nMP rear ports illumination

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by zen, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. zen macrumors 68000

    zen

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    #1
    Just a random question - how does the Mac Pro know when to turn the rear port illumination on? I haven't seen a machine in person, but it seems that the unit does not have a pedestal on which the machine turns - so to turn it, you literally just turn the machine around on the desk. So how does it know what orientation the machine is in, in order to turn the port lights on?

    Also - tangentially - if you have all the ports occupied, isn't turning it around going to be a major pain, with potentially 15 cables plugged in plus the power lead?
     
  2. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    #2
    It just responds to any movement. So when an earthquake happens you can use it to tell you that yes, and earthquake just happened.
     
  3. zen thread starter macrumors 68000

    zen

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    #3
    Oh - so any movement of the machine while it is on, and the ports light up?
     
  4. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

    ChristianJapan

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Location:
    日本
    #4
    Isn't it magical ? :p

    Other then magic it could be an accelerometer or a proximity sensor ... Like in the iDevices
     
  5. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    #5
    Yes any movement of the device. It's an accelerometer. Presumably ordinary vibrations (walking on the floor) won't set it off.
     
  6. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

    ChristianJapan

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Location:
    日本
    #6
    And hopefully no earthquake ... It would light up here too often :rolleyes:
     
  7. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    #7
    The illumination works even when the machine is turned off (although of course you need to have the power connected). source
     
  8. bvhmac1 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    #8
    It seems to me that it would have been more useful for the actual ports to light up rather than a rounded rectangle surrounding the types of ports. That way you could guide the cable into the port with ease.
     
  9. Arran macrumors 68040

    Arran

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2008
    Location:
    Atlanta, USA
    #9
    I tried turning one in an Apple store a few days ago and nothing lit up. Sadly disappointed.

    The machine was on, btw. Before anyone asks. :)
     
  10. Spinland macrumors 6502

    Spinland

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Location:
    Utica, NY, USA
    #10
    It only performs for its master. ;)
     

Share This Page