Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Crying shame that the authors don’t check these things, though I have no experience with writing or reporting, perhaps it’s way more difficult than one would expect from looking at it 'face value’.
The article was making the point that there's no 3rd party SSD for a user to replace the storage with. It's the same deal with the screen glue on the iMac. You can still technically open it but for all intents and purposes, the iMac is not user-accessible. While you can access the Mac Pro storage, without available upgrades, it's not user-serviceable.
I suspect some 3rd parties will buy machines from Apple or used ones to sell them in parts and this way make more money. If Apple moves the Mini to an SSD + HDD format, 3rd parties can buy the base Minis at $599 with the highest Apple options, pull out the SSD, put an HDD in the Mini and sell both separately. If there's enough demand for the parts, they'll make a reasonable enough markup.
There seems to be a move for a standard PCIe storage format:
If that takes off, I imagine that Apple will support it, if their one doesn't already. Samsung has a 1.6TB 3GB/s 2.5" model for enterprise use:
Having the CPU in a socket is the most cost-effective solution for Apple when the highest-end CPUs are over $2000. If a machine ever had a motherboard failure, pulling the CPU out is much easier. Plus the sales volumes are much lower so it doesn't make sense to have them already soldered to the boards. They can assemble them later on in the order process.
It doesn't look like future CPUs will be compatible as Haswell EP uses LGA 2011-3 while Ivy Bridge uses LGA 2011:
However, Broadwell will use the same socket as that one so you might be able to upgrade a 2014 Haswell Mac Pro with a 2015 Broadwell processor. Also, if you do buy an entry model, you can always upgrade to a higher-spec CPU with the same socket type when prices drop a bit. You might find that upgrading the whole machine is more cost-effective than switching the CPU alone though. If it costs $2k to upgrade an 8-core machine after 3 years and gets you to 10-core for the same price and is overall 2x as fast as the old one, it's not worthwhile paying say $1k for a 12-core CPU to get 1.5x when the new one has the warranty and new GPUs.