Digital Spy reviews Apple’s Mac Pro: How can something so powerful be so small?

“Every so often Apple’s design department puts together a piece of kit so incredible to look at, that it becomes an instant classic. The latest addition to this design hall of fame is, without a doubt, the new Mac Pro,” Hunter Skipworth reports for Digital Spy. “Alongside other iconic devices like the “lick-able” candy colored iMac, it acts as a reminder of just how drastically the company is willing to shift its design ethos in order to push things forward.”

“It never really needed to look hugely special, likely doomed to remain underneath the desks of video editors the world over. But instead Apple has created a design marvel, simply because it can,” Skipworth reports. “Place the new Mac Pro next to its previous generation counterpart and it almost feels like this latest device has come from the future.”

Apple's new Mac Pro (left) next to previous generation model.
Apple’s new Mac Pro (left) next to previous generation model. (photo: CNET)

“So extreme is the difference in size, we still can’t quite get our heads round how Apple has managed to make the Mac Pro that much smaller, yet more powerful,” Skipworth reports. “The new Mac Pro makes a triumphant return as the go-to device for creatives the world over. What makes it truly special, is that it does so with such style and innovation.”

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  1. For all those folks who have bemoaned the lack of internal expandability, Apple should sell empty cases of the old model. Then they could put a Mac Pro and all the peripherals they want inside it and just string a wire or two out the back. Who would know the difference?

      1. Well, the point would seem to be shutting up the continual whining and snivelling from those who are obsessed with having all the storage internally, instead of tucked neatly out of sight, but still accessible, in a drawer, when necessary.
        Or is that too simplistic an explanation?

    1. funny you should recommend this. looking right now at modifying an old PowerMac G4 case for that exact purpose. It will be great to be able to pick up CPU and RAID array at the same time, in one box, which currently has a perfect home underneath my desk. There is NOT room on my desk for a CPU and a bunch of peripherals.

    1. Reminds me of a Greek I once knew with the opposite ‘problem.’

      When his wife complained about the extreme size, his response was a slow smile and, “Most girls would pay just to look at it.”

  2. Apple’s decision regarding memory can be baffling at times. Why have the Mac Pro start at 12 GB base memory? Why not start at the more natural 16 GB since it has four RAM slots? It’s baffling to me why Apple is being so stingy over RAM. To me it’s pure stupidity. RAM limitation can make your experience with the product hell.

    I was helping a friend set up his brand new one day one 13″ retina MacBook Pro today and the 4 GB base RAM struck me as particularly stupid. The MBP would page out regularly to the tune of 3.5 GB which an 8 GB RAM capacity would have addressed. As a result the experience sucked somewhat.

    There must a bunch of crazies running Apple’s hardware configuration department.

      1. You’re paying top dollar for a computer that is lacking in memory? An additional 4 GB of memory will cost how much wholesale? $25?

        Your comment is as stupid as it sounds. No, really – it’s the stupidest comment I have read in a long time. If you leave a bad taste in the customer’s mouth because of RAM shortage, the damage that it cost to your reputation is more than the measly $25 that it cost to install the additional RAM in the computer.

        So, you & Apple are both in the stupid camp.

        1. While I understand you, Apple including minimum RAM is and has been, for as long as I can remember, a business strategy to generate profit. That $25 dollars of RAM can add $75 profit per device. As for the taste this leaves it must be better than that which PC makers leave.

          Why do you resort to name calling? This does nothing but show your immaturity and lack of desire to understand reasoning other than your own.

          1. Ok I apologise for the name calling. I was incensed at your reply because the retina MacBook Pro I was helping out on performed miserably due to RAM page outs. The name calling was uncalled for and I unreservedly apologise.

            The retina MBP is a beautiful machine. I love the look of it, I love how it is designed and manufactured to tight tolerances and the high quality feel of the keyboard and chassis. Not a creak anywhere. Beautiful, beautiful machine, wonderful hardware. I wish I had one myself.

            But the RAM problem could easily have been solved and left the customer (my friend) with a good impression of Apple. Instead, he has to return the rMBP and get a new one with more RAM (8 GB) because you cannot upgrade RAM yourself on the rMBP. So that has cost Apple the restocking fee and my friend time and expense to visit the Apple Store, lodge a complaint and issue a return under the 14 day warranty period.

            I spent a good hour or two troubleshooting his brand new (one day old) rMBP and really RAM should never have been a problem. Never.

            1. I am about to buy the top of the line 15″ MBP RD but wish it came with 32Gb RAM. 16Gb will do in a pinch (heh) but I wish there were more options. I’m trying to make it a little more future proof which is probably futile.

        2. How many people got a bad taste in their mouth because of a shortage of ram that actually caused a performance problem? Not me, for one.

          But how many people whine about it? Lot’s (see above).

  3. How much was the nMP discussed on Apple’s conference call. Here’s an amazing piece of design and engineering and all the media cares about is how many 5Cs Apple sold. Ridiculous.

    I hope the reason we haven’t seen an updated Mac Mini yet is because Apple is working on something equally cool for that product. I think there would be a sizable market for a Mac Pro type product for non-professionals. The Mac Mini can be that product.

    1. Better yet, Apple could update the mini and introduce a display-free prosumer tower above the mini and iMac. Xeons are overkill for most people. But there are many people asking for more power than any mini offers. Also, modest internal expansion wouldn’t be a bad option, especially those folks who have to live with a Windows partition. Then Apple will see how important internal PCI and SATA compatitbility really is.

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