Apple’s new Mac Pro not for the faint of wallet

“When I first gazed upon the radically redesigned, supercharged Mac Pro at Apple’s WWDC last June, my reaction was immediate: ‘This is my next computer,'” Ted Landau writes for Macworld. “The promise of lightning-fast speed combined with the allure of its futuristic cylindrical design seemed irresistible.”

“As it turns out, resistance was all too possible. With additional information now available, I’m certain that I won’t be purchasing a Mac Pro next month or at any other time in the foreseeable future,” Landau writes. “Further, I’m confident that many—possibly most—owners of earlier Mac Pros will reach a similar conclusion.”

Landau writes, “What finally killed any inclination I had to buy a Mac Pro was the cost.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Mac Pro is for professionals. If you balk at the Mac Pro prices, you’re likely an iMac (or Mac mini) user. Either way, you’re getting a top-notch personal computer with the world’s most advanced operating system.

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68 Comments

  1. Are they talking about the same Mac Pro that looks like those 1900s-era wax cylinders? What has gotten into the design team at Apple? First iOS 7, and now the Mac Pro: Edison Edition? They are right, this isn’t for the faint of heart…

    1. Stay with your retro Victorian computers. Do you have a degree in Industrial Design? No? So you didn’t get the message that design is not decoration. Form Follows Function.

    2. Are they talking about the same Mac Pro that looks like those 1900s-era wax cylinders?: Yes, and the Mac Pro also looks like a tube, a common form in nature from way way way before the 1900. Must be nostalgia or perhaps there are only so many shapes.

      What has gotten into the design team at Apple? Can’t really say for sure but food would be one of my top guesses.

      First iOS 7, and now the Mac Pro: Edison Edition? No, I don’t think that the Mac Pro runs on AC current, DC, so it would be the Westinghouse Edition. I don’t think Apple is up to being able to do the Tesla edition.

      They are right, this isn’t for the faint of heart…
      The Mac Pro has never been for the faint of heart, it’s been for the pure of heart, the clarity of mind, the peace of spirit the power to do your best and, from personal experience, it sure enhances the wetness of female genitalia and when that gets going, you want to make sure your hard on, uh, your heart’s on the best performance possible.

    3. When I bought a 2005 Ford GT I was chastised by many because, in their words, I could have purchased a Corvette Z05 for about 1/3 the cost.

      That was true, but the ‘vette was less than a 1/3 the car. I recently sold my GT for almost what I paid for it, and that was with 36,000 fun filled miles on it.

      Best in Class form, fit, function and performance costs. If you have a ‘vette budget buy a ‘vette, it’s a really good car for the money.

      But if you wanted the ultimate experience, with unprecedented resale value, you should have bought a Ford GT.

      The same holds true for computers.

      1. Expandability for NVIDIA K40 processors, PCI Express x8 SSDs and 56G InfiniBand / 40G Ethernet network adapters.

        Devices that can be easily inserted into Linux servers. High performance computing equipment that I need for my application.

        1. Gary, that’s more of an ultra fast server you might find in a super computer cluster you’re describing there, targeted at big data and science and listening in on phone calls across the planet and mining bitcoins (heh) as opposed to Photoshop and After Effects. If I needed that kind of power, I’d definitely go with a custom built LINUX box.

          Most designers and animators (“pros”) seldom upgrade their machines, outside of adding RAM and hard drive space, and with Thunderbolt 2 they will be able to add a crap load of very fast storage. They can add PCI Express if they want.

        2. 40G Ethernet??? WHY?

          You toss around acronyms without a clue as to what use you would put them to. At the risk of repeating what Theolenous Mac just said, the Mac Pro is NOT a super computer. It is a Pro machine for a small group or a single person use. It is not a computer built to run your Hadron Collider. Actually, come to think of it maybe it might be able to that too. It is 1/7th of a supercomputer of 1999.

        3. The Gigabit Ethernet on the “Mac Pro” was standardized by the IEEE almost 15 years ago!

          You guys don’t get out much do you…

          We use 56G InfiniBand adapters in $2000 Linux desktops to do real networking and we use NVIDIA CUDA for applications.

