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Originally Posted by johndoe98 
Yeah but the Haswell release has been delayed with the current projection being for June. Won't the push back the IB Xeons? If so, we're looking at a late july or even august release for them. How long can Apple wait for these, especially given that Intel's projections keep slipping?

They have a few different plants to build the chips. Haswell for laptops and desktops is high volume so they need yields to be high to meet 50+ million units in a single quarter. Intel shipped 181 million processors last year (Apple apparently nearly matched them with 176 million). Workstations and servers are only 12 million units a year across all vendors so per quarter, they only need at most 3 million processors and it's on a well established Ivy Bridge fab.

There's a report suggesting the delay was nothing to do with production issues:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20121228160731_Intel_Delays_Introduction_of_Core_i_4000_Haswell_Microprocessors_Expands_Mobile_Lineup.html

"The actual reasons for the delay are unclear, but sources with knowledge of the talks between Intel and its partners among computer makers indicate that the latter had asked the former to postpone the roll-out of Haswell by several weeks to let them sell current-generation Core i 3000 “Ivy Bridge” chips.

Another reason why Intel might be interested in the delay of formal launch of Haswell is that Computex Taipei 2013 trade-show takes place in early June and at that exhibition numerous designs with new chips will be shown to the public.

Intel did not comment on the news-story."

Haswell is already in production:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20130117233616_Intel_Starts_Production_of_Next_Generation_Haswell_Microprocessors.html

and someone supposedly got hold of an engineering sample, which came out slower than Ivy Bridge:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Haswell-core-i7-benchmark-leak,20798.html

which led Francois Piednoel (Principal Engineer / Performance Architect at Intel) to tweet:

"#intel #haswell is very healthy in our labs, we don't see any case where it is slower than IvyB. .ru numbers are funky!"

Ivy bridge E samples seem to be in the open too:

http://hwbot.org/newsflash/1909_xeon_ivy_bridge_e_appears_in_china_cpu_z_validation_online
http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/intel_ivy_bridge_e_engineering_sample_spotted_on_ebay.html

It's all a lie, they're holding them back. #artificialsupplyconstraint

Apple would get dragged over the coals for that but sadly Intel has no competition any more so they get away with it. Given that both are in production, I don't see why they couldn't have both in June.
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There are many of us still using the Better Light system for fine art reproductions.  Nothing else even comes close to capturing the details and the colors of a 40x60 inch painting.  We also have 36 megapixel Nikons - and Hasselblads - but the Better Light system captures "pure" RGB without a Bayer filter.  We use it with huge 900 watt North Lights - It is a very specialized setup and our artists appreciate the difference ... "Cumbersome" is not the word I would use --- it takes time and some skill to get the best possible results, but it's worth the effort. We do large-format Giclee reproductions and we also use the system to digitize damaged work that needs restoration.

 

 

I thought it might be fine art reproduction or something similar. That is why I referenced Scitex flatbeds, although I'm aware not everything fits safely on one of them. I completely understand the reasoning now. Bayer arrays have potential moire issues at times and effectively lower resolution in saturated primaries, and of course the aforementioned low pass filter. I'm familiar with Giclee reproductions too. That sounds like a very nice facility.

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The NEC Spectraview stopped working for most of us with OS 10.8 .. and I've updated the graphics cards in the MacPros trying to get a working profile.  NEC and Apple blame each other ... I reverted to my X-Rite i1 system but I preferred the NEC approach.

 

My fingers are crossed that a newer MacPro will solve some problems and speed things up.

 

Apple is a little unpredictable at times, and I would guess that spectraview is supported by a somewhat small staff. I hope it's fixed soon. I really do like NEC, I actually went away from them due to how long things would stay broken at times, but I still suggest them to others as their hardware is so much better than anything else at a similar price point.

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Let me guess - it will be a thinner rectangular block with rounded edges?

 

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I'm no expert in CPUs or chip sets but is it even possible to have dual i7s on a board?

