Originally Posted by Marvin
I wonder if they'll bother building a 27". The amount of sales that model will generate is bound to be so low that the price would be high enough for them to be as well making the 27" iMac take a video input. Which they have done.
The attractiveness of the monitor depends upon it feature set. For example a HMDI interface make the monitor much more useful. If that HMDI input is capable of scaling the 1080p signal to the monitors native resolution then all the better. The monitors value istied to features, usable features, and hopefully a little Apple innovation.
Dell 24" IPS = $539. Apple 24" IPS = $900.
Dell sell a 27" IPS for $1100. Using the price difference from the 24", Apple's could be $1460. Apple sell a 27" iMac for $1700. So you just buy the 27" iMac and you get a spare computer thrown in to use if your other one breaks. The original 30" was over $3k. If they can get the USB ports and maybe FW800 to work over a mini-dp aux connection, even better.
Focusing on cost at this stage makes no sense. If you go down to your local appliance store there are all sorts of HDTVs for sale. Unless your need is the absolute lowest price you buy based on what your need are.
They aren't all that pricey relatively. The i7-980x is more expensive than the lower-end Xeons. The Xeons work in dual processor configs too unlike the desktop chips. If the Mac Pro update is imminent and they do in fact use the Xeons, it's a bit odd that they haven't updated earlier. The processors have been out for 4 months now or something like that.
When looking at the Pro dont forget to factor in the cost of the buffered memory.
It is true that new processors have been out for awhile now but that is likely not what they are waiting on. If the machines are due soon there is no sense soeculating on what the hold up was. Instead we can simply wait for the real iron to make itself available.
In any event i think people need to relax here. Have a little faith that Apple is overhauling the hardware and is doing it right.
USB 3 is a must but I don't think that would have delayed the release.
Wether you like USB 3 or not the fact is it has not been ready for some time. It hasnt been in Intels chipsets for one, for another the various descreet chips all had issues. I'm not sure where the "it must have USB3 mantra" comes from. Certainly it would be nice but on the otherhand it shouldn't be implement at a high expense.
The final product will likely answer a lot of questions but I will reiterate that if all they do this time round is drop in the expected 3600/5600 Xeons and do nothing else then it will be a pretty disappointing update because besides doing nothing, it's pretty much the least effort they could expend on that lineup.
And whom is indicating that this will be the type of upgrade Mac Pro will get? If anything the long wait is more likely an indication of a major overhaul.
To the contrary I'm expecting far more than a processor bump. This due to the convergence of many little elements that lead me to be hopeful.