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 They could opt for another means of backup. The silly thing is going without backup.
That one made me laugh, probably due to the name.
Here it was only for clarification. I understand the motivation behind business decisions, and I've acknowledged that before. I get the point of building the machine to ensure a certain minimum sale. They offer the mac pro for that. I understand some of the reasoning for certain choices there too. They made it very well aligned with FCPX, so they have the power to ensure that something is exceptionally well aligned with the machine from day 1 (makes better use of dual gpus...
That is correct. I think there are better options for a screen, and I hate captive boot drives. There have been a few reported issues with some of the 2011 models, similar to what was happening with the macbook pros of that year. I'm not sure how widespread they are though.
 That is entirely possible. I suspect they're somewhat cost sensitive. I expected them to update the thunderbolt display to match the imac update, but it has retained the older design. As I mentioned, your predictions have been more accurate than my own on the last few things. I don't intend to update displays until 4K is actually practical in a 24". Right now a 16:10 24" is typically 1920 x 1200 as it has been for the past several years. The difference in resolution is...
 If he's only running into problems at high resolution or on larger files, I don't think any of the current models will be a problem. Lots of ram also helps if you're running with an HDD. SSDs are a bigger factor ifThe mini holds out pretty well in value too, but that wasn't my focus. I wouldn't necessarily advocate the potential for 4K to someone running an old Acer display. They are not very good. While graphic designers can benefit from a strong display, he won't end up...
Those do look quite nice. I'm skeptical that Apple would go for that size though. They've stuck to the one size product model for several years. The point of the current thunderbolt display is more of a dock for the notebook line with the inclusion of a display. You plug in one cable for all peripherals. Unless the new version has a different focus, I don't see it changing that much in size. Dell has 3 different versions. Their low end is a TN which retails somewhere...
 You're clearly unaware that most of the basic R&D in materials and theoretical computer science comes out of academia. It's more cost effective for companies to purchase it rather than do everything in house with no certainty of fruition or usable results. Consider how much R&D Apple had to purchase to create the iphone. It was probably not feasible to solve all of those problems in house due to the potential for failure or extended timetables and known research already...
I don't debate your words on the mac pro, but I do debate the wisdom of this purchase overall. The OP has a 2007 era lower end box. He now thinks a mac pro is a requirement. A mini with 16GB of ram would fly for this stuff. My notebook (not my only machine) is specced comparably. I'm typing from it right now. For the absolute vast majority of that stuff, it flies. The OP is just so low on ram that he's probably hitting scratch disks constantly. He thinks it's something...
You really should forget about the futureproofing issue. It's the most clueless possible concern, and it's going to strain your budget with little return. You could probably obtain a mini, then get a nice display for it later. There's nothing about your work that explicitly requires a mac pro. The older ones had certain advantages. You had room for extra drives and had more options when it came to connecting an NAS or DAS for storage/backup, as for a designer opening large...
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