After Nuno’s reference to the “good ol’ days” yesterday and all the crazy new stuff Apple announced today, I figured time was ripe to post about the new Mac Pros that Apple showed off yesterday. Professionals have been asking/whining/paining for a significant update to the Mac Pro line for years and some even feared that the “dumbing down” of professional applications like Final Cut Pro were a move by the company away from their professional users to focus on their staggeringly large audience. Today, that all changed with a completely revamped Mac Pro being previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The shape is (obviously) the first significant difference and the size isn’t necessarily apparent, but is extremely significant. While the traditional Mac Pro is a monolith of a tower, the 2013 model is about nine inches tall and six inches in diameter–a huge reduction in size from the old Mac. The cylindrical and compact shape also allows for a unique single fan operation to keep the machine cool–all air is brought through the vents at the bottom and pulled through the machine and out the top. It’s been a few years since I’ve geeked out on an Apple product but such a radical, progressive and fresh design like this one from Apple certainly turned my head. While I don’t necessarily see this machine in my future, maybe ten years from now I’ll be able to afford a used, first generation 2013 Mac Pro, haha.
Check out Apple’s preview of the new Mac Pro on their website–it really digs deep and shows how the thing is designed internally and the user interface and way the whole preview flows together is pretty sweet too.