Mac Pro case re-design?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ever, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. ever macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    So, assuming that Apple decides to change the name of the PowerMac to "mac pro," don't you think they'd want to ditch the massive wind-tunnel case they're using today? They've already made the point with the PowerBook, iMac, and Mini that "it's still the same Apple." But I think on the PowerMac they'd jump at any opportunity to re-design.

    Particularly to reduce the sheer quantity of Aluminum they have to source for the current case. It would still have aluminum, of course, but significantly less. And the handles could use a redesign. I wouldn't mind seeing the recessed handle design of the iPod Hi-Fi show up on the top of a Mac Pro. The exterior of the handle could be aluminum, and the interior grip a ballistic plastic. What do you think? Anybody wanna make a mockup of this?
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Don't see this happening until after the Intel switch.
  3. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I agree. I'm pretty sure they'll want to stick with "it's still the same Mac" line, just to keep the transition as smooth as possible. In a year or so, once all the entire lineup has moved to Intel , I expect we'll begin to see some major design changes to all of the machines.

    Sorry, I don't like the sound of this. I think it would look a bit odd, not to mention the PM would lose it's spoiler-like handles.
  4. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    ~dreams of core cube with dual sossoman core duo's~
  5. ever thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    But we already had the developer machines with Intels stuck in them. That's boring. PowerMac users don't need such a superficial assurance as a consistent case design in this transition. PowerMac is all about being on the bleeding edge of Apple technology, so we want that to reflect inside the machine and out, if only for bragging rights. I think it would be a major let down if they didn't even try to push the envelope a bit more on Mac Pro. :(
  6. mdavey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Mmm. But it is also a very good way to reduce risks and costs while making the design/development cycle as short as possible. I agree with others, the Mid-2006 Mac Pro will use the same case.

    However, It may be that once the transition is done, Apple will start from the other end of the list - the Mac Pro could be the first Intel Mac to get to rev.B.
  7. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    They would re-design the ACD's too then. Perhaps give them 4 ms, larger contrast and more light. Perhaps make the 20" capable of 1080p video. They seem to have changed the ACD's with every new PowerMac. But I don't hope it will be MacPro. PowerMac is cooler!:cool:
  8. JonnyMac macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2006
    I think they might re-design it, though not drastically. The PowerMac's are huge. Bigger than the G4 PowerMacs and arguably with less in the inside. The big fans/heat sinks the for the G5 were the main reason for the size. I wouldn't mind them keeping a similar design but making the case size on par with the Power Mac G4's.

    If you recall, they didn't update the the ACD for a good while after the G5's were intro'd.
  9. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    With no fans....:D
  10. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    #10's so that they match! Everybody knows that Steve is a fashion fanatic!:p

    I wouldn't mind a new design, but I still like the current one. I don't know about the recessed handles, though. Wouldn't they take up space in the tower?
  11. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    It'll most likely remain as the same design... and that's not a bad thing. :)
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I'll be a huge fan...oh, wait...never mind. ;)
  13. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    After I posted I even though someone was going to say that...hehe

    Would be a great machine though :cool:
  14. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    As far as redesigns go, im kind of disapoined Apple hasn't redesigned ANYTHING yet for the Intel Macs. The MacBooks ABSOLUTELY need a redesign, at least with a widescreen and loss of the ugly white. As far the Mac Pros go however, I'm not sure we'll see anything right now. The Aluminum cases are very sleek and sexy still, even if they have been used a while.

    Professionals that are going to buy MP's are people that don't really care as much about asthetics if it means more raw power and capability. That being said, it seems doubtful Apple will end the good thing they have going right now, possibility a year after the Mac Pros are switch then we may see a redesigned MP along with new ACDs.
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i think we'll see a redesign. because the reason for the G5 PowerMacs taking on the form that they have is because of the need to dissipate heat. with the switch to Intel i can easily see them changing the enclousure.
  16. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    Like these?


    I made this one below in three minutes, it's kinda gross.
    But dwellable. (<word?)

  17. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Not all of us. Just some developers .... I have never even seen a picture of a Intel dev machine.

    Oh, and nice mockups, _bnkr612 ... I like the top one best! That would be cool for about ~1200 for a prosumer machine in the iMac's price range ... I'm sure people who want power, but no integrated display would buy them like hotcakes.... and Jobs could have another crack at his beloved Cube ;)
  18. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    Since the Intel chips are going to run cooler, the cases won't need to be as large. Look forward to a smaller form factor. It would be awesome if they went with the same design, only smaller and lighter. And instead of silver case, have it be gun-metal grey with silver or black apple logo. The ACD would have a smaller bevel and be gun-metal grey as well. :)
  19. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    Why make it smaller, just give it bigger heat sinks so the fans can run slower = less noise, add a HDD bay, give it SLi graphics and 4 CPU's ;)

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