Next MacPro Design Case?

umbilical

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hi, I love my mac pro, but some interesting thing of apple I see always, when a rummor around the world about a new hardware, a lot people create fakes or prototypes... of the new hardware, I remember the fakes of iphone... but never are best than apple real thing..., any fake was close to the real iphone, apple have amazing designers... so Iam corious about the next model of mac pro design... maybe more small?
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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I hope they don't redesign the Mac Pro anytime soon. Sure the Macbook and Macbook Pro have their port issues, screen issues, accessibility issues, but I think the Mac Pro is perfect. A few years down the line it will need a redesign, but right now it is still by far the most beautiful tower computer ever.

PS: I hope they don't make it any smaller. It has great airflow now and has a lot of room. Anyone who buys a Mac Pro would build their office around the computer, you don't need a smaller one since you won't be moving it around.
 

ventro

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Sep 23, 2006
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What's there to redesign? The case is perfect as it is.

The only room for improvement would be a reusable dust filter next to the fan assembly as well as a new SSD-friendly set of drive bays. Also some lower RPM front fans because they don't really need to be going as high as they are going right now.
 

Anuba

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The current trend in Apple's hardware design is A) black elements on silver/aluminium (Alu iMac, MacBook Air keyboard), and B) more curved and sweeping lines (tapered edges on iPhone 3G, tapered casing on MBA).

If this direction is to continue, an overhaul of the MacBook (and/or MacBook Pro) would include a black keyboard and possibly some black ornamentation here or there, and more curvy shapes. The MB Pro has a 'brick' look at the moment, it's sharply rectangular, in contrast to the Mac Pro, the Mac Mini, the MBA and the iMac. These machines are all much rounder. In fact, everything from Apple has distinctly rounded edges except MB/MB Pro. So... yeah, expect the next generation to look like an oversized MacBook Air.
 

CharlieKirk

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Jun 22, 2008
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Apple simply could not ignore everybody who thinks it looks amazing. My fricking 80 year old grandma would think it looked amazing. No redesign for a WHILE.
 

iMacmatician

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If this direction is to continue, an overhaul of the MacBook (and/or MacBook Pro) would include a black keyboard and possibly some black ornamentation here or there, and more curvy shapes.
Apple Keyboard and Apple Pro Keyboard. :D

So... yeah, expect the next generation to look like an oversized MacBook Air.
That is my expectation too. But I really can't think of any new designs for the Mac Pro.
 

DarthTreydor

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May 25, 2007
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Apple might tweak some things on the inside, but I think the outside appearance will stay the same for a while.

Besides, what could they even do to make it better looking? Clear plastic case with glowing red and purple LEDs? I think not.
 

rockinrocker

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i could see them going with a slightly more curved look or something like that, but i'd bet nothing major.

it's a work station, nobody really cares that much what it looks like.
we just care about all that oomph under the hood. :cool:
 

Anuba

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Apple Keyboard and Apple Pro Keyboard. :D
I think it's funny how they keep going full circle and yet somehow manage to convey the notion that they're offering something new and bold... first there were the black G3 PowerBooks. "Ooooh, black, that's sooo hot".

Then came the PB G4 titanium w/ black keys. "Ooooh, metal with black keys, wicked... so much cooler than those stale old black machines".

Then came the all-silver (well, aluminium) PowerBooks. "Ooooh... the all metal look... that's so fresh.... so much better than the stinky old metal/black machines."

Then the all-white iBook. "Oooh baby, white... it's like, wow, what a tasty color".

Then the white MacBook, also available in black (at extra cost). "Oooooh black, what a deep and mysterious and totally revolutionary color... it's like, uh, white, but somehow the exact opposite! It's not like every PC notebook on the planet has looked exactly like this for the last 10 years or anything.".

Then the MacBook Air. "Ooooh, metal with black keys! I've never seen anything like this combo before. Especially not on the PB G4 circa 2002, or the Dell Inspiron 6000 series which was a ripoff of the original PB G4 and is only one of the most common laptops in the world."

I bet the next generation of Macs will be beige and that people will think it's an amazing advancement in design and an industry first. :rolleyes:
 

Anuba

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Apple simply could not ignore everybody who thinks it looks amazing. My fricking 80 year old grandma would think it looked amazing. No redesign for a WHILE.
Yeah, like Apple never killed their babies...

