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  • Apple debuts new $5999 Mac Pro with up to 28-core Xeon processors

    karmadave said:
    Looks impressive, however there are a few drawbacks.

    1. Single CPU only. Most professional workstations offer a dual CPU option.
    2. AMD graphics only. Curious as to whether nor not nVidia GPU's will even work in this machine.
    3. Limited storage bays. Two (2) SSD's seems quite limited compared to most professional workstations.
    4. Price. $6K seems a bit over-priced for an 8-core workstation with minimal RAM, SSD, and Graphics.

    Overall, this is a niche product and likely not a huge money maker for Apple. That said, I am glad they are re-engaging with professional video and audio producers who've been waiting years for Apple to (re)introduce a truly modular professional workstation...

    1.  I was waiting for this complaint.  Why do you think dual sockets is a plus?  Because its not.  It adds EXTREME complexity, severely limits the number of chipsets and CPUs that are available to pick from, and caps the max clock frequency that CPU's can run at because higher clock speeds affect reliability over distance and at high GHz speeds every millimeter counts - among other things.

    "Most professional workstations" are still dual socket because they are riding on old designs.  This is a new design, crafted from the ground up around modern, high core CPUs.   How many PCI Express lanes are in those dual core workstations you are thinking of?  What's their memory bandwidth compared to this Mac Pro?  And what are the price points for similar configured/capable machines?  

    Thank goodness we have finally got enough cores in a single socket where dual sockets are not needed.  My big complaint on previous Pro's was them sticking to Xeons and dual sockets - driving the costs up and tying to Intel's glacial server chipset timelines.  

    2.  Unless you are doing CUDA I have a feeling the GPUs in this beast will hang with or surpass Nvidia's offerings.  Benchmarks will be interesting, but I can't wait to see real world application performance.  This box is going to be a screamer for video!  Did you notice the second interconnect for multiple card setups?  I think Final Cut Pro X is going to absolutely kill on this machine.  You can do amazing things when you own the hardware, OS and application software  ;)  I don't think Windows/Linux boxes are going to be able to match video performance at any price; time will tell but boasting they can do three 8K streams in real time should hint that this just isn't a warmed-over PC workstation design.  There's quite a bit more going on under the hood (as there should be for this long of a wait and at this price point!).

    3.  Meh - 4TB of flash is more than enough for in the box (as much as it pains me to say that).  Most video houses have all their video on a SAN or beefy NAS, not local.  And this isn't normal SSD - it's the same turbocharged SSD architecture power by the T2 for the SSD controller. Except in this Mac Pro it isn't soldered to the board - woot!  The performance on this stuff should be amazing compared even to NVMe SSDs thanks to the T2.  If you really need more local storage a Thunderbolt 3 array should more than make up for any missing internal drive capabilities.  The amount of native TB3 ports you can hang a large number of arrays on their own TB3 port not shared with anything else - this thing is a beast when it comes to I/O.  A mini mainframe, really...

    4.  Compared to what I spent on my 2007 Mac Pro this machine isn't a steal, but it's a better value for what you get.  Yeah, it starts with a higher baseline - but feature for feature there is no comparison.  If you don't need the extreme expandability then that's what the iMac Pro or a tricked out iMac is for.  It would be nice if they had a smaller two or three slot Mac Pro (ala the IIcx/IIci) but really the case and slots aren't were the cost is.  The bulk of cost is in the chipset, the CPU, the RAM, the power supply - the engineering to make all of that work.  If they could shave $1K off would it be enough to justify a totally different SKU?  Nope.  Which is why we won't see the xMac any time soon (despite me still wanting one).  

    The Mac Pro was always a niche product.  At least this iteration re-establishes that they wish to uncontestedly own that high end niche again :)
  • Apple Watch Series 5 -- hands on and first impressions

    The titanium is intriguing, but I still prefer the lightest weight option - aluminum.  Which, as a Cheap Bastard™, also rewards me from that perspective too :)

    It's nice that all the aluminum colors are the same price now - charging more for black when it debuted was obnoxious.  

