It could have been so beautiful

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Restes, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Restes macrumors newbie


    Nov 1, 2013
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
  3. Celedral macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I still prefer an aluminum finish as opposed to the black glossy one.
  4. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    hm... Just curious about the thinking behind the perforations... is it mainly to make it lighter and use less material? Or is it meant to be functional at well... so you can see how full your trash can is? :D ;)
  5. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    i do like the aluminum look better but I'm warming up to the black .. if apple releases a black 32" 4k display .. omg:eek:
  6. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
  7. haravikk, Nov 1, 2013
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    haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Looks a lot like a microphone. Actually, it looks even more like a trash can, almost identical to one I had from IKEA a few years ago.

    The idea of an all round perforation isn't bad though, as it could be used to pull in more air, but I think the thermal core thing covers the new Mac Pro pretty well.

    I actually really like the new Mac Pro design, though I actually wish it were more black than shiny; it looks awesome on the Mac Pro page, but when you see it in real-world settings I'm actually not as keen. Still looks good, but it's going to depend a lot on what you put around it.
  8. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Pretty neat. Perforations make it look a little like a speaker. Maybe if the perforated area was space grey. Still interesting.
  9. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    It reminds me of a microphone. They wouldn't do this due to branding issues. imic doesn't sound that great and iphone is taken:p.
  10. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    There would have to be some reinforcement under the holes. One misplaced finger and you have a dent you can't get out.
  11. gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
    The new MP has taken the cooling system design applied to the old G4 lamp shade iMac and developed a way of making a much more powerful Mac cool much better than the Cube G4 they designed previously. Windtunnel design works nicely from bottom to top. The structure is dictated by this design. It is clever I reckon.
  12. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    Exactly - my first thought was "why a round cheese grater?".

    The cheese grater design is very old and stale, IMO it would be a mistake to burden the new Mac Mini Pro with design ties to the old maxi-tower.

    And I think that the Mac Mini Pro is a phenomenal upgrade for the Mac Mini. (And a phenomenal price increase - but what the heck, it's from Apple.)

    But, unless your main workflow is a small memory, primarily OpenCL-based set of apps -- the Mac Mini Pro is a disaster.

    They should have named it the "Mac FCPX", since it seems to be focused solely on that one app.
  13. Celedral macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
  14. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    The first question that popped into my head was... "I wonder if I could shave with that?" Looks more like a Gillette product
  15. td2243 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2013
    Santa Fe, NM
    I don't care what color it is. I just with the $2999 model came with 512gb and 6 core. THEN, I'd justify it.
  16. d-m-a-x macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
  17. Yidahoo macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2013
    You seem to be missing the point that it's a cylinder design due to the Unified Thermal Core, which means it doesn't need the cheese grater air vents. With the amount of fur our cat molts, this would end up looking like a headless teddy bear after a few months :)

  18. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Yeah, I think the holes would put the thermal design into fits.

    Imagine heater vents with perforated vent work in the walls. Not much velocity to air movement.

    When I think "it could have been" I imagine a slightly smaller chassis, lower and swoopier. Either NO OD or a single.

    Lower and squatter with Dual CPU, 8-12 RAM slots and 4-6 PCIE slots. All good with PCIE SSD but like in an iMac (an iMac, fer crissake) you can have an SSD AND a HD or 4. USB 3 , PCIE 3 and TB2. Imagine being amazed that they had ADDED to MP instead of all the stuff they took out.

    Specs that would have the serious crowd nodding in appreciation instead of snickering at "the sheep".
  19. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Yah the holes around the edges would totally destroy the "chimney" effect they are using to cool the thing.

    A bit wider, a bit longer and we could have had dual CPU and more storage.

    Size matters.
  20. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    I'm not saying that the late 2013 Mac Pro is perfect but it looks much better than the two shown in this thread so far.
  21. quatermass macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2009
    These images demonstrate why Ive gets to design Apple products, and you, or we, don't. He's very, very good, and we're very very mediocre.

    I'm happy that it's this way round!
  22. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2012
    Galatians 3:13-14
    I agree - unless maybe it were a matte/brushed black finish instead of glossy.

    So that the cheese can be grated in 360° of course! :)

    LOL that's funny!

    Yes yes yes! And one of those 6 PCIe 3.0 slots could have been a third x16, and yet another slot or two at x8 to have an option between the x4 and x16 extremes in the current config (for example, for RAID cards that need more than x4 but less than x16 for full throughput).
  23. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    I'd have been happy if they just gave us this new design but with two slots for SSDs; I just can't understand why there's only one except that they're probably maxing out the PCIe bandwidth with two GPUs, a PCIe SSD and six Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    Even so, I can't believe they couldn't find a way to fit a slim 2.5" drive on the other side, as they could have just used regular SATA for that, giving us access to at least an internal Fusion Drive.

    They could also have given us eSATA, maybe even Mini-SAS ports to take advantage of the SATA support in the chipset. Would also have made it easier for people to migrate existing external RAID, rather than having to look for PCIe adaptors.

    Those small extras would have made it perfect, as otherwise I love the new form factor.

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