“Rumours had been circulating for months about the goodies that Apple might unveil at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. A new professional Mac? The new OS X 10.5 operating system, known as Leopard? What about a new iPod? Or perhaps even, some speculated, the appearance of an iPhone,” Bobbie Johnson reports for The Guardian.
“The crowds at WWDC are, by the event’s nature, Mac developers, and Monday’s announcements were squarely aimed at the professional user. The centrepiece product was the high-level desktop Mac, the Mac Pro,” Johnson reports. “Based around a pair of dual-core Intel Xeon (Woodcrest) processors, Apple is not joking when it calls this the fastest Mac ever: the quad core machine can run at up to 3GHz, and its 64-bit Core 2 Duo architecture means that it’s future-proofed for some time yet.”
“But although the interior may be radically different, nothing seems to have changed on the outside. Just as the iMac switched to Intel without ditching its form, so the old PowerMac ‘cheese grater’ look has been used for the new Mac Pro with only a few tweaks. Why has Apple, a company that prides itself on innovative design, stuck with old styling? Observers say it is partly to assuage the fears of the hardcore Mac faithful, and partly because the design works – it is, after all, the same basic shell that has been banging around Cupertino for years,” Johnson reports. “With the Mac Pro, Apple has put the final pieces of the Intel puzzle into place and, despite a few casualties along the way, has completed the transition inside 14 months without much of a hitch.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We hope that those who still do not recognize the Mac Pro’s exterior case design as the work of genius will someday be able to understand why it is an industrial design masterpiece.
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