No, not the one above. That’s the much-beloved aluminum cheesegrater Mac Pro from yesteryear; the one that could be upgraded. No, not the new cheesegrater Mac Pro that will cost more than your car. The one in the middle.
Beaten’ By Dell
Every time I see one of the cylinder can Mac Pros– and there are not many in the wild– I wonder what Apple VP Phil Schiller was thinking when he said, “Can’t innovate my ass!” after he launched the device back in, uh, um– well, what was it? Oh, yeah. The second-generation Mac Pro; the one launched in late 2013, almost six years ago.
Apple went from one end of the professional scale to some scale it invented on its own because most professionals sniffed around the cylinder can Mac Pro and decided not to add trash to the trash.
After years of languishing without an upgrade, and with many critics laughing at Apple’s obvious ineptitude, the company’s executives admitted defeat and said a new Mac Pro would be coming.
We’re still waiting. But the embarrassment never ends.
Gordon Mah Ung decided to trash the trash can Mac with a Dell notebook-tablet hybrid.
We wanted to see just how far Intel’s CPUs have progressed, so we ran a few modern benchmarks against both the Mac Pro and a Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390that we’re still reviewing. The new XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 features a quad-core Intel 10th-gen Core i7-1065G7 with 16GB of LPDDR4X and a 512GB SSD. The 1920×1200 resolution touchscreen also supports pen input. And yes, the 2-in-1 is a 360-degree design so it can be used as a tablet.
This is what happens when you do not upgrade a device on a regular basis (which Apple could have done up until the new flagship Mac Pro ships; whenever that will be).
So how does Apple’s long-abandoned (but still sold) flagship Mac Pro stack up against a thin-and-light modern Windows laptop?
It ain’t pretty.
Is it even fair to make such a comparison? After all, the Mac Pro launched in 2013 and hasn’t seen anything close to a real upgrade despite Intel’s advancements Inside.
The reality is this. Apple still sells the trash can Mac Pro. You can trick it out to $5,999, sans display, keyboard, and mouse, of course. It doesn’t look to me that we’re comparing Apple to apples, with a new Dell notebook going up against old benchmarks from a Mac Pro, but the latter is not discontinued.
Got money? Can buy.
How about the shootout? The Dell notebook-tablet-hybrid clobbers the vintage Mac Pro. Next year will be a different story.