“The new Mac Pro has been released, and we’ve managed to get our hands on the entry-level model, ‘”inexpensively’ priced at $2,999,” iFixit reports. “Contrary to popular belief, the new Mac Pro is closer in design to an aluminum beverage can than a trash can. (Not that there’s anything wrong with trash cans—some of our favorite astromech droids are shaped like trash cans.)”

“The back side (if a cylinder can have a back side) contains the power button and electrical inlet, as well as a tidy array of ports: 3.5 mm speaker and headphone jacks; Four USB 3.0 ports; Six Thunderbolt 2 ports; Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports; HDMI 1.4 out,” iFixit reports. “Here’s a strangely un-Apple-like design choice: simply sliding the lock switch allows us to remove the outer casing of the Mac Pro. The RAM in the Mac Pro Late 2013 is easily accessible and replaceable.”

“Mac Pro Late 2013 Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). For being so compact, the design is surprisingly modular and easy to disassemble. Non-proprietary Torx screws are used throughout, and several components can be replaced independently. The easily-opened case is designed to make RAM upgrades a snap,” iFixit reports. “The fan is easy to access and replace. While it will require a bit of digging, the CPU is user-replaceable—meaning intrepid fixers should be able to save considerably by upgrading from the base-level processor configuration.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: PC Magazine. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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