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LoopRumors believes that Apple is staging a redesign of its Mac Pro systems. The new systems are said to be smaller, with a new cooling system that will direct hot air out the top of the system rather than the back.

When Apple introduced the Mac Pro in August last year, it left the design of its pro system largely untouched outside of slight internal shifts and the addition of a second optical drive. The Mac Pro was first rumored to be updated last year, with reports that Apple's research and development efforts having been completed some time ago, however the Mac Pro remains unchanged since its introduction.
 

spicyapple

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I hope it has a smaller form factor, although once Apple puts in 160-cores and room for a 12-drive SATA RAID... I don't know about that! :)

The size I don't mind... if only they could make it lighter. oooy.
 

pianoman

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i'd like to see a smaller Mac Pro but it'd be hard to fit 1TB of hard drive space with 8 cores (rumored) while keeping everything cool and functioning properly.

i'd also like to see something besides brushed metal. Apple's used it for a while and it might be time to move on.
 

0007776

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i'd like to see a smaller Mac Pro but it'd be hard to fit 1TB of hard drive space with 8 cores (rumored) while keeping everything cool and functioning properly.

The 1TB shouldn't be hard since a 1TB drive is coming out sometime this year.
 

zap2

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Hope so...Apple's whole Mac line needs a redisign..they look nice, but a little dated. The iMac and MacBook Pro are on the top of the list, the Mini and the MacBook are on the bottom of the list.
 

pianoman

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The 1TB shouldn't be hard since a 1TB drive is coming out sometime this year.

i meant to say 4TB (referring to the possibility of 4 x 1TB drives). i'm no expert when it comes to the innards of a Mac Pro but i think everything's packed pretty tightly in there now. i'm interested to see if Apple could reduce the size without making it a fire hazard.
 

BobbyDigital

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I wish they'd make it rack-mountable... It would be more convenient in a studio setup. There is a company that builds special racks to fit the current MacPro design, but with the heat coming out on top, this new design could cause a ventilation problem.
 

wakerider017

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i'd like to see a smaller Mac Pro but it'd be hard to fit 1TB of hard drive space with 8 cores (rumored) while keeping everything cool and functioning properly.

i'd also like to see something besides brushed metal. Apple's used it for a while and it might be time to move on.

8 cores does NOT mean 8 CPU's... There will still only be 2 CPU's...

Also 500 GB drives are VERY common these days... 2 of them don't take up much space...


Consumer TB drives are just around the corner...:rolleyes:
 

DMann

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Mac Pro

A revisit to the G4 design, only sleeker... perhaps polycarbon with a subtle gloss finish....
 

devilot

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Since when is LoopRumors reliable? :rolleyes:
Less trusted rumors/ stories are placed on Page 2, exactly where this article is. :p

I'd love to see a more compact tower, I'm not a huge fan of towers 'cause I'd never need that sort of power, but it'd be more appealing if it were more compact. I'm guessing other consumers might feel that way as well.
 

macfan881

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i actaully think this would be a good idea i would have thought apple went with a smaller model when they switch considering they didnt need all the fan power for the former g5 but i do think we may see some sort of redisgn soon
 

apfhex

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I like my big honkin aluminum box, but a redesign would be interesting. Top ventilation though? With my habit of stacking stuff atop the machine (surely others do this?! :D), I don't think that would work out too well. :p
 

081440

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Hot air out the top!?

how and why would they push heat out the top!? In a large number of cases I find that people (including myself) place external hard drives and USB hubs and everything else on top of the machine.. it's so convenient. I can't see Apple routing the output up there... but we'll see :cool:
 

Astral Cars

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I imagine since hot air rises it reduces the need for fans if the heat is vented through the top. Wasn't that the idea on the Cube?
 

uaaerospace

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In a large number of cases I find that people (including myself) place external hard drives and USB hubs and everything else on top of the machine.. it's so convenient. I can't see Apple routing the output up there... but we'll see :cool:

I completely agree. Not to mention the freedom of dust to settle in the case and cause heating problems over time. I have a G5 case, and for the most part, there is quite a bit of extra room in there. I'm not as familiar with the newer Mac Pros, but surely they could make it a tad smaller (and lighter....I'm a college student and the case kills me on move in day :) ) and still keep the storage and processor capacity high.

That being said, they put a lot of thought into making the inside and outside of the current cases clean (at least on the G5). No bundle of wires as is found in some other desktops. For that, they are to be commended.
 

QCassidy352

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I've never liked the G5/mac pro cases, not even when I owned one. It looks like an industrial cheese grater. A lot of people say they like it, but IMO if it were a PC case, they'd hate it - just can't divorce the innards from the outards. (the inside is fantastic though.) A redesign would be great.
 

Analog Kid

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My vote? Don't mess with the current design. I like it. I don't want to go carrying that beast around with me, but it's roomy and easy to muck with the insides of, I've got space on top to stack peripherals, it's strong enough to feel reliable, there's plenty of ventilation so the fans spin slow and I don't worry about overheating...

Keep it.

I'm amazed how many people think it's "dated". It still looks good to me. That's one of the things I've always liked about that case-- it's timeless. The curvey G4 plastic cases look dated now, but the aluminum? Timeless...

8 cores does NOT mean 8 CPU's... There will still only be 2 CPU's...

Also 500 GB drives are VERY common these days... 2 of them don't take up much space...

Consumer TB drives are just around the corner...:rolleyes:
Is the first page of comments too early to go careening off on a tangent? Oh well, can't help myself... Is there an official nomenclature now that things are going all multi-core? The nomenclature I've been seeing makes no sense to me... Here's my view of the world:

CPU: Central Processing Unit. There can't be more than one, because if there were it couldn't be central. This must therefore refer to the collection of processing units working cooperatively.
Core: a full and self sufficient processing unit. May be one of many on a single piece of silicon. Not all cores in a system, or on a single piece of silicon, need be identical.
Multi-core: containing more than one "core". May be on one or many silicon components. The Dual G5s were multi-core machines. The Quad Xeons are multicore.
Processor: seems to refer to the chip containing one or more processing cores, which must be interesting for those in the UK-- do you say "The processor are..."?

The processor/core thing has always felt nebulous to me... Multi-processing used to be the phrase used, then multi-core became the hip jargon. I still think people think in terms of what each processor is doing on a multi-core chip. It makes sense that this would be nebulous since it doesn't really matter... How many chips are used to carry all the cores is an implementation detail.

I'm kind of tired of hearing people bash each other over the use of nomenclature when I don't think that nomenclature is well established...

how and why would they push heat out the top!? In a large number of cases I find that people (including myself) place external hard drives and USB hubs and everything else on top of the machine.. it's so convenient. I can't see Apple routing the output up there... but we'll see :cool:
Ahhh... So you're the one I've seen peeking through my windows...

Heat out the top makes a lot of sense from a thermal management perspective, but it would suck for me-- I'd lose the shelf.
 
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