Ok, first off, I think it is very positive that Apple put in the effort to develop the new MacPro. However, there is a "but" - Thunderbolt. More than 2 years after the introduction the Thunderbolt interface has not yet really get a lot of attention. After the first fuzz it more or less seems like most hardware developers have decided it is yet another niche interface, this time even less appealing to implement than the previous Firewire. TB has a lot of drawbacks that slow down adaption among hardware manufactures and users - Licence fees (more expensive) - Certification (much more complicated to hardware developers) - No add-in cards (hard for early adapters o use it, like old-MacPro users) - Expensive cables - Arriving late with a lot of competing interfaces (usb3, sata/esata, firewire, SAS, 10Gbit ethernet, PCle, displayport, hdmi, infiniband etc) - Tries to be Jack-of-all-trades but do not really excel in any area, and misses some of the important ones (replace low-end usb devices and highend ultra-performers) We have still seen very little development in obvious areas like - Empty JBOD storage boxes ( I guess many want to pick their own disks, not get them preinstalled) - External boxes for highend Display cards, especially for laptops. - PCs and PC motherboards seem to have very slow adaption of TB Not to be pessimistic, but it seem like Thunderbolt will face an even harder uphill battle than firewire ( which was aided by a lot of external devices using the interface like videocameras.) The new Macpro will most probably not change much here. It is a small niche product in a niche market.