Make it look like the Cheese Grater if you want, or spend time designing something more modern and attractive. If I get a say in size, I’d like something along the size of the Power Mac G4. The Cheese Grater design was nice, but it was also a chore to lug around the few times I needed to move or rearrange my desk.
What I need more than faster CPUs is more cores. The trash can Mac Pro got this right. My iMac maxes out at 4-cores. I’m going to want at least 8 for a Mac Pro.
I don’t need multiple GPUs personally. I’m just a software developer who doesn’t do any game work. I just want to ensure that I have the best GPU I can get when I buy this so that I can ensure that macOS performs as well as it can for a few years. No stuttering when I toggle Mission Control!
Even if a new Mac Pro had everything I’ve listed and more, I still bet the machine could be smaller than the Cheese Graters. A modern Mac Pro should be able to live on or under a desk. The Cheese Graters were too big and heavy to go anywhere but the floor, while the 2013 Mac Pro begged to be behind a display somewhere. Flexibility here is key. If the new Apple display has a built-in cable, it should be long enough to reach the floor.
Dual CPU support still matters for many tasks, particularly server loads. Given the stalled-all performance of single CPU cores today and the continuing instability of GPU-based software, dual CPUs would be a welcome, and are needed for server type workloads.
Support for GPU of choice, and more than one GPU.
At least eight Thunderbolt 3 ports, on 4 busses. And not crammed tightly together.
Support for maximum speed PCIe cards, with at least two available slots.
Don’t make me dangle dongles: 4 USB 3.1 high speed ports and SD card reader slot.
I would like:
Lots of CPU cores.
Multiple (ideally 4+) internal storage bays for SSDs and 3.5-inch hard drives. The hard drives should be swappable while the Mac is running, without opening the case or disconnecting any wires. With processor technology advancing slower these days, I don’t care about updating my “CPU box” separately from external storage bays. I would rather have everything all in one box and provided by Apple so that I don’t have to worry about drivers or compatibility issues. And I don’t want to clutter my desk with boxes, cables, and power bricks.
A high RAM ceiling, with slots so that I can add more RAM later, when I need more and the price has come down.
Enough USB ports that I don’t need to attach an unreliable hub. There needs to be enough power that bus-powered devices don’t intermittently fail. And there should be a mix of USB-A and USB-C ports so that I can use both older and newer devices without dongles (plus keep using my label printer that doesn’t work with a dongle).
A bunch of Thunderbolt ports for multiple displays and external storage. There are no Thunderbolt hubs, so it’s essential that enough ports be built in.
At least one Ethernet port. It’s faster, I don’t want to slow down the Wi-Fi network for other devices, and I want to minimize any interference. Also, I’m tired of having my Mac randomly switch to our slower Wi-Fi network or try to latch onto a neighbor’s.
The external pro display should be matte and have a resolution of at least 2560×1600 points, i.e. full height like the old Cinema Displays, .
I don’t expect to need PCIe slots, but I think Apple should include a couple.
Previously: The Mac Pro Lives.
To find out what Hackintoshers want in the new machine, and maybe what would help bring back some pros that Apple has lost in recent years, we’ve talked to the moderators at one of our favourite Hacktinosh communities, tonymacx86.com.
We also got some input from our own resident Hackintosh enthusiast (and YouTuber) Jeff Benjamin, and some other pros and gamers that have made the jump from Apple’s pro machines to a Hackintosh.
A lot went wrong with the 2013 Mac Pro. […] It was designed to accommodate exactly two GPUs with relatively low heat output each, but CPU-heavy users didn’t need the second GPU, and GPU-heavy users needed hotter-running GPUs (and often just one really hot one). So the only configuration it was offered in was either overspecced (and overpriced) or underpowered for most Mac Pro customers.
Overly aggressive minimalism fails most spectacularly when there’s no clear consensus among customers on what can be removed. And if you ask Mac Pro customers what they need and want, there’s very little overlap[…]
The Mac Pro must be the catch-all at the high end: anytime someone says the iMac or MacBook Pro isn’t something enough for them, the solution should be the Mac Pro.
Update (2017-04-17): Daniel Pasco:
I realized that the corner that Apple has painted us into is just another “sweet solution” (similar to Jobs proposal that we develop web apps for iPhone instead of native apps).
This eight year old machine is a beast. It is everything that I have been missing. It embodies the zenith of industrial hardware design. It is literally bristling with ports, has four internal drive bays, and can support TWO of the most cutting edge graphics cards available on the market today.
Realize that the dream that professionals will just accept an iMac or the trash can Mac Pro is your dream, not theirs.
Update (2017-04-20): Kirk McElhearn:
While I don’t need “pro” features, I do want a computer that is more flexible, more upgradeable. The only thing I would demand, however, is silence. When I had the cheese grater Mac Pro, it was quieter than previous Macs, but still a bit noisy.
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