Originally Posted by Dunks
I'd settle for any Mac under $1500 with a 1-2gig dedicated graphics card. It could have a 6 inch screen for all I care. Pigs might fly!
I think Apple has a patent for a "mechanical pork elevation device" so fingers crossed.
I still think this is going to be possible regardless of what Apple do though. 3rd party manufacturers can build Thunderbolt boxes like Sonnet's Echo Express, which is a Thunderbolt PCIe 2.0 expansion slot supporting a 75W card:http://www.sonnettech.com/news/nab2011/
No pricing as yet and no clear info on whether or not it will support graphics cards but I don't see why it wouldn't. Devices plugged into Thunderbolt show up to the OS just like PCI cards so if you bought a Mac Mini with a Thunderbolt port or the entry iMac, I don't see why you couldn't plug in a 1GB or 2GB card.
The problem will be with the power supply in Sonnet's case as a 75W PSU will limit the cards you can use but that's why I think someone should build an MXM box. This way you get cards that have very low power consumption but perform extremely well and you can get up to 2GB VRAM with those too.
Sure they won't operate at full speed but over 80% of it. There may even be an MXM adaptor for PCIe but it's better if someone builds an MXM slot directly or NVidia/AMD can build special cards.
Originally Posted by PXT
The devil will be in the detail. Roll on Monday.
I suspect given that they said this would be a preview, they may not roll out the tech immediately but at least we'll see what they're up to.
Final Cut X is due out this month, the Mini is due an update and something needs to be done with the Mac Pro design-wise. I just hope it's not one of those feature demo events and at the end of it, there's nothing you can actually buy or use for months afterwards.