Ok, now who's switching, or not

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jeff7117, Oct 27, 2016.

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You don't want to buy 1000 day old hardware so you will:

  1. continue waiting, it's only another 3-9 months or more.

    29 vote(s)
    31.2%
  2. build a Hackintosh.

    20 vote(s)
    21.5%
  3. get a windows workstation and move on with your life.

    44 vote(s)
    47.3%
  1. zync macrumors 68000

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    #26
    Yeah, I have a feeling if I went through and freshly installed from Clover I would have even less issues (and I have relatively none, I usually do nothing for point updates and the only reason I had Sierra issues were due to going bleeding edge this time). My build is a golden build.

    I only upgraded because I was getting tons of issues in After Effects under the last versions of El Cap and AE and they are better under Sierra so far.

    I just saw that there's a PCIe adapter to use a real mac networking card so most of the other features work too. Maybe without hacking UUIDs? Just glanced over it, but that's awesome.
    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...ini-cards-pcie-and-mini-pcie-adapters.147734/
     
  2. turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I use one of those PCIe wi/fi bluetooth cards - All works and is seen by Mac OS as native hardware. Totally worth it.
     
  3. zync macrumors 68000

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    Right now my bluetooth is a tiny dongle on my keyboard that you can't even see that is 3 inches from my mouse, haha. And I haven't needed WiFi, but seeing as the hardware is genuine and a lot of the iCloud stuff looks at that...that setup is pretty sweet. I could drop my old MBP stuff out of Clover and get a more native experience with iMessage that would need even less tweaking. And I wouldn't have to worry that they're going to change something and lock me out. Yeah, I'll probably do that haha.
     
  4. turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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    Continuity and Handoff support was the original reason many on Tonymac went w/ the PCIe card - Just made good sense to me to have the OS see things as natively as possible (as you actually are using a native piece of hardware in the PCIe adapter).

    Good call to go that route at some point. No real downside other than $50 or so.
     
  5. dazzer21-2 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a previous gen model, now. It'll be powerful enough for what I need. Windows isn't an option. Mind not blown at all with the new one. Oh well...
     
  6. zync macrumors 68000

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    Indeed. About that time everyone was trying everything to get iMessage to work and I was joining the camp of using my other IDs to spoof. Nothing adverse happened, but it would be nice for this machine to have it's own. The closer I can get to an actual system (but faster haha) the better. Thanks, I will definitely get it when I have more time to mess with it.
     
  7. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

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    I'm somewhat glad they didn't announce a new mini or Pro, because my wallet might have gotten tempted!

    It just feels weird they can't even offer a CPU/GPU bump for either desktop. But I suppose they would have had to go "all in" and swap out the TB2 ports for TB3, which obviously would have used more Apple resources at a time when they're focusing on notebooks.
     
  8. zync macrumors 68000

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    It is weird. I saw someone say that you'd think a company with $200B in the bank could afford R&D. And I'm kind of inclined to agree with that. I don't understand why it seems like they can only work on like two products at a time. They really should just have a consumer division and a pro division with oversight by Ive on both. And maybe hire someone else, so they could both focus on the details. Ive is not the only good industrial designer on the planet.
     
  9. turbineseaplane, Oct 28, 2016
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    turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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    #34
    I think the Mini is totally a dead man walking quite honestly.

    The original mission of the Mini was to entice switchers from Windows in a way where they could just use their existing mouse/keyboard/monitor and get "into the Mac" for a low price.

    That doesn't seem to be something they really care about anymore (to me anyhow)
     
  10. 5590982 macrumors member

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    I kinda switched already around a year ago; bought a top-spec iMac 5k as a holdover before what seemed like an inevitable big, impressive Mac Pro refresh. I was prepared to flip it the moment the workstation became available...

    When it didn't come, I prepared myself for the inevitable parting of ways with some Bootcamp training.

    A year later, and I've not been in my Mac partition for god knows how long. Windows 10 really isn't as horrifying a proposition as you might fear. It's running at full resolution now and frankly I'm loving having access to a world of obscure, niche software that is normally out of the reach of the Apple purist. In fact, some of the tools I have available to me now are kinda making me kick myself for not switching sooner.