No, the Core i7 chip doesn't have the necessary pins to support SMP configurations. Translation: multi-processors systems can only use Xeons.

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. When you use workstations for 99.999% uptime on things like rocket, and satellite control you need a solid platform. 

 

But very few folks are doing that level of work and its likely on proprietary software and not Mac OS.

even folks using things like Final Cut tend to render in a farm of Linux/unix running hardware, not Mac based machines


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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
No. This is coming from an Apple Reseller. In American courthouses, hearsay, therefore inadmissible.

 

So that explains why we never hear actual sales numbers for Samsung products; those who actually sell them don't matter!

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post #127 of 516

Not sure about how reputable this rumor is, although it matches available data, so it can be true. Anyway, no matter if the spring release is true or not, this is the only important rumor I've seen for the last 12 months (and no, I never had a Mac Pro -yet- ,so no personal preferences here, just saying what's important for reinforcing what Apple stands for, and what not).

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You have to wait and see.
 

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Yes, Steven Wolfram and Steve Jobs were quite close professionally I believe. Interesting to see where Wolfram goes over the next few years.

Well, just image what would be possible if at some point in the future Mathematica gets Siri integration ... the predictive interface is already there, and for the first version it can be rather nice. It's well done conceptionally. So for me, if they merge Siri, predictive interface and WolframAlpha - Mathematica will become an incredible machine - and closes the gap to the Star Trek enterprise computer.

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Apple is a little unpredictable at times, and I would guess that spectraview is supported by a somewhat small staff. I hope it's fixed soon. I really do like NEC, I actually went away from them due to how long things would stay broken at times, but I still suggest them to others as their hardware is so much better than anything else at a similar price point.

There is a page at NEC on the problem with Mac OS 10.8:

 

http://www.necdisplay.com/support-and-services/spectra-view-II/Compatibility

 

 

Important compatibility notice:

Due to issues with the new Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and the recent update to Mac OS 10.7.5, SpectraView II is not able to communicate with the displays on some systems with Nvidia based video chipsets when connected to the DVI inputs on a display. This includes both Thunderbolt (miniDisplayPort) video outputs when using a miniDisplayPort to DVI cable, and DVI to DVI connections. This impacts all MultiSync 80 series, MultiSync 90 series, and the MultiSync P221W models. NEC is currently working with Apple to resolve this issue, which is expected to be fixed in future updates to Mac OS. 

The NEC MultiSync PA series and newer MultiSync P series models can utilize a USB connection to the display if necessary. 

Customers with impacted systems currently using OS 10.7.4 or earlier are encouraged not to update to OS 10.7.5, or OS 10.8 at this point.

 

 

I have NOT been able to resolve the problem - even with  a graphics card update - and I have put the NEC color sensor on the shelf.

 

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post #131 of 516
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I was meaning because of the leaks.  Generally they come from China (and a few from Russia), both essentially lawless countries.  

 

However France (specifically Mac suppliers and resellers in France), has recently been the source of huge amounts of leaks of Apple products, parts, etc. as well.  

 

It's what that fact "says" about France, and the general attitude towards the law that would make steer me clear.  You can't do effective business in a country that doesn't value IP and follow the law on IP.  Russia and China have never even pretended to care about such things, but France is supposedly a "western" country in the European Union. They are supposed to follow the law on such things, but they clearly don't.  

We have, and follow, laws on IP. IP is not the problem. Actually, the USA have been stealing considerable amounts of IP through creative buyout tactics (and worse, such as e-war), which basically means that you don't necessarily need to break the law. You can sidestep it or even have someone else break it for you, and reap the rewards. Read EU reports if you're interested, it's fascinating.

 

France, however, has taxes, labor laws and social factors that heavily favor big companies and make life hard for small innovative companies. That is the problem with opening a business in France. You still get to dip your croissant in your coffee however, which is a plus.

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According to Tim Cook this is indeed the year that you'll be getting a 2013 Mac Pro.
It looked like they were the first with a consumer/professional desktop PC with 64-bit computing when the G5 launched, back in 2003. Staggered, small steps at a time. This AI article links to many more.