          1. Most companies wouldn’t have the cabling installations to do InfiniBand, but they would have Ethernet networks. And for the type work, Gigabit Ethernet between the MacPro and the local data server wouldn’t be a bottleneck. This machine is well suited for 20 Gbit/sec Thunderbolt 2 externals for local work in smaller shared work groups where storing/sharing an edited file over Gigabit Ethernet would work fine.

  2. If I needed the power the cost would not be an issue.

    Its gorgeous.

    My car analogy is this – you can spend less and get a point A to point B car but if you want a Ferrari you’ll be paying for it.

    1. It’s more like a Honda Civic will get you from point A to point B for about $25K, but if you need to take an RV with you, or a load of firewood, or if point B is on the other side of an icy mountain, then you’ll pay the $60K for a 4WD, diesel V8, GMC Sierra pickup truck.

      1. I don’t think your analogy is quite right. If you’re equating the new Mac Pro to the V8 Hemi Pickup, well, the truck has a bed that can carry a ton of “peripherals”, and the Pro can’t. While the Pro might be equated to a Ferrari, it would need a trailer hitch and an 8-foot trailer to carry it’s essentials.

  3. A modern Mac Mini or iMac is more powerful than the high-end Mac Pro’s of 4-5 years ago and a high-end quad core model probably more powerful than 2-3 years ago. Still might fall a little short in the graphics dept.

    1. A Mac Mini or an iMac is not a Mac Pro. Even a four or five-year old Mac Pro. They are different animals. Not designed for the same things in life. Expandability and upgradability was a hallmark of Mac Pros. Looks as though that has changed. But it’s still what professionals will be using going forward. Whether or not we are crazy about them. We’re professionals, we’ll deal with it. I’m making plans for some new ones now. After the first of the year I’ll make it happen. What? I’m going to use a Dell?

  4. The funny part is that he’d never notice the difference between a pro and a mini based on his utilization.

    I’m getting several. But I want to be able to render 3D graphics and animation quickly. Save high end uses such as that, a pro is way overkill.

  5. Folks, does your bathroom get hot and humid after a shower? Fogged up mirrors that you have to wipe clear with your towel?

    Folks, all that is history now. Apple is making a one time offer of a Mac Pro and a bathroom extractor fan all rolled into one. Yes! When your Mac Pro is not doing duty rendering videos, simply remove it from your table and shove it through the ready made hole in your bathroom wall and voila! a bathroom extractor fan!

    Folk! You gotta love Apple’s ingenuity. Who would have thought that for the price of ONLY $5,000 you can now have an extractor fan for your bathroom! Cheap at twice the price!

  6. Back in 2009, the iMacs or MacMini were not so powerful. Now they can handle more low end work that the old MacPro was needed for.

    MacBookPros are also speed demons. With the right peripheral set up they could easily replace many Mac Pro activities and have the added flexibility of movability.

    Memory or disk space has always been an issue with Macs. At least with the Pro you can add a second SSD although it might cost a bit.

    My point is that the writer can easily use another type of Mac that is better suited for his needs. The new Pro is clearly slated for the high end user.

  7. He’s still thinking of the old big cheap towers that were thrown together by box assemblers. They made them big because they didn’t want to put the time, money, and effort to miniaturizing what sat on your desk.
    Besides, many of their customers thought big must mean pro.

  8. I have to admit the new Mac Pro has a very unusual design and I can’t wait to see the reviews about it. They’d have to design server racks like honeycombs which are supposedly very efficient on space. I wonder if Apple has any intention of using them in their own data centers. I sure hope this new Mac Pro isn’t a monumental flop just because it isn’t a rectangular box design.

    1. They certainly won’t use it in the data-centers.
      They buy seven-figure sums of flash PCIe-cards from FusionIO for their HP servers.
      Most of their software (including the whole WebObjects stack) has been ported to Linux a long time ago.
      There’s no need for a MacServer other than the 25 USD (or what it costs) App in the App-store.

      I wanted to buy one, too. But I also did the math (or rather, Apple did it for me). I wouldn’t want to spend so much money just for the entry-level system. And the 6-core variant would be insane to buy for someone who’s not doing any professional work with it.
      In addition, this thing screams “4K display”. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple branded 4K displays pop up along side it at the launch (or closely after) – and I can only imagine what they are going to cost.

      So, for me it will most likely be an i7 Mini with FusionDrive, maxed out RAM and a TB display, to which I can add a 2nd one at some point.

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