    And on a final note... I can't pretend that stuff like being able to play the new DOOM on max settings isn't a bunch of fun....
     
  11. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

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    It's not about the R&D money, more like lack of skilled engineers. Sure, Apple gets the best, but there are only so many to go around. When Apple tries to stretch itself, it really shows.
     
  12. LorenK macrumors 6502

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    Apple doesn't do shows for processor upgrades, so it is not unreasonable to continue to hope that Apple will do processor and GPU upgrades for its desktops for Christmas. I have a 2008 Mac Pro and while it runs fine, software is starting to get glitchy, and I may have to move certain functions onto my MacMini, which will be a pain.

    DO YOU HEAR ME APPLE? I DON"T WANT AN ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION, I DON'T WANT A LAPTOP, I WANT A DESKTOP THAT HAS POWER, WITH UP-TO-DATE PROCESSORS AND GPU, AND IS FLEXIBLE. Thank you.
     
  13. AdamSeen macrumors member

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    I got a mini ITX 1080 GTX build a while back and have been getting used to windows for gaming for a while. I feel apple can't deliver to the pro market and there's too much sacrifice in terms of lack of updates and cost to being on their eco-system.

    I'm looking at sound proofing my existing build, as it's a bit too noisy for a home office environment, if I can get the sound levels to where I want them (probably have to replace the founders edition 1080 GPU with a quieter one) then I'm going to see if I can handle windows. If it goes well, I'm back on the PC.
     
  14. 5590982 macrumors member

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    Windows10 is decent. It's not Mac OS, let's be clear, but it's not the overwhelmingly confusing, illogical, ugly nightmare that a lot of potential switchers are afraid of.
    When I switched I spent a good while languishing at 7 before making the move to 10, and I hated it.
    10 is way, way more in line with what you're coming to from recent releases of Mac OS.

    Again, it's nowhere near as good as MacOS - but the more Apple Expats start using and making demands of Windows, it might get there... one day.
     
  15. NostromoUK macrumors regular

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    I'm veering towards a Hackintosh..

    Can someone cleverer than me tell me how a GTX980 6GB GPU compares to the Dual AMD FirePro D300s or D500s on the trashcan? o_O
     
  16. ITguy2016 Suspended

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    Hopefully your workflow is such that making a quick switch is possible. If not I'd recommend at least thinking over what it would take to make a switch in order to avoid delays should you have / decide to do so.
     
  17. 5590982 macrumors member

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    For some reason this is the image that immediately comes to mind when I try to picture new members of the Hackintosh community...

    141007say-anything1.jpg
     
  18. antonis macrumors 68020

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    Absolutely true. They should have created consumer and pro divisions long ago, when things started to get mixed dangerously. Also, imho, Ive should only have responsibility for the former.
     
  19. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a

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    No idea what this 'November event' rumor is about. And waiting until 'January 1'? Why? Apple has never released anything (at least any desktops) in December. If you're going to wait, then wait until March/April for the next most likely event cycle.

    I've got a 2009 iMac that's on it's last legs, and a similar aged 2.4 GHz PC. I have straddled macOS and Windows OS for several years. But I'm in the market for a workstation now, so I could go either Hackintosh or build my own Windows PC.

    I am definitely leaning towards just building a new Windows PC workstation. Waiting for Apple has become incredibly tiresome.
     
  20. pat500000 Suspended

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    According to ming, Ipad pro is suppose to come out in spring.
     
  21. JimGoshorn macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it's time to just ask the Magic 8 Ball...
     
  22. mrxak macrumors 68000

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    Photoshop, pretty much, just quite not as good. Lightroom, not sure yet but it's on my list to look into. InDesign, Illustrator, don't know/don't really need those. MSOffice, absolutely.

    I'm still taking a look at software myself, for what I need, and I plan to dual-boot into Windows for gaming, but if necessary I can use some software in that too.
     

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