No. This is coming from an Apple Reseller. In American courthouses, hearsay, therefore inadmissible.

 

It's like the 640KB limit all over again!

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There is a page at NEC on the problem with Mac OS 10.8:

 

http://www.necdisplay.com/support-and-services/spectra-view-II/Compatibility

 

 

Important compatibility notice:

Due to issues with the new Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and the recent update to Mac OS 10.7.5, SpectraView II is not able to communicate with the displays on some systems with Nvidia based video chipsets when connected to the DVI inputs on a display. This includes both Thunderbolt (miniDisplayPort) video outputs when using a miniDisplayPort to DVI cable, and DVI to DVI connections. This impacts all MultiSync 80 series, MultiSync 90 series, and the MultiSync P221W models. NEC is currently working with Apple to resolve this issue, which is expected to be fixed in future updates to Mac OS. 

The NEC MultiSync PA series and newer MultiSync P series models can utilize a USB connection to the display if necessary. 

Customers with impacted systems currently using OS 10.7.4 or earlier are encouraged not to update to OS 10.7.5, or OS 10.8 at this point.

 

 

I have NOT been able to resolve the problem - even with  a graphics card update - and I have put the NEC color sensor on the shelf.

 

Dick

Blah so it broke DDC functionality. Speaking of the PA displays, they were a significant improvement over the 90s series. They've reduced pricing on them a couple times at this point, which is typically a sign that they're nearing the end of their cycle. They hit the 3 year mark this year, so I suspect we'll see new models either this year or the first half of next year. Desktop displays change pretty slowly in general, especially those designed for professional use. The validation process is more time consuming. I kind of suspect they'll move toward the use of LED backlighting too, given that colorimeters are up to the task at this point, and the luminance values tend to have a much longer half life. Second generation 10 bit panels would also likely make it easier to fully stabilize black levels independent of brightness as backlight brightness adjustments would be less essential in bringing the brightest values to the desired range without problems in quantization. What I mean is that they may be able to offer further control of white and black points without banding.


Edited by hmm - 2/7/13 at 1:13pm
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The new iMac is a work of art.

 

I have the top end sitting right in front of me.

 

Power.

 

Stunning.

 

Art and Technology.

 

Apple style.

 

You don't get this from Dell.  Hp.  Or Lenny.

 

Lemon Bon Bon.

You know, for a company that specializes in the video-graphics market, you'd think that they would offer top-of-the-line GPUs...

 

WITH THE NEW MAC PRO THEY FINALLY DID!  (But you bend over for it.)

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The only issue with the iMac is the graphics memory in my opinion. At least have 1 GB for the "low-end" 27"
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The new iMac is a work of art.

I have the top end sitting right in front of me.

Power.

Stunning.

Art and Technology.

Apple style.

You don't get this from Dell.  Hp.  Or Lenny.

Lemon Bon Bon.

I would have thought Mail.app wouldn't still be so slow when moving from message to another with my new iMac. I don't have the top BTO option but I have the top standard build but with a 3.1TB FD. I guess I can't say it's because it's my 2010 13" MBP's fault anymore.

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The issue with this is and always has been, I don't want cables, boxes, hard drives, etc all over my desk or else the pretty iMac will end p looking like the Dell shown below which is precisely what Apple tries to prevent. If I have a tower, I can put everything inside it where it should be.

 

 

 

So many here will never get it. Apple goes through a huge amount of time and effort in making its products look good, But with no consumer level desktop computer with internal expansion that look that Apple worked so hard for is ruined by having to resort to non matching third party external devices.

 

Sometimes I think even Apple doesn't get it.

 

I'm all for Apple having a Mac Pro. But that still doesn't do anything about the gap in the product line. The consumer is still left choosing between IMac/mini with either no monitor choice or no expansion and the expensive (but only desktop Apple makes that offers monitor choice AND internal expansion) Mac Pro.

