“Once upon a time, anyone who wanted a powerful Mac would choose the top of the line. So in the days before Apple went Intel in 2006, it was the Power Mac G5. It was a huge beast, weighing over 40 pounds, but it was extremely expandable. You could add multiple hard drives and PCI cards, and changing RAM was a snap,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “When Apple moved to Intel processors in 2006, the successor to that Power Mac, the Mac Pro, debuted. Externally it looked about the same, but the innards were more efficient because Apple didn’t need so much cooling hardware. It was expensive, powerful, and content creators loved them.”

“In early 2013, Tim Cook promised a major Mac Pro upgrade, and, sure enough, the spectacular ‘trash can’ version was demonstrated during the WWDC keynote that June,” Sternberg writes. “It didn’t show up until December of 2013, and volume shipments didn’t start until early in 2014.”

Apple's all-new Mac Pro

Apple’s “all-new” Mac Pro

 
“It was a sea change, and not necessarily one that was welcome,” Sternberg writes. “The reaction to the Mac Pro has been polarizing… Ideally, if there must be a Mac Pro, maybe Apple could develop a different version, still relatively compact, which restores the internal expansion capability of the original Mac Pro. With Apple’s penchant for miniaturization, I bet they could deliver all that in a computer that weighs no more than 20 pounds or so. But is there enough of a market for such a machine — or the present day Mac Pro?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The Mac Pro is revolutionary, but Apple could really stand to, you know, update the thing once and awhile. Not doing so makes it look like Apple regards professional Mac users as an afterthought. Sometimes Apple, the world’s most profitable and most valuable company, still operates as if they have five guys from NeXT working around the clock trying to do all the work on a shoestring budget… Read more in our full Take here.

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