Just heard a juicy rumor from a source I trust pretty well. New Mac Pro coming April: Intel C606 chipset dual Xeon-E5. 6 PCIe 3.0 slots (4 @ X16, 2 @ X4), 16 DIMM sockets, dual Thunderbolt ports. Rack-mountable, redesigned tower. Onboard SAS/SATA connectivity with hardware RAID 0,1,5. Open GPU support via nVidia only to start (buy any nVidia GPU card off the shelf). No USB 3.0.
I can't confirm or deny this one, but my source has been 99% accurate on specs for the last two Macbook Pro and Air releases...
As nice as a machine like that sounds, it would be a complete 180 from the direction Apple has been going. I highly doubt it. In addition, a machine like that would also be quite a bit more expensive than previous Mac Pros. Basically, it would appeal to an even smaller niche than Mac Pros already do.
Agreed. Sounds too good to be true, especially considering what's the norm for Apple.
My gut says Jeff's source has it right.
I have been saying for 2 years that laptops have become so powerful that there is really no reason to make a desktop unless its a bomber - especially now that we are seeing I/O taps like Thunderbolt and USB3 on laptops & All In One's.
I agree that Apple has not shown much interest in the pro market the last 3 years. That said, one thing Apple has managed very well over the last decade is to pick strategic times to move the game. Perhaps I am giving them too much credit, but it seems like the stars are aligning with the new procs, new OS in beta and pent up demand in the pro space.
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It might have to do with an overall future direction of UI development and return on investment. Do companies invest their development team resources in having their team code to proprietary platforms, HTML5, Android, Mac, Windows, etc? In other words, like with Microsoft Windows Metro App development for Windows 8, MS wants you to code once, and it will run on any device, screen size, tablets, etc. Same concept with HTML5. But with Metro, it is the MS way and for Windows platforms. HTML5 is general, yet runs in a browser. I have downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer preview and the GUI is quite different, yet another learning curve on how to navigate around the desktop. Windows 8 has an HTML5 feel. Also; smartphone companies are starting to announce phones running quad-core, soon why even have a laptop, just connect a usb keyboard/mouse, needed peripherals, and hdmi port to monitor.
Last edited by Tom Birmingham; 03-07-2012 at 11:17 AM.
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