by chipbrown

Design performance & Engineering
It's beautiful and this time the beauty is not at the expense of the performance and engineering. (Unlike with the G4 Cube—Form vs Function: Is the New Mac Pro Another G4 Cube? chipbrown.me/2013/06/14/form-vs-function-is-the-ne... This is as it should be. Like Porsche does with a perfect 911—The perfect blend of performance, design and engineering.

by frankspin

Are the cost of the new Mac Pros justified?
Today is the day when Apple begins selling the Mac Pro (shipping by Dec. 30th though) and the starting prices are $2,999 and $3,999. You can easily ramp these up close to $10,000 before you even include a monitor. These are obviously not intended for the average consumer, but I was still curious to see how much of a premium they were commanding. I'm going to work with the lowest spec model to see what I could find. For reference the lowest spec has the following:
Xeon E5 3.7GHz quad-core with... Read more →

by MtnSloth

The new Mac Pro: winners and losers
As those that have read my review of the now old Mac Pro already know, I was not pleased that Apple failed to keep the Mac Pro competitive with other workstations (i.e. systems with one to two socket Xeons). Tuesday's announcement did clarify things a bit.
The winners:
  • those in media production whose applications will take advantage of those GPUs
  • power users that want/need to drive a lot of displays and prefer OS X
The losers:
  • users that were using the Mac Pro as a technical workstation - there are...
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by frankspin

Apple's "We still have a lot to cover" event
Our pals over at Engadget have already made some of their own predictions (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/apple-october-... for today's Apple Event, but we'd love to hear what you're thinking (or wanting) to be announced. Some of the stuff that has been hinted at and rumored leading up to today includes:
  • new iPad
  • new iPad mini
  • Availability dates for OS X Mavericks and the unique-looking Mac Pro
  • Perhaps some new Macbook Pro or Mac mini refreshes?
Given the recent amount of... Read more →

by newchannelmedia

Questionable design direction
This looks like an intern's vulgar design project. Gimmicks do not really help a power pro user. So lights turn on when you turn the thing around to get to the myriad ports. The thing is, once I have a machine all setup and wired, I am not going to be messing around behind it - I am going to be using it. That light thing? A gimmick. And round? Seriously? And a move to what appears to be a plastic shell? Might as well be a round HP. Zero points for functional style. What I had hoped for would... Read more →

by marc

Apple beefs up the Mac Pro, and assembles it in the US
Apple has redesigned its venerable Mac Pro workstation, reducing its footprint substantially, while adding major performance upgrades, including dual GPUs, 4K support, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. But the most interesting thing about the new Mac Pro may be Apple's plan to assemble them in the US. Apple and other technology companies have been criticized for moving most of their manufacturing offshore, and... Read more →