be tiny– smaller, yes, but not tiny. Assume that the Mac Pro uses Intel’s latest and greatest CPUs. Those CPUs love RAM. CPUs and RAM take up space and generate heat.
Heat means the box needs a way to keep components cooled. Power supply and cooling fans take up space. So, maybe Apple is working on a unique design with new and superior cooling capability– a cooler running mini-tower with power and expandability.
Frankly, I don’t need the power of a Mac Pro. The quad-core CPU iMac on my desktop is sufficient, as is a MacBook Pro for the road. But our company has a dozen Mac Pro models used for video production, and every user in that part of the building says the same thing. More power. Faster is better. Smaller is better.
The Mac Pro natives are restless.
Based on how Apple has redesigned the MacBook Pro line I expect the Mac Pro to be completely reworked inside more or less like Dr. Who’s TARDIS. More power inside. Smaller outside.