Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
True. I doubt the new Landmark Pro will just arrive in isolation. It's Mavericks. The Pro. 4k Monitor (they've been on sale since earlier this year?) It's planets in alignment stuff. They've had several years to get this right. The components are there. It's just the timing.
I'd actually have to ask what in hell is up at Apple if they didn't have a complete solution to debut with the new Mac Pro. It would be a huge mistake to throw the machine on the market alone.
It's not just going to arrive on its own with no studio display or Mavericks.
Similarly. No mini update alongside the iMac. Very intriguing.
I don't understand this one either, if the Mini doesn't get a silent update then what changed?
Basically, the last pro was being chased down by the Mini it was so out of date.
But the new 'Pro' is so 'Mini' now...why not save production costs, do away with the Mini and just have the Pro with the internals you want? From Mini spec? iMac spec? Pro spec?
The idea that Apple could throw a low cost board into that Mac Pro chassis is very intriguing to say the least. They might even be able to offer a server version with the single board computer on one side and SSDs or hard drives on the other two sides. Frankly it would make for a better server compared to the Mini.
One 'box' or 'cylinder' to rule them all? The pro is a 'mini'.
So why not be able to have the 'mini' as the 'pro' but with an i7 in it and a 780MX and price it at £999 inc Vat and what it fly out stores?
Here is the interesting thing, Haswell with Iris will be good enough for many. However there are those that need a bit more, so why not offer an option of a video card from the Pro machine. They can use a model that didn't reach the top of the "up to" label.
In effect this turns the Mini replacement into a two slot machine if they recycle as much of the Mac Pros hardware as possible. The chip sets might not support GPUs in both slots if you run out of PCI Express lanes (depends upon the Haswell choosen). With care though I think Apple could hit somewhere between $1200-1500 dollars US.
One at £799 inc VAT, i7 with SSD and Iris graphics.
Yep! People question the possibility should only look at MBA. Ditch the laptop parts and you have a similar price structure for the Mac Pro Jr.
Prosumer Pro in Space Grey or Aluminium. Mac Pro in Black. See what I did there?
I wouldn't even bother to change colors.
Would streamline teh desktop way more. And you don't have to worry about packing in the components in too small a space. You have a far more scaleable design for it to be a 'order whatever you components' you want to 'white box' (or black cylinder in this case...)
This is the thing, Apple could offer one unit with a 45 watt Haswell and another with a 75 watt Haswell. This would provide for a significant performance delta for MP Jr, while still leaving a huge gap between them and the pro machine. The big difference here being cores which is what many Pro apps are all about.
Offer a range of components. Let the user configure.
In fact, you could even wipe out the iMac with this idea. Just one cylinder. Studio display. One of each. One desktop. One monitor.
Wiping out the iMac concept would make my day. Not so much the machine but rather the idea that it isn't serviceable for the things most likely needing service. The Mini currently isn't as bad as the iMac but the Minis functionality delivered in a Mac Pro chassis should be far more serviceable.
Config' with the Mini-iMac-Pro specs. Ultra steamlined.
I could go for that... Surely they'd save a fortune this way? And maximise desktop profits? It may even coax over some more PC switchers if they could just configure a 'tower' (cylinder) to just about any spec.
Lemon Bon Bon.
Well the reality is this, they have to do something different to address the changing market!
The Mini is a nice machine, don't get me wrong on that account, but sales are slipping and it isn't the Mini nor Apples fault. Desktop sales where on the decline well before iPad. A platform that can span user needs from near the bottom to as near the top as the Mac Pro goes would be ideal.
In any event I hope that in 11 days we see more than an iPad debut. It would be very frustrating to go through another Apple roll out that doesn't cover what you are interested in. Well OK everything you are interested in.