Third-Party Security Lock for New Mac Pro Announced

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new Mac Pro is immaculately designed to waste as little space as possible, but for a multi-thousand dollar machine, many businesses and schools will look for a way to secure the machine so it isn't easily stolen.

    Some owners have built custom locking systems, while Apple uses an ethernet-based security cable at its Apple Retail Stores that doesn't actually lock the device, but it does set off an alarm if someone tries to steal it.

    For those uninterested in the "do-it-yourself" look, has created a new security bracket that tucks inside the edges of the rear access panel, around the power cord, adding a more permanent security solution to the Mac Pro.

    The Mac Pro Lock Security Bracket is available for preorder from for $90. The company estimates it will ship by late February.

    Article Link: Third-Party Security Lock for New Mac Pro Announced
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2009
    Dublin, Ireland
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2013
    It has to be black or it looks stupid. It is a minimal design though and is cheap compared to coat of product.
  5. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
    The Shire
    I'd imagine having to unplug all of the accessories would put a potential thief off just as much ;). And what school owns a Mac Pro?
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    A needed deterrent/delay against thefts in public settings. I don't begrudge them the price for being first! (I'd consider buying something for less. A drop in the bucket vs. the machine's own cost, of course.)

    And it's clever: I had imagined something cheap/simple that just poked into one of the bottom vents; but now I see that wouldn't stop the case from being opened/dismantled.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    The handles/weight of the 2006-2012 MacPro was it's own theft deterrent :D
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Full Sail
    RH School of design
    Cranbrook Academy of Art
    School of Visual Arts, NY
    Pratt Institue

    Just a few great schools.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    I'm very surprised that there isn't a security slot on the device, I never noticed before. (I don't claim to be an engineer, but) wouldn't something like that have been a fairly important thing to add in the first place?
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2009
    Visual deterrent as well as a physical one.

    As an owner, you wouldn't want some opportunistic thief even failing in an attempt to make off with your tethered precious cylinder in case they caused it damage in the process.

    This says "don't even THINK about it buddy!"
  11. macrumors member


    Oct 24, 2006
    Silicon Valley
    I'm waiting for someone to create a coffee warmer box that slips over the Mac Pro. Granted it would be a very tall coffee warmer, but no one steals a coffee warmer. :)
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    I never realized that it didn't have a security slot.

    I guess they'll be removing it from the iMac and mini soon (the airs and retinas don't have them either, but at least the reason for that is the thinness doesn't allow the slot on those).

    I don't know why they wouldn't put it on a desktop machine.

    A $3000+ desktop machine.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    It really doesn't have a lock slot built in? That's ridiculous!
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Which new Macs do?
  15. mrkramer, Jan 27, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 27, 2014

    macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    iMacs do, that appears to be the only ones now.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    What if you cut the power cable and slide the lock plate up?
  17. macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    If you're going through that much trouble you can probably just use your wire cutters on the lock cable instead of risking electrocuting yourself cutting through the power cord. I think these locks are more designed to stop a quick grab than a really dedicated thief.
  18. macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2002
    Mac mini no longer has one

    The Mac mini already lost its security slot, so it seems like the Mac Pro is just continuing the trend.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2008
  20. macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2007
    My high school has (had?) 6 of the older Mac Pros back in 2005 while I was there. Each with a 30" cinema display.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    The University of Texas at Dallas has installed about 20 (that I counted) of them in their new Art+Technology building
  22. macrumors 68000

    Sep 25, 2004
    What?? A normal car doesn't even come with a security/car alarm. It has to be installed. Isn't it the owner's responsibility to take care of their items?
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2014
    Mac Pro Lock

    Hey guys first time poster here.

    I saw this result come through on google and I have to say that I am relieved and I couldn't care less what the color of the piece is.

    I have been waiting to get Mac Pros for my design team and wouldn't make the investment/upgrade without having a lock.

    You'll probably overlook the fact that the color doesn't match or X,Y,Z isn't what you like when you get to your workstation and the $4000 machine you own is exactly where you left it.

    Thanks Maclocks!
  24. prowlmedia, Jan 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014

    macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    You mean the security slot it takes 2 seconds to break if you know how. They are pointless.


    The power socket doesn't have a security lock... you could just unplug it then cut the wire.

    In fact... you can open A kensington lock with a piece of cardboard toilet roll holder. Just tried it on a brand new K-Lock. It works. pointless things - but may stop someone grabbing it on the way past.

    Doesn't mean Apple couldn't have done something better of course.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    Well, my car does come with a key. It's up to me to decide to lock the car or not, or improve its security in other ways.

    Sorry but no, there is no way to justify the lack of the security lock slot. I'd be happier if they had made a custom slot and a separate device to rip off some extra cash like the do with iPhone cases, for instance.

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