Apple’s ‘new’ Mac Pro is a joke; a plain and simple failure

“I think the ‘new’ Mac Pro (‘trashcan Mac’) is a joke; and it’s not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model ‘new’ in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters,” John Kheit writes for The Mac Observer.

“While its trashcan form factor may work well for some (perhaps, as a new Mac mini pro, or maybe Mac Pro mini), it’s inadequate for traditional Mac creatives/professionals,” Kheit writes. “For real pros, it’s a plain and simple failure.”

“In fact, a lot of professional Mac users are still clutching to their aluminum tower ‘classic’ Mac Pros (‘cMP’). The latest 2010 and (meaninglessly bumped) 2012 cMP models are particularly coveted in forums like Mac Rumors‘ Mac Pro forums and holding on to their values well if you look around eBay or Other World Computing,” Kheit writes. “And for good reason. Those machines are just better than the trashcan Mac.”

Apple's all-new Mac Pro
Apple’s “all-new” Mac Pro

 
Much more, including how “Apple Needs to Reimagine a New and Improved Mac Pro,” 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 only have five guys from NeXT working around the clock trying to do all the work on a shoestring budget. Can’t manage to have a compatible Remote app or Apple Music-capable Siri for the Apple TV launch, forcing most reviewers to harp on those two issues tarnishing the wonderful Siri Remote in the process. Can’t have enough Pencils and Keyboards for iPad Pro. Seriously? Can’t have any stock on hand for two months after the so-called the Apple Watch launch date. Can’t update their professional Mac for nearly two years and counting.

Why are these amateurish mistakes and lapses happening with startling regularity? You know, besides mismanagement? Or too much happening too quickly to ever manage to get a handle on things (which, by the way, actually falls under mismanagement, as well).

Oh, you say, but Apple is making tons of money! Why, yes, they certainly are!

Listen, let’s be honest, Steve Ballmer could’ve generated the same kind of money “running” Apple Inc. given the massive momentum Steve Jobs handed over at his death. Sometimes, in fact, it looks like Steve Ballmer is running Apple. Although, no, it doesn’t really, because even Ballmer would have updated the Mac Pro by now, made sure he had enough Apple Watches ready so as not to pretty much totally kill launch momentum, and also had enough Pencils and Keyboards on hand for the iPad Pro launch. Of course, Ballmer would have never had the handle on the big picture that Tim Cook has – our issues with launches under Cook have to do solely with launch supplies and software polish.

We’re coming up on two years now (this December 19th) since the Mac Pro debuted with no updates which, along with the rest of the string of snafus (going back to John Browett, Apple Maps, no iMacs for Christmas 2012, no iPad 2 units for launch, etc.), is what understandably prompts this sort of “joke” and “failure” talk and the feeling that Apple is a bit sloppy in recent years.

We hold Apple to a high standard and we expect the company to execute better than they have of late.

SEE ALSO:
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Apple may be prepping a Mac Pro refresh for early 2016 – August 25, 2015
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First impressions: Apple’s new Mac Pro – June 20, 2014
Hardware.Info reviews Apple’s Mac Pro: Revolutionary, Apple reinvents the workstation – June 17, 2014
Houston Chronicle reviews Apple Mac Pro: Unmatched by any Windows system – March 12, 2014
Review: Apple’s $3999 6-core Mac Pro is an impressive computer – February 26, 2014
Ars Technica pro reviews Apple’s 2013 Mac Pro: Powerful, but it isn’t always a clear upgrade – January 28, 2014
T3 Mac Pro review: Unboxing, hands-on, and first impressions – December 20, 2013
ITProPortal reviews Apple’s Mac Pro: One of the best premium desktops we’ve ever tested – January 14, 2014
PC Magazine reviews Apple’s Mac Pro: Stunning, astonishing, Editors’ Choice – December 27, 2013
The New York Times reviews Apple’s Mac Pro: Deeply futuristic; extremely, ridiculously fast and powerful – December 26, 2013
The Verge reviews Apple’s new Mac Pro: Unlike anything the PC industry’s ever seen – December 23, 2013
Engadget reviews Apple’s new Mac Pro: In a league of its own – December 23, 2013
The first 24 hours with Apple’s new Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro X 10.1 (with video) – December 20, 2013
T3 Mac Pro review: Unboxing, hands-on, and first impressions – December 20, 2013
Apple’s powerful new Mac Pro a good value; far from the most expensive high-end Mac or high-end PCs – December 20, 2013
CNET hands on: Apple’s radically reimagined Mac Pro is a powerhouse performer – December 20, 2013

110 Comments

  1. I would LOVE to have a Mac Pro for a house full of kids/folks with movies, emails, music, pictures and what-nots. It would be the greatest machine I could possibly imagine for that!

    Sadly, there is no need to spend so much when I can do all that on a 27″ iMac. Five years ago, maybe, not so much now.

