If you’re a computer nerd or even just a creative professional, you probably remember when Apple launched their latest flagship Mac Pro. The cylindrical machine immediately lambasted, was called the Apple trash can, and raised eyebrows among the power-using population.
It was a bit of a mess: It looked funny, was hard to upgrade and was expensive. Compared to previous open-architecture machines that graced virtually every creative studio this side of 1995, the latest Mac Pro was a dud. Many turned to high-end iMacs and left it at that. Apple didn’t even release a large-format monitor to go with the machine, instead suggesting that people look elsewhere.
It was also surprising for a company that originally leaned into the creative community, a professional favorite among designers, animators, musicians, and film makers who all wanted that easy-to-use Apple ethos along with powerful software.
That was four years ago.
“I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will,” said Craig Federighi, noting the cylindrical machine’s design that only allowed for external expansion, something that power users scoffed at.
Apple Vice President of worldwide marketing added, “We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our high-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding Pro customers.”
He also confirmed that Apple is working on a pro-level monitor to go with the machine.
In short, it looks like Apple is returning to their modular, desktop-like design for the highest-end Mac. Now for the bad news: If you’re itching for a new pro Mac, you’ll be waiting until about 2019.