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So many here will never get it. Apple goes through a huge amount of time and effort in making its products look good, But with no consumer level desktop computer with internal expansion that look that Apple worked so hard for is ruined by having to resort to non matching third party external devices.

Sometimes I think even Apple doesn't get it.

I'm all for Apple having a Mac Pro. But that still doesn't do anything about the gap in the product line. The consumer is still left choosing between IMac/mini with either no monitor choice or no expansion and the expensive (but only desktop Apple makes that offers monitor choice AND internal expansion) Mac Pro.

We get it. I think Apple gets it. Understanding your wants doesn't entail compliance to satisfying those wants. Knowing there's a market doesn't mean the market is big enough to be worth chasing. They've chosen not to enter the "xMac" market. They've left that market roughly eight years ago, and market for tower desktops is diminishing.

I think the future demand for an xMac is questionable anyway, the available selection of add-in cards for Macs has always been pretty weak even going back 20 years, and generally painfully more expensive than equivalent cards for Windows boxes. A "tinkerer's" Mac doesn't sound like a big draw either, as MacOS really isn't a tinkerer's OS, there's Linux for that, and Windows is often a power tinkerer's choice OS too. Really, xMac isn't a consumer product but rather an enthusiast product. Kind of like how Alienware is now the Enthusiast's Dell computer. I don't think tinkerers and gamers are enough for Apple, especially as it easily cannibalizes their workstation line.
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Sometimes I think even Apple doesn't get it.

I'm all for Apple having a Mac Pro. But that still doesn't do anything about the gap in the product line. The consumer is still left choosing between IMac/mini with either no monitor choice or no expansion and the expensive (but only desktop Apple makes that offers monitor choice AND internal expansion) Mac Pro.

What gap?

I always buy the desktop (G3/G4G5//MP) but that's mainly because I don't want a glossy screen and the mini is too underpowered. Now I learn that the iMac is no where near as glossy as it used to be and the mini has become really powerful. I'd say my options expended over time as tech has evolved and any gap there might have been is now being sent into oblivion.

I say buy what you need and ignore the price. If you can't afford it, save for it if you need that particular Mac. And maybe, just perhaps, if you really need a powerful machine but think a MP is too expensive there is the option to choose Windows or Linux. But looking at a Dell Workstation it doesn't seem that much cheaper to me.

But maybe I'm looking at this wrong, and someone can enlighten me.
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But looking at a Dell Workstation it doesn't seem that much cheaper to me.

 

 

I think he wants more of a consumer desktop. That product category has been dying for years due to lack of profitability. I'm not sure whether the do it yourself market will hold out longer there. I suggested on another thread that if this was a critical point for Apple, it would seem more logical to work from what they have. The imac could have been designed with room for greater storage capacity and service options in mind there rather than a thinned out design. I disagree with some about materials. It's a few dollars worth of material savings at best on something that starts in the $1200 range. I would say their lower configurations are also somewhat stingy in certain areas. I do think the idea of the mac pro somehow being too expensive to build and creeping down toward imac territory by reducing its material costs shows a lack of comprehension of the potential goals for the product line. If the price to performance ratio is out of alignment, it would make more sense to boost the specs of the current base level machine there. While it's unlikely that they'll ever reverse strategies on margins like that, something like a 6 core at the starting level would be much more attractive. The other oems tend to price single package quad cpu workstations much lower with comparable internal expansion and the same C6XX chipsets. The arguments that Apple is locked to the cost of dual socket parts or that they should move to i7s also shows a misunderstanding. The dual versions carry very high margins as long as they meet the minimum volume to be worth it. This strategy is also used by other oems as you've noted. In Apple's case they re-use the same backplane without the expensive dual components in their quad and six core workstations. Development costs are likely spread as efficiently as possible here in spite of the perceived higher pricing model, which I still think is strategic. I would not expect pricing to drop below a baseline of $2500 outside of refurbished units as a strategic move, where hardware could be bumped appropriately to the price target.

