Posted October 31st, 2011 @ 03:14pm by Erik J. Barzeski
My Mac Pro is getting older. It's a 2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Xeon with 13 GB of RAM. I've got four 1 TB SATA disks inside. It's hooked up to an older 23" Cinema Display and is on its second video card. The top SuperDrive (I have two) sticks sometimes when you eject the tray.
Apple's Mac Pro line has languished for quite some time without an update. 461 days, apparently.
This article at MacNN and this one at TUAW suggest that the Mac Pro line may vanish soon.
I think that'd be a mistake. I also think that the current lineup of Mac Pros is overpriced, particularly when you consider that a base model iMac costs as little as $1199 and includes a display. And Thunderbolt.
The comments on the linked articles say what I would say, too: the high-end desktop is a niche, but it's an important niche. It's the computer developers and creatives use to make the content that people consume on their iPhones, iPads, and laptops.
I've got four hard drives and an attached Drobo. I have a fair amount of content, and I appreciate being able to keep it on drives separate from my main disk.
I'd like my next computer to be a Mac Pro, but it's stupid to buy now and the rumors are either that the Mac Pro line is going away or not getting an update until the first part of 2012. Ouch.
An iMac will be more likely - but that doesn't solve the question of what I'll do with my other drives.
Until then, I wait, fingers crossed, knocking on wood.