Will the Nehalem Mac Pro be tarted up too?

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  1. netdog macrumors 603

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    Given all this flashy glossy glassy black-trimmed design coming out of Ive's office lately, replacing the simple and elegant designs of previous gens, can we expect the Mac Pro to move to ugly street as well in January?

    Witness the death of the white iMac and the new little brother ACD 24" joining the original and gorgeous ACDs. Does this all point to a Mac Pro dressed up like a streetwalker for a debut in 2009?

    I, for one, am expecting a major redesign, and not one that I would welcome.
     
  2. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

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    Ha! I definitely feel you on this one. I'm thinking about picking up the current model, even though it's been around for a bit. I still love the design, outside and inside, and it would be so much faster than what I have now. I just can't see the black, Al contrast working well for the MP, and it seems like it's inevitable that it will reflect the new products they just introduced.
     
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I hope not, as I just can't imagine adding black to silver would look better. :eek:
    Leave the industrial look alone Apple. :p
     
  4. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I sure as hell hope not...they can play with the laptops all they want but leave the Mac Pro alone, just upgrade the insides...
     
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  6. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Who cares? As long as they keep for the same case functionality. Mac Pros are for using not as a fashion accessory.
     
  7. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    I think it's more likely to move to Power House, than Ugly Drive...
    If you're comparing the new MBPs with Dells - seriously, have a decent look at the design. Ive's worked his RSS off on these. They have a lot of subtle but useful improvements in design.
     
  8. bwilliams18 macrumors newbie

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    I doubt they will update the outside because Black and Aluminum only looks good against a moniter but i bet that the Cenimia displays will be Black and Aluminum.
     
  9. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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    If Apple keeps going on their current path (a gadget 'lifestyle brand' company) then I would more expect the Pro apps to be dropped or sold off and the Mac Pro to be discontinued. But cherry iPods will abound.
     
  10. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Highly unlikely.
     
  11. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

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    Dramatic much? Apple might have confused its pro customers with this notebook update, but they've worked for years (and continue to) to get their pro apps used recognized by pros as some of the best out there. They wouldn't just throw that away after all that work.
     
  12. SimD macrumors regular

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    I for one hope they keep the ACDs grey/alu... I need the neutral bezel..
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Actually, the white 17" iMac is still being sold to the education market.

    But that's beside the point and I agree with you that they shouldn't mess with the cheese grater. EVER.
     
  14. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    Just watch, first they're going to reduce hard drive limit from 4 HD's to one SSD, then push their NEW storage medium to the "cloud", and calling it "Mobile Pro" which will be the same thing as mobile me but more expensive. Of course this isn't going to happen till late 2009 because apple says that server processors take to much power so they are going to use new mobile nehalem processors, making the mac pro "greener". but don't worry because it will have nVidia's NEW integrated graphics which has a mini-display port and is only capatible their NEW 33" LED ultra mirror ACD, which when not power is actually a mirror, but don't worry here either because they can push enough light through it that it puts the SUN to shame, it would be just like looking at the sun. They will also have to reduce the size of the mac pro to a 1" thick by 5" tall and 8" in depth slate that can fit anywhere, of course they will have to remove all of the ports except for two USB 2's because that's the only port people need, and say goodbye to the superdrive because it's a dying format and apple now offers DVD backups for download from SOME software companies for only $50 a year, and if you need to make a DVD movie, you can upload your Final Cut Studio movie to Apple and they make it then send it to you much like buying photo books from aperture or iPhoto, but don't worry because you can even design the DVD box, their consumers would love it!!!
     
  15. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Apple should leave the Mac Pro exactly as it is and has been for the past decade. Handles, front, back, and side door.

    Anyone that thinks there needs to be a redesign needs to be shot, including anyone at Apple.

    If there is a redesign, make it so that there are more stuff in the inside.

    Make it like the HP Blackbird 002 and I will be very very happy.
     
  16. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    i simply adore the cheese grater look despite it being out for awhile now. The thing is, with good industrial design, some things look timeless.

    I would prefer if Apple just made some changes to the insides rather than the overall look.

    I think when you have reached a certain level of design perfection, it is hard to top it, and so you sorta go backwards or in a completely different direction like the current macbooks, macbook pros whose technology wise is a great improvement what with the easily replaceable hard drive in the battery compartment.

    The black and glass however, does not work. It's fine on the iMacs but on the notebooks, seems a little too much, too gaudy.

    But and this is my prediction. If indeed Apple redesigns the ACDs for the mac pro like the current LED ACD, then we'll definitely see some black on the mac pro. Apple afterall is all about matching things. :eek: disappointing i know.

    All the new ACD needed was, 1. LED backlit if affordable, 2. an iSight, 3. better cable/powerbrick management.

    It would be perfect then. The whole black border, glass thing, doesn't look good. in fact, i prefer the neutral aluminium color as it never interferes with my work on the screen.
     
  17. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    It's scary just how plausible some of these predictions actually seem right now. :(
     
  18. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

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    Brilliant! I'm with everyone else on the timelessness of the current design. I really hope they don't screw it up.
     
  19. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Put that gut away! :eek: :p
    I want the internals redone, but the exterior should be left well enough alone.
    Apple, are you listening? More drive bays! :D :D
     
  20. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    i am all for more parts in the mac pro. five drive bays and complete toolless entry are at the top of my list.

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  21. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Needs 8 hot swap bays, maybe a means to install another 4/5. Four 5.25" bays would do, as you have 1 for optical, and use the other 3 for a drive cage. :eek:
    RAID needs space. :p

    Tool less case isn't a bad idea either. ;)
     
  22. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    8 bays, that's pushing it..The Mac Pro is already HUGE.

    Maybe this will suit your needs...http://www.transintl.com/store/category.cfm?Category=2746&RequestTimeOut=500

    What a nightmare it would be if Apple dropped pro apps and became a candy computer/mp3 player/phone company.

    It's not like I'd take my Mac Pro and chuck it out a window, I'd probably slowly transition to Windows...on my Mac Pro.
     
  23. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

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    Isn't at great that we now have that option (even if I'll never use it) :D
     
  24. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    As far as drive bays, it's not too much to ask for. The increase in size won't be as bad as you may think. To give you an idea, take a look at Lian Li server cases. About 3" deeper. Not much considering the gain, as to use external solutions (RAID enclosures) are fairly expensive. An EnhanceBox 8MS is around $550USD, to hold 8 HDD's. Then you add cabling, and a 4 port internal to external adapter for another $300. All on top of the HDD's needed. Ouch!

    Remember, Apple markets the Mac Pro as a workstation. To me, this means it should have the ability to hold more than 4 HDD's internally without resorting to some expensive and exotic solution. MaxUpgrade, and a few others come to mind. ;)
    I've seen it. ;) It only holds 2.5" HDD's though, and currently aren't the best option. :( The best price/performance unit that has an adequate MTBF, is the Velociraptor, and it won't even fit. Transintl is working on a model that will hold a pair of these, but it's not out yet. Nor are they inexpensive. :rolleyes:
    //End of rant. :p
    That's been my intention from the beginning. :eek: The software I need just isn't available for OS X. Nor do I think this will change anytime soon. :(
    Dual boot works for other stuff though. :)
     
  25. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    OK, if Apple is really going to make all those drastic changes, then there's only one thing to do: GET 'EM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!!! C'mon, folks! Hurry!! If anyone wants to send me a maxed-out Mac Pro, then please do. Send me a message to my inbox so we can exchange contact information. :D

    I wonder: How well would Mac OS X run on one of these?

    http://www.pssclabs.com/products_powerstation.asp
     

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