    Even sadder, why is the Mac Pro built? If it is for pros, why not give them what they want? I could honestly do as much in a family situation with a hopped-up Mini as a Pro, just not as fast (but so what? Add SSDs, ThunderSupmtin’ externals and go!)

    So back to the Pro question; Why not just say “hey, we fucked up! During all that iPhone/iPad hullabaloo we forgot what people need to BUILD our crap with!!! Silly us. Oh, look at the TIME.”

    WATCH out, Apple….Watch out.
    In this P/C-upped world, one bad rumor/falsehood/dodge left the you should’ve dodged right can ruin a ‘cool’ company forever.

    (at least that’s what I read on MySpace…..)

  2. I’ve recently begun to convert from Windows 7 64-bit to El Capitan, ’cause I’m so disappointed and mistrusting of Windows 10. My next PC is a refurbished late 2012 model, Mac Mini, i5 2.5, 16gb RAM and 512gb SSD. More than sufficient for my needs. I did look at the Mac Pro, but it was stupidly expensive and overkill, for me.

  3. I need a “truck”!
    I need multiple internal disks with 3 different bootable OSs.
    I need easy upgradable GCs and memory.
    Well, for Final Cut, the new Mac Pro is faster than my 2010… But it just doesn’t match with my needs.
    Maybe I’m not that alone, and a reason why Sir Ive has gotten almost invisible these times?…

  4. I agree that Apple execution has been less than stellar lately. However regarding the Mac Pro update, Intel is more to blame. Intel hasn’t release a Xeon CPU worth upgrading since 2013. Intel has no competition and it shows. Unless Apple do his own CPU for the Mac Pro, this 3 years cycle won’t change any time soon. I like my new Mac Pro better than my old one. The only complain I have with it, is the fact that you can’t upgrade the graphic cards each year.

    1. Mac Pro form factor updates are not tied to Intel roadmaps. Or at least they shouldn’t be.

      Apple know, KNOWS based on feedback and complaints, that there’d be an instant and massive jump in Mac Pro orders even if they kept the exact same CPU and graphics capabilities if they replaced the trashcan with a proper tower with plenty of room for internal expansion.

      Sure, some would still hold off for the next gen Xeon CPUs, and they’d catch some flak for using 2013 tech (though I believe there’s been at least an iterative Xeon update since 2013, don’t have time to verify), but at least it’s not doubling down on a terrible workstation form factor.

  5. I need speedy drives in Mac Pro but black trashcan does not deliver what I need.
    2013 Mac Pro 6,1 Samsung XP941 drive – 1180 MB/s Read and 900 MB/s Write – and no way to speed it up.

    Old trusty 2010 Mac Pro 5,1 + Amfeltec Squid x4 + Samsung 4 x SM951 – 5900 MB/s Read and 5800 MB/s Write – Hallelujah!!!

    http://barefeats.com/hard210.html

    The same goes with graphic cards like D300 / D500 comapring with 2x Nvidia 980 in 2010 Mac Pro with external PSU.

  6. Apple is getting distracted by consumer trends. That’s more than obvious.

    I’m in the market for a new iPhone, but the pricing is no longer friendly. $500 + 2 years of subsidy? That’s a hard pill to swallow. But people keep buying iPhones, so Apple won’t listen to the little guy anymore.

    The Mac Pro is a casualty of this new world.

    1. Why does Apple wait? So they can sell us some more stupid adapters? The rate of Apple’s connector change is now getting to be faster than chassis updates.

      Ive and Cook need to go. Please get someone who has done serious computing to design a real workstation for Apple.

  7. I Agree with the issues of quality control and glitches we seem to constantly get on software at the min From Apple
    but i don’t agree with attacking Tim as he is doing a great job. The issues with the Mac Pro can be separated into a Two issues Apple can fix as soon as tech is ready
    Problems:
    1. Apple needs to have a super fast and direct Pcie port connection that takes direct external cards using an externally “Designed by apple’ pcie card bay that can house at least 3 Pcie cards.
    This would fix the issue many hardcore users have
    2. Apple has no power over the chip design and its time frame blame Intel as minor chip increments won’t change anything when the increments are to do with power usage.
    3. Memory speed is about to take a massive leap but again Apple has to wait for it to be ready so memory speed is in limbo also not Apples fault.

    I do think external storage could also be something Apple could design as a bolt on so that people could just add drives if thats what they need as it is very ugly seeing so many other brands on my desk with so many wires some users will just have the main computer but others can by the other family members in the form of the drive expansion and pie expansion so all bases are then covered.

    Apple can easily appease the hardcore power users by adding these two new members of the pro family both designed by apple and with direct plug input to make them direct connections using apple tech that works.
    1. external Pcie Card bay expansion
    2. External Drive bay expansion

    processors and memory are a global issue for the next super speed bump in real processing terms.
    Don’t Blame Apple for these issues as any current increase would be token at best
    I think the next pro will be the one we all drool over as soon as the new chips and memory are available.

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