1. We applaud the new announcement of the next generation Mac Pro, but Apple did not realize they had a problem until their best cheerleaders railed against them for half a year about the embarrassing state of the Mac Pro. Marco Arment, John Gruber, etc. 2. Further proof ... nVidia has only now announced Pascal support for the Mac. If regular updates were in the cards for the Mac Pro, drivers would have been released much sooner and kept up to date. In fact, there are some threads on this very board that suggest Apple was stonewalling nVidia from producing compatible drivers for their Pascal cards. This suggests the direction towards the modular Mac Pro was only undertaken very recently. 3. Thermal performance is NOT the reason for not releasing a new Mac Pro in the trash can form factor. GPU's have become increasingly more power efficient over time, not less! While a modular case design is certainly still the better option for peak performance, an updated GPU design in the trash can form factor would still have been a very worthwhile update. 4. It may take Apple a year and a half to engineer a new Mac Pro, but that is not remotely necessary. Intel has reference designs, and most computer manufacturers release updated PC's within a couple of months of a major chipset/processor revision. In short, nearly all computer companies release new computers ... why can't the largest computer company in the world release one? The answer, of course, is that they completely ignored the issues until their feet were held to the fire this year, and that's why we're now a year out from the Mac Pro that ought to exist this year.