    The Milanese Loop is indeed a work of metal art, but I've been extremely pleased with the velcro loop bands (whatever they call them) - light weight and astonishingly durable.  I garden and do other crap with the watch on and the dirt rinses right out and the band dries amazingly fast.  Whatever material Apple made them from was chosen wisely!
  • iMac Pro testing shows 10-core model dramatically faster than any other Mac on intensive t...

    You mean when you put desktop parts instead of laptop parts in a desktop computer you get massive increases in performance?

    Get out of here!
  • Apple unveils all new 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display, Thunderbolt 3 and more

    rogifan_new said:
    What’s embarrassing is the non-retina MBA is still in the lineup but at $999. 
    Not everyone needs higher end stuff.  Like schools. 

    Not everything is about you.  Or me.  Or even the other users of this forum.

    I never understand comments like yours.  People need to seriously get over themselves. 
  • Microsoft should have been Apple's challenger in mobile, says Bill Gates

    Microsoft, like most companies, wasn't willing to "knife the baby" - they couldn't let go of Windows desktop as the center of the universe and paid the price.

    Apple has embraced their products being eclipsed by the natural follow on - and ensured they were eclipsed by another Apple product.  Witness iPod to iPhone.  Microsoft just couldn't get their head wrapped around that and they paid the price for it with Windows, Windows, Windows!

    That's why Satya Nadella was a much needed change.  He got Microsoft back into being a software company and not a Windows company. 

    Microsoft as a software company is not a company I'd bet against.  Back in the day, much of the best Mac software came from Microsoft. 
  • Apple debuts new $5999 Mac Pro with up to 28-core Xeon processors

    canukstorm said:
    You seriously think that a stand is worth $999?
    Luckily it's optional and every monitor comes with a standard VESA mount.  

    But yeah, for $1K it better do a whole lot more than hold the monitor up  :#

    I wonder how much this beast will weigh and what a good desk or wall mount arm will cost?  I suspect the Apple stand at $1K may be a bargain (that screen is HUGE and probably pretty hefty).

    And is this the introduction of the third or fourth Apple proprietary connector to combine video and power?  The more things change the more....
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  • Apple may not use mechanical switches in a future MacBook keyboard at all

    Good grief, I hope they keep the experimentation to desktop keyboards and fall back the laptops to the tried, true and RELIABLE designs.  I'd like to get a new Mac laptop sometime in the near future but I am not touching one of those butterfly abominations. 
  • Apple unveils new Apple Watch Series 5, with always on screen

    So now on the Apple website I can order either a Series 5 or Series 3. What happened to Series 4? I wanted a lower price on an ECG capable watch, but that's not possible now.

    Other sites like BestBuy still have them - better  get 'em while they last!  Also don't forget Apple refurbs.  I've bought LOTS of refurbished Apple gear over the years and never had a problem with them treating it differently on the rare times I needed support. 
  • Apple unveils new Apple Watch Series 5, with always on screen

    bigtds said:
    Cool watch but 18hrs battery life is still pretty bad. 
    Not at all - I never wore watches to bed - mechanical or otherwise.  Instead of putting a mechanical watch in a stand I put my Apple Watch in its stand and it charges well before I awake.  If you wan't something you can wear continuously then you will have to switch to devices that don't offer as much functionality.  And if you don't need/want the functionality the Apple Watch offers there's nothing wrong with using any of the other alternatives including wearing a mechanical watch or no watch at all.  

    For me the Apple Watch does exactly what I want and more - it's a remote screen for my phone, a silent and reliable way to get notifications and the bonus for me is the health tracking.  Certainly not why I was originally interested in, but now consider mandatory functionality.  

    I was a bit disappointed there were no new health sensors and instead we got a compass - meh.  I suppose if you often leave your phone behind, especially for the cellular watch users, it could be a compelling feature.  Nice to see them still iterating.  

    The always on screen was a nice surprise - and that affects battery too.  I'm amazed they think they can keep the same runtime despite adding a significant drain with the screen (even with the tricks it's still a significant new draw on power!).
  • Editorial: CNBC is still serving up some really bad hot takes on Apple

    boboq said:
    It seems clear (at least to me, an old codger) that “news” has been replaced by “arousing emotion.” 
    Yup!  Outrage feeds the machine.

    What boggles my mind is that so many willingly soak this crap up!