I use a hexcore Mac Pro in my office because I simply can’t stand waiting around for computers to do things while I’m waiting. One day I’ll be processing hundreds if not thousands of photos, and the next day I might be playing with some 4K video footage from a RED camera. I’ll also happily pay the price premium over an iMac for the simple reason that I like to have 4 drive bays. I often find it useful to use multiple internal drives, for example currently I have an internal drive dedicated to Time Machine and one with Boot Camp on to run Windows. Then I have a fourth drive that I use as a scratch disk for programs like Photoshop.
Whilst we don’t know detailed specs of the new machines, they will of course have Thunderbolt and finally USB3. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Firewire 800 go the way of the DoDo , so hopefully we will see 2 Thunderbolt ports on the front of the machine, and 2 or 3 on the back. There’s also the possibility that we will see a slightly different form factor that fits easily into a rack mounting system. Mac Pros could then be used to replace the now discontinues XServe.
I’m just about to embark on a month long trip to Europe but as soon as I return I shall be ordering one of these new machines, so long as Apple don’t pull any weird stunts with the pricing or specifications. I can’t wait to have a Thunderbolt storage system and simple access to things like USB3 memory card readers.
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