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Next Mac Pro may be smaller, narrower for rackmounts

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Thu April 21, 2011

Mac Pro may get remake for rackmounting

Apple may be on the verge of a long-expected revamp of the Mac Pro that could potentially assuage fears following the end of the Xserve. A rumor Thursday had the system narrower, going from over eight inches to five, while also becoming shorter at 19 inches. The layout as described by 9to5 might help it fit into a 3U rackmount, three times bigger than the Xserve's 1U but also capable of working as a regular desktop.

The computer might also tackle a commonly-cited problem with a lack of storage. Its drive sleds would be "stacked" and fit two each, according to the tip. Each bay would be ready to take solid-state drives, although it's unknown how much of that would change. Thunderbolt is a virtual certainty given its emphasis on very high speed storage.

Little else was mentioned, but the systems would presumably use the recently refreshed Xeon 5600 processor line as well as newer graphics cards and storage options. A narrower, shorter design could be an issue for add-in cards, either by cutting down on the number of available slots or by preventing the use of certain large cards. Apple may have the opportunity to maximize space.

The Mac Pro as it's known today has remained mostly unchanged for almost five years, when the first Intel models arrived in August 2006. That workstation was in turn based on the Power Mac G5 from 2003 and by extension makes the Mac Pro the oldest surviving design in the mix. Its relatively flexible chassis gave Apple little reason to change, but poor Xserve sales and an imminent rebirth of pro apps starting with Final Cut Pro X could have pushed Apple into action.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. phillymjs

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    Rackmountable or not...

    ...it would still need to have redundant power supplies and LOM to be accepted as a true Xserve replacement.

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    Who Cares!

    It's still going to be grossly overpriced and offer little in the way of upgrades.

  1. efithian

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    Media Center

    I love my Mac Pro 6-core but it is sort of gigantic. It fits fine in my computer room, but it would be nice to have that capability in my media center in place of a mac mini. The revised dimensions should work fine, although many customers may think it too expensive for a media center.

  1. Salty

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    Who knows

    Who knows, maybe they'd even kick in a "low end" i7 model! That would be stellar.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Face it!

    Apple (like any company seriously considering the bottom line - Duh - making $) is little by little getting rid of every section of it's business where it lacks total control.

    Servers are a good place to start trimming the fat, since the company had so little credibility in the particular area to begin with; as compared to it's competitors, both in software and hardware.

    Next will come workstation class computers, and finally the Macbook line will be replaced by some overgrown iPad model, that likewise will have you go through the application store to install any kind of (Jobs approved) software, and of course with it's own proprietary connectors.

    Which in the end might be a good thing, for Apple is also moving away the realm of tinkering and inquisitive creative users and into the mass market multi-media consumer. Getting away from the niche it started in, and lead for several years - Desktop Publishing, Music Composing & Editing, Graphic Arts, etc... - to become the next Sony (albeit much more streamed lined and