 

Anyway if you're looking at Dell or Lenovo, you can spec out a decent rig assuming single socket parts around $2500-2800 excluding ram and hard drive upgrades, while their base quad core models with low end workstation gpus (something that's becoming less common) can be purchased anywhere from $900-1500 depending on what brand and excluding smaller specialty vendors. It would be more likely to me to see a static price target with tuning made at the configuration and possibly case design levels. Airflow could be improved relative to the configurations Apple uses today, assuming those remain the same. I would be truly shocked if they expanded their desktop offerings in the $1000-2000 range. I still have imac complaints. If the screen gets to a point where I can live with it, I will test thunderbolt backup boot drives for smoothness, given the sealed box mentality. That is me personally. It would still have to be a top spec one based on today's hardware, as sometimes I need the power.

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I just want a machine with desktop parts. Not a Xeon workstation, not a laptop on a stick. Not a Mac Pro, a Mac Mini, or an iMac.

 

Just a Mac. I want a regular Mac. They should look at it as payback for us getting them through the 90s.

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Well, things can change, they do expand. But the philosophy remains.
Desktop/Laptop
Consumer/Professional

Can't find the right screendump, but you remember Steve's 1on1 I presume. I understand people wanting a Mac Pro, but cheaper. Since there isn't, I buy a Mac Pro. Always have. What are you going to do? Wait? That's not an option, save for it and then buy one. It's last longer than an iMac or mini, and you'll be happy with the upgradability.
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You are wrong a Mac Mini can last for years if it is taken care of properly and not abused.
 

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I just want a machine with desktop parts. Not a Xeon workstation, not a laptop on a stick. Not a Mac Pro, a Mac Mini, or an iMac.

The iMac only has laptop GPUs, which are pretty fast but everything else is desktop. You get a nice display bundled with it too.
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They should look at it as payback for us getting them through the 90s.

You mean payback for driving the company to the verge of bankruptcy half way through the 90s, which the iMac saved them from? Investing in the iMac and pushing the consumer towers out of the way looks like payback.
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Originally Posted by Daemonk View Post

They should look at it as payback for us getting them through the 90s.

 

Apple is a company. They sell product, you buy product. They owe you NOTHING.

 

And just to clarify, they owe ME nothing for my '90s purchases, either.

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I seriously beg to different. People keep looking at this through the eyes of the regular consumer. I support tens of thousand of Macs across the world for a very large company that supports many clients. And what difference does it make if it's proprietary software?? Again there is a huge difference between a workstation and a desktop. HP, IBM, Lenovo, Dell all major computer hardware companies have workstations. This thing is a truck not a desktop big difference. If you want something small and pretty for your desk buy an iMac.

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I seriously beg to different. People keep looking at this through the eyes of the regular consumer. I support tens of thousand of Macs across the world for a very large company that supports many clients. And what difference does it make if it's proprietary software?? Again there is a huge difference between a workstation and a desktop. HP, IBM, Lenovo, Dell all major computer hardware companies have workstations. This thing is a truck not a desktop big difference. If you want something small and pretty for your desk buy an iMac.

Couldn't agree more. People wanting a desktop should by a MP, if you want something cheap get an iMac or Mini. I don't see the problem either.
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I seriously beg to different. People keep looking at this through the eyes of the regular consumer. I support tens of thousand of Macs across the world for a very large company that supports many clients. And what difference does it make if it's proprietary software?? Again there is a huge difference between a workstation and a desktop. HP, IBM, Lenovo, Dell all major computer hardware companies have workstations. This thing is a truck not a desktop big difference. If you want something small and pretty for your desk buy an iMac.


I wasn't personally questioning the functionality of such a thing. It's typically very cost effective relative to performance. My point remains that the companies you mentioned have tried to de-emphasize basic desktop machines for years due to high levels of commoditization and shrinking profits. If there are enough users that would potentially switch to Mac with such an offering, the reasonable solution would be to better accommodate such users within the lines they currently have available. The unfortunate thing is that recent changes seem to be highly focused on aesthetics to the point of being potentially myopic. Apple is severely dependent on the iphone as most of their operating income comes from it as opposed to being somewhat balanced between their various product groups.

