nMP rear ports illumination

zen

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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?
 

Cubemmal

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Jun 13, 2013
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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?
It just responds to any movement. So when an earthquake happens you can use it to tell you that yes, and earthquake just happened.
 

zen

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It just responds to any movement. So when an earthquake happens you can use it to tell you that yes, and earthquake just happened.
Oh - so any movement of the machine while it is on, and the ports light up?
 

bvhmac1

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Jan 1, 2012
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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.
 

Arran

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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. :)
 
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