Last year Cook said a new Mac Pro was on the way. And, Cook said a future Mac would be built in the U.S. Everyone expected a new Mac Pro to be announced at WWDC 2013 but no one leaked an ounce of what Apple had planned for the pro model.
Aluminum, And Diminutive
Every Mac and Apple pundit predicted something to replace the aging aluminum tower, but most of us were shocked at the Mac Pro introduced by VP Phil Schiller.
‘Can’t innovate anymore, my ass‘, said Schiller. The new Mac Pro is black aluminum and amazingly small considering the power inside, and the tower it replaces.
This black cylinder design is not quite 10-inches tall, and less than 7-inches in diameter. It looks more like a new age speaker than a desktop computer that measures power in teraflops.
Gone are the upgradeable hard disk drive bays of yesteryear. Today’s (or, later this year) Mac Pro is flash based with screaming fast storage, screaming fast RAM, and screaming fast CPUs with up to 12 cores.
Take a look at what Apple thinks of the pro market. Smaller, lighter, faster, more capable.
The Mac Pro opens up from a handle on the top which exposes motherboard, RAM, flash storage, and various and sundry parts and connectors.
Thunderbolt 2. FireWire 800. USB 3. Dual monster graphic cards. Gigabit Ethernet. HDMI. Think 4k video. It’s coming.
This is truly a think different device. It sports more and faster everything except size in a triangular thermal core which keeps the heat away from the powerful and multiple CPUs and GPUs and a fan which literally sucks the heat out.
Alright, what’s missing from this Mac Pro? Noise. Bulk. Hard disk drives. A matching pro 4k display. And, the price tag. Will Apple be aggressive with pricing, or simply reduce the price to match the device’s size relative to the old Mac Pro line?
Apple says the Mac Pro will come later this year. That’s a long wait but it’s an extraordinarily powerful device in a small package, so I’m thinking we’ll pay for the privilege of all that power.