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I'm not sure what you are trying to say here.    First off the iMac is an All-In-One and as such it Is not a desktop platform.   This one little concept seems to extremely difficult for many to grasp.  

 

As to the Mac Pro being a truck that is simply a rehash of Apple marketing crap.   Further you are just repeating a failed position that a "pro" computer has to look a certain way.   A pro computer should be about performance and flexibility, delivering that doesn't require the big box the Mac Pro comes in.  

 

Frankly I don't know what in the hell is wrong with people that insist that Apple keep selling a failed product.   I don't know if it is a case of being self asorbed or simply lacking in business sense, but if you want to see future "PRO" level computers from Apple they absolutely need to change up the Mac Pro formula.  It is pretty simple really, if Apple can't get sales turned around we won't be seeing any desktop computers coming from Apple that could be considered "PRO" machines.  

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I seriously beg to different. People keep looking at this through the eyes of the regular consumer. I support tens of thousand of Macs across the world for a very large company that supports many clients. And what difference does it make if it's proprietary software?? Again there is a huge difference between a workstation and a desktop. HP, IBM, Lenovo, Dell all major computer hardware companies have workstations. This thing is a truck not a desktop big difference. If you want something small and pretty for your desk buy an iMac.

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I'm not sure what you are trying to say here.    First off the iMac is an All-In-One and as such it Is not a desktop platform.   This one little concept seems to extremely difficult for many to grasp.

Being an AIO doesn't mean it's not a desktop, that's a silly distinction. iMac is a desktop. all-in-one desktop. What you're looking for is "tower desktop". That is not very complicated and less contrived than your notion that it's not a desktop. I think it's more likely the tower form factor isn't really a desktop, given that its form factor is more suited for placement under the desk, either by floor, a little shelf or hanging, which I've done with towers for over a decade. Making towers notably less desktop-y than AIOs.

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Frankly I don't know what in the hell is wrong with people that insist that Apple keep selling a failed product. I don't know if it is a case of being self asorbed or simply lacking in business sense, but if you want to see future "PRO" level computers from Apple they absolutely need to change up the Mac Pro formula.

Consumer towers are a minority market and declining, why keep insisting Apple makes them? The main market for consumer towers are enthusiasts, be it gamers and tinkerers, and Apple has too much of an uphill climb with those crowds. At least with a Mac Pro, it's very profitable. Consumer towers aren't a very profitable market outside of the enthusiasts.

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It is pretty simple really, if Apple can't get sales turned around we won't be seeing any desktop computers coming from Apple that could be considered "PRO" machines.

Like whether YOU consider it a pro machine, those with a less rigid conception of the idea doesn't necessarily need the form factor. Somebody needing more number crunching than an iMac can easily justify a Mac Pro. Meanwhile, I can do better with an iMac than I could with my previous dual socket workstation, be it CAD, CAM, illustration, whatever.
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First off the iMac is an All-In-One and as such it Is not a desktop platform.
That's just crazy talk. There are two primary PC categories: Desktop and portable. Desktops are designed to be used at a desk or some station and have battery or built-in accessories that allow them to be portable. Portable machines have a built-in battery, keyboard and pointing device so it can be used on your lap, slide into a travel bag, etc. Notebooks are technically AIOs by design but they are not AIOs by name as that designation is reserved for desktop machines that contain the PC within the display.

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Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 V2 isn't due until 3rd quarter 2013, which jibes with Cook's comment about new Mac Pros in late 2013.  

 

Maybe Apple has a special arrangement with Intel on the latest Xeons?  

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I just find it sad that the minute this rumour raises it's head, there are half a dozen comments by people who are basically expecting an "X Mac" mini-tower (that Apple has never made and never should make).  You do not need a Mac Pro for an "iPhoto server" for instance.  

