More so they can't see the major changes that have been hitting the industry.
Originally Posted by Marvin
I can't particularly, given that we've established the earliest Mac Pro update could have arrived 3 weeks ago at best.
Exactly! Even if Apple had a hardware platform ready I'd doubt they would want to ship anything SB-E related without much testing. That due to the chips history.
That is just Sandy Bridge E, a significantly refactored Mac Pro would require testing with all other new hardware that it will be equipped with. Some of this hardware is also just hitting the market.
Given that Apple has made a push for no optical drives, would they really continue to ship their highest-end machine with one? Also, Thunderbolt requires that the GPU be designed completely differently - if they don't support Thunderbolt, they can't have the Mac Pro support the Thunderbolt Cinema display properly.
If one takes into consideration all the changes in hardware design that have happened in the last two years, it is hard to believe they would ship another Pro based on the same old design. Especially considering how bad Pro sales have been.
Of course I was expecting a major refactoring of the Pro last year, but I'd rather think that Apple is working on getting the new hardware right before releasing to sales. In case anyone is wondering, yes it could take them years to bring an entirely new platform to us.
This points to a major redesign and such a redesign requires an event. Specifically an event geared towards high-resource users. Seems to me, such an event might be coming up in about 10 weeks.
Well I'm not convinced of an event, but I'm very much in a major redesign camp. Frankly it is the only way for them to deliver a platform that will have a future of five or more years.
Actually I suspect that they are setting us up for something at WWDC! They have already announced Mountain Lion, much of iOS is leaking out and HiDPI is on every bodies mind.
It's been 9 years with the same chassis and that design has run its course. They need to think about what is happening over the next decade and plan for it. The current design is not fit for purpose.
Exactly, a modern attempt at a Pro computer would be radically different than the current Mac Pro.
It makes absolute sense to ship it with Mountain Lion because it looks like it will finally support resolution independence.
What is important here is that resolution independence implies a major refactoring of the entire line up of Macs. It does makes me wonder if they will hold off the entire product line till WWDC. We are talking June 11th here.
If the " When is the new Pro coming" crowd is up in arms now, a wait to June will lead to a few minds exploding. I suspect that even iMac and Mini users will start to whine.
The same thing happened with FCPX. Current users had been on the edge of their seats for years waiting for an update and then out of the blue it came. It didn't go down so well, Randy went to Antarctica for a while but we are in a new place now. I think the same will happen with the Mac Pro. Some users will be pissed that there's no 'high-end' features like PCI slots or a 5.25" drive bay but you either embrace change or you grow stale holding onto the past.
We will probably have the same number of people going ballistic over the new Mac Pros design as we did with FCPX. Like wise people will be so wrapped up in their disgust they won't be able to evaluate the product rationally. Instead they will go out and buy a 10U rack mounted computer and wonder why the graphics is so crappy.
Oh about those slots. I suspect that they will still be there, at least a couple. They might not be the slots of old though, I still see Apple moving towards PCI-Express based storage modules.