This is the most likely result, as it's the most economically effective solution. Apple just doesn't have the sales volume to justify a new case for MP's that often (internal changes to accomodate different boards), but not from the ground up, as retooling is expensive.Since the hexacore chips are pretty much the same 'breed' as the current chips used in the machine, the next revision will likely be identical inside and out.
Apple just doesn't have the sales volume to justify a new case for MP's that often (internal changes to accomodate different boards), but not from the ground up, as retooling is expensive.
My point exactly.The current exterior design is seven years old!
It would be possible (just mask off what ever is to remain silver, and anodize the intended areas black). It's an added few steps, but no actual retooling to the stamping or assembly equipment. The results aren't glossy though.However, I absolutely like it. Can't imagine a nicer looking computer. I'd be pleased if they keep the design a little longer and don't attach some black elements to it. Black is so omnipotent in the computer industry these days. 90% of all displays you can currently buy are black and most input devices have the same old boring black on black theme.
This is the most likely result, as it's the most economically effective solution. Apple just doesn't have the sales volume to justify a new case for MP's that often (internal changes to accomodate different boards), but not from the ground up, as retooling is expensive.
Aww, come on... who doesn't want a Faraday cage?The one thing I'd wish they would do, is replaced the etched Apple logo's on the side with the same black plastic apple logo as used on the 24" displays and iPad (on the back). This would allow them to mount the internal wifi an bluetooth antennas in an area where they aren't completely RF shielded!
I hate to tell you this, but even Lian Li's can make buzzing noises after awhile (in-out of the case). But there's a simple solution: electrical tape on the aluminum surface that the side panels (inner side) make contact with.It just came to my mind that Apple desperately needs to address the noise level of the Pro.
The fans are pretty silent, but the problem is the case itself. Although it seems very sturdy, I heard a lot about users complaining that their case is buzzing. Something around the drive cage or side panel, I don't know exactly.
Anyhow, that's definitely not acceptable for a $2000 machine.
Maybe they should make an excursion to Lian Li to see how good cases are made.
But there's a simple solution: electrical tape on the aluminum surface that the side panels (inner side) make contact with.
Other than the buzzing noise, it's a great case. It can even be solved by giving the case a shove in the front (you hear the side panels shift, and it quits... for awhile). But the tape seems to work better so far. Only time will tell.I've had three Lian Li cases of the last few years, all of them absolutely rock solid. Still use a SL73 Plus for a server. Best case I've ever bought.
I agree with you. I even wish Lian Li would have addressed that, but I'll live with such a minor complaint (though I do wish it had better cooling at times, though it's not hot running), as it holds everything I need.Anyway, even though modifications with tape do work, it is still not appropriate for such an expensive machine. If the solution to the buzzing is that simple, I can't image a reason why Apple does not attach some tape or foam to the panels in the first place.
IIRC, the buzzing noises in the MP's weren't the side panels, but the HDD trays.The Mac Pro door has a rubber gasket, so that's like the electrical tape solution albeit more expensive [and costs passed to the consumer].
The only thing they might have to do, is adjust the resistor values used in the CPU Voltage Regulator to achieve the correct values to the new CPU's (beyond the microcode update in the firmware).Doubtful, the Xeon 5600's are a simple drop in, there isn't a reason for a redesign.
Tape was used as a DIY solution on another brand of case, as there's nothing out there commercially. To be expected I guess... And if done right, you'll never see it with the panels back on anyway.I was going to say which is more professional than tape. Tape looks so DIY.