 

 

 

The Power Mac G4 was called a "mini tower" by Apple and the base version was $1599 IIRC.  That counts as an xMac for many of us.

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Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 V2 isn't due until 3rd quarter 2013, which jibes with Cook's comment about new Mac Pros in late 2013.  

 

Maybe Apple has a special arrangement with Intel on the latest Xeons?  


It has nothing to do with that. Why does everyone read into a statement that way? None of you heard it from the original source. It contain the words "Later" and "in 2013". It did not provide further context, even if it happens to work out that way. It just provided a calendar year target. Further it's unlikely that Apple has any kind of special arrangement. If they're skipping Sandy, engineering samples could be in circulation at Apple, but that is normal. Sandy also rolled out over several months. This kind of thing could roll into 2014 if they're stuck on Ivy. I get really tired of watching people add significance that defies all logic. It turns a simple statement into FUD.

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The Power Mac G4 was called a "mini tower"…

 

The Mac Pro is classed as a "mini tower" because of its size, too. This means nothing.

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If they're skipping Sandy, engineering samples could be in circulation at Apple, but that is normal. Sandy also rolled out over several months. This kind of thing could roll into 2014 if they're stuck on Ivy. I get really tired of watching people add significance that defies all logic. It turns a simple statement into FUD.

I don't see how it defies logic to assume that after making people wait nearly 3 years that they'd at least use the latest Xeon processors and not ones that everybody else shipped last May.

Some people seem to prefer the idea of getting Sandy Bridge around March but I don't get why anyone would rather get Sandy Bridge, nor why there would be completely unfounded assumptions that Ivy Bridge will be pushed back to 2014 when it's in production - that's the definition of FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt). Ivy Bridge being on time is optimistic, not FUD.

http://techiser.com/intel-database-confirmed-ivy-bridgee-15-cores-155502.html

If they stick with DP machines, it would potentially go 6-core, 12-core, 20-core, shipping exactly when everyone else is in June/July. They can go with up to 16-core Sandy Bridge in March but I don't see why that would be their most logical choice. They could do that tomorrow if they wanted to. Sandy Bridge is available right now. What possible reason would they have for delaying a Sandy Bridge launch any further and worse, pushing an Ivy Bridge Mac Pro back to 2014 when HP, Dell etc will launch Ivy Bridge this year? They might as well catch up when they have the chance.
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The issue with this is and always has been, I don't want cables, boxes, hard drives, etc all over my desk or else the pretty iMac will end p looking like the Dell shown below which is precisely what Apple tries to prevent. If I have a tower, I can put everything inside it where it should be.

 

 

 

That's a silly comparison.  Add the external HDDs and an external ODD to match the amount of drives that can be added internally to the desktop tower, and you'll find that it's the iMac with a rat's nest of cables behind it.

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That's a silly comparison.  Add the external HDDs and an external ODD to match the amount of drives that can be added internally to the desktop tower, and you'll find that it's the iMac with a rat's nest of cables behind it.

You have to be pretty OCD to think an HDD and ODD are equal to what we see from that Dell above. Apple doesn't put ports on their iMac to make them look pretty. They serve a purpose and I'm quite happy that I can plug in something to USB, TB, ethernet without having a half-dozen requires cables getting in the way.


PS: An ODD and HDD are even less cluttery than the iMac shown above because the new iMacs ship with a wireless keyboard and mouse/trackpad thereby removing the need for any of the wires to come out in front of the display.

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Add the external HDDs and an external ODD to match the amount of drives that can be added internally to the desktop tower, and you'll find that it's the iMac with a rat's nest of cables behind it.

 

That's one box, two more cables.

 

The only silly thing is you thinking ODDs are needed.

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Apple is a company. They sell product, you buy product. They owe you NOTHING.

 

And just to clarify, they owe ME nothing for my '90s purchases, either.

 

This attitude has served American business so well in recent decades!  

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