No Apple product is safe because it looks good and/or sells well. I remember a Keynote a couple of years back when Steve bragged about how the iPod Mini was such an amazingly successful product that had sold like hotcakes, unprecedented in Apple's history and yada yada, and then went on to say that "today, we're replacing it". Gone. Poof. Then he pulled out the Nano. No matter how successful any given iPod has been, they keep getting discontinued and replaced by other models, often with a radically different design (see Nano 1 vs 2 vs 3 vs 4 or Shuffle 1 vs 2). Apple doesn't care if you or your grandma thinks the current MBP looks amazing, they're confident you'll like the next one just as much or even more.
 

NRose8989

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Yeah, like Apple never killed their babies...

No Apple product is safe because it looks good and/or sells well. I remember a Keynote a couple of years back when Steve bragged about how the iPod Mini was such an amazingly successful product that had sold like hotcakes, unprecedented in Apple's history and yada yada, and then went on to say that "today, we're replacing it". Gone. Poof. Then he pulled out the Nano. No matter how successful any given iPod has been, they keep getting discontinued and replaced by other models, often with a radically different design (see Nano 1 vs 2 vs 3 vs 4 or Shuffle 1 vs 2). Apple doesn't care if you or your grandma thinks the current MBP looks amazing, they're confident you'll like the next one just as much or even more.
This is true.... everyone moans and groans about how they love the current design and never want it to change..... then BOOM new products and all of a sudden your going over your check book to see if you can afford one.
 

Cromulent

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Oct 2, 2006
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so Iam corious about the next model of mac pro design... maybe more small?
That would be the absolute worst thing Apple could do. The Mac Pro needs the expandability that the current case offers. Any less and you start annoying people. This is a pro machine, size and ergonomics are really a secondary issue compared to practicality and usability. I don't think Apple could do much better in terms of case design.

All I want in the next Mac Pro is a blu-ray re-writing drive as standard :).
 

iMacmatician

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That would be the absolute worst thing Apple could do. The Mac Pro needs the expandability that the current case offers. Any less and you start annoying people. This is a pro machine, size and ergonomics are really a secondary issue compared to practicality and usability. I don't think Apple could do much better in terms of case design.
It doesn't have to be small, just thin… really thin and curved. :D:p
 

Voltaic

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Nov 13, 2007
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What's there to redesign? The case is perfect as it is.

The only room for improvement would be a reusable dust filter next to the fan assembly as well as a new SSD-friendly set of drive bays. Also some lower RPM front fans because they don't really need to be going as high as they are going right now.
Everyone thinks something is "perfect" untill a better design comes along. I think the current tower is very attractive, but would welcome a redesign to make the Mac Pro "cheaper" to the end user, not to fatten Apple's margins.

In the end, beautiful or not, it sits under my desk.
 

SDLSteve

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Dec 27, 2004
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That would be the absolute worst thing Apple could do. The Mac Pro needs the expandability that the current case offers. Any less and you start annoying people. This is a pro machine, size and ergonomics are really a secondary issue compared to practicality and usability. I don't think Apple could do much better in terms of case design.

All I want in the next Mac Pro is a blu-ray re-writing drive as standard :).
I agree with you. Come on blu-ray.
 

nanofrog

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May 6, 2008
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That would be the absolute worst thing Apple could do. The Mac Pro needs the expandability that the current case offers. Any less and you start annoying people. This is a pro machine, size and ergonomics are really a secondary issue compared to practicality and usability. I don't think Apple could do much better in terms of case design.

All I want in the next Mac Pro is a blu-ray re-writing drive as standard :).
Some rework of the interior may be required just to fit the new logic board. ;)
If so, I wouldn't mind a little more attention to some of the details:
  • Improved Cooling
  • Drive bays/(trays) that can accommodate 3.5" or 2.5" drives
 

Saladinos

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Liquid cooling would be great. Don't see why Apple wouldn't do it. Fact that they haven't yet doesn't mean they won't.

The current design is fantastic, though. I hope it doesn't change. The machines are massive and really heavy. It's an iconic design, and I've always wanted one. This January I'll be able to afford one. They don't change the design for 6 years, then all of a sudden, when I want one, it all changes and loses its iconic feel. Typical.

The PowerMac G5 design for me is a bit like the Porsche 911. It's fantastic. It can't change. It defines what an awesome machine should be like.
 

TheReef

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Sep 30, 2007
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The Mac PRO design looks just as good as it did 5 years ago on the G5.
But maybe a front mounted module for a card reader (yes I know a lot of people will hate this, but I say module, optional).

I'm happy…my G5 still doesn't look out of date. :)