Can this benchmarking be done offline?
If so, why would Apple need to do it online, except to "leak" the machine's performance to the public. However, judging from the unremarkable results, that's not very likely.
I live in NYC, and it would be cool to have iBeacons at every station so that you could track where you are on a mapped out route. Then, I could set my iPhone to notify me one station before I need to get off and take a nap.
I think Steve was rather insightful to be able to see things this way. And although I believe what he said generally holds true, I think he's a special case, and he's an icon that more than just geologists will remember.
This seems like a bit of a pain to put on and take off every time you want to play a game.
Or if you just keep it on all the time, wouldn't it get in the way of plugging in headphones and putting it in a syncing stand?
I'm guessing this new Mac Pro will cost a lot.
Now that most people are moving to iPads & MacBooks for their daily computing, the Pro desktop can be aimed squarely at professionals who will use this new beast to make money with. That means they won't mind investing the extra dollars to get a truly powerful machine.
Gone are the days when you needed a tower Mac to edit video and music.