Any news on Mac Pro updated Chassis?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by derbothaus, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    I am quite sick of the cheese grater. Going on, what, 7 Years now. I think a redesign is in order. I will be slightly peeved if all they do is the internals, again. Anyone else?
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    What is mac Pro? :rolleyes::apple:
    It will never be redesigned. :)
     
  3. derbothaus thread starter macrumors 601

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    Honestly, I don't think that many want an Apple redesign of the Mac pro. It will most likely be thinner and lighter, things that aren't necessary for the Mac Pro, but that Apple would add for the lulz.
     
  5. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Well, we know the side it going to look like this:

    [​IMG]

    Classic Apple Logo, FTW!
     
  6. WardC macrumors 68030

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    And, this was a picture of my own artists conception (but you can count the Blu-Ray out because that is never going to happen!!):

    [​IMG]
     
  7. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    Other than "I am bored with the look" what is wrong with it. What aspects are functionally deficient ? What doesn't it do well ?
     
  8. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Just make the apple logo black to differentiate it. Maybe black glass for the optical drive doors.
     
  9. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Also cheese grater= antennae transparency and heat dissipation while retaining a metal look.
     
  10. Chilla Frilla macrumors member

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    Can somebody whip up a quick rendition of JesterJJZ's thought? I'm curious to see how that would look like, it sounds very interesting. :)
     
  11. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Be nice if they offered up a small range of colour options.
     
  12. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Will this suffice?

    [​IMG]
     
  13. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Sold...
     
  14. Chilla Frilla macrumors member

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    ...I'll take seven. :p
     
  15. derbothaus thread starter macrumors 601

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    There is nothing wrong with it functionally. I could go for 4-Full 16x PCI slots, eSATA, HDMI and a single 6-core choice with 8 memory slots nothing else dumbed down either. Keep the same part but clock it higher as apps still can't seem to use 80% of the 8-cores anyway. It could be much smaller. They could tool the handles so they don't cut into your hands. 5/6-Drive bays would be nice. I love the current rack implementation btw.
    It is a nice machine (inside).
    But I guess I am thinking something a little more in line with the rest of Apples line-up. Some black trim or a black anodized cheese grater. I don't know. You nailed it. I am sick of seeing it. Looked great right after the G4 MDD's and in line with the aluminum Powerbooks. But that time has passed. It looks out of place to me. Not in a good way like "classic" or anything. Just unimaginative. So everyone is expecting the same, updated procs (6-core), low-mid range video cards (if you are lucky), same DDR3 memory. Seems like an afterthought.
     
  16. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    there are a several internal Mac Pro Blu-Ray kits that you can buy.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/optical-drives/superdrives/blu-ray


    For the other mac models may have point, but this is trivially done since there is an empty drive bay provided.

    [ Sure you can't play movies, but you can use the drive for data. In terms of "looks" it matches the picture only no exterior non apple logo ... which isn't happening for anybody or anything so that isn't new. ]
     
  17. Icaras macrumors 603

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    It'd be nice if you could sneak in the blu-ray logo on those drive bay doors as well....:D
     
  18. Blu-Ray macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure he meant full Blu-ray functionality... not just for data Read/Write.
     
  19. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    That's why I put the parenthetical quote in there. However, it might help nudge Apple along if folks didn't make a big issue out of the movie playing part and bigger issue out of not having the read/write capability.

    Apple doesn't need to open a "big bang of hurt" to put a blu-ray data drive in. In fact, I'm pretty sure the OS supports them right now. It just isn't part of the configs they sell. [ Yeah sure there will be folks who will ask how come movie doesn't work. Just point them to a big bag of hurt video and clearly denote it in the tech specs and marketing. ]


    One thing that is probably helping prop up Apple's resistance is that Blu-ray drives still cost a bit more than DVD RW combo drives. If the price point of Blu-ray read + Combo everything else drives went down below $100 and closer to the the $50-70 slot loaders that Apple, they'd look increasingly goofy saying can't do it. Apple isn't going to tilt the whole blu-ray drive market prices but incremental adoption helps. The adoption rate is heavily influenced on price. Second on folks getting disks to use.



    Take the movie stuff off the table. Apple has conflicts with that. Could possibly make them focus on loosing out on not selling CTO options that folks would select in profitable numbers.

    Until SDXC flash drive cards get to be as cheap as Blu-ray disks ( $5-8), it makes sense for sneaker net data transfers and small essential data backups. (yeah sure you need to rotate media but all of them have that problem.) Or at least put the problem of the next "give away" level pricing storage medium that isn't optical to Apple. What is the better 21st century version of the floppy disk that is better than Blu-ray data ?

    People complain about the Mac Pro case. The "SuperDrive" was "super" before the current case model. It is even older.
     

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