Apple got it right with the new Mac Pro, the new Mac Pro is awesome.
Years of research and design work at Apple has created a beast. What has emerged is very different desktop PC – a high-end workstation system, jammed with cutting-edge components, and lots of speed/power.
The Mac Pro is a minimalist effort. Its unique cylindrical shape, finished in a black/charcoal, is flourish free – not even an Apple logo. When you reach the back of the Mac Pro, all the connections are cleanly organized on a simple panel.
Thunderbolt, USB and Ethernet ports stacked in two rows. The lines surrounding each individual group are backlit, illuminating when the system fires up, or whenever movement is detected. I have my Mac Pro on my desk and not under but if the Mac Pro is placed under a desk, those backlit labels make it easier to locate the port you’re looking for.
The Mac Pro’s is easy to open up. Flip the single catch at the top of the exterior next to the port panel, and pull the entire exterior sheath up and of. The Mac Pro has a cool sound when pulling the case up too! Opening up the Pro reveals a suitably mythic interior, with four RAM sockets sitting in two spring-loaded banks on either side, and the rear of the two graphics cards between them, one of which has the system’s single PCI Express-based SSD mounted on it.
The Mac Pro is an incredibly efficient system: despite the cramped nature of the chassis, the Mac Pro barely ever registers more than a quiet hum. Our last Pros lasted our agency about 5 years. They still work great, but we had to upgrade…. efficiency makes money and sense.
We are still waiting for Apple 4K displays 30” or larger… please come soon. I would hate to try and marry other less appealing components to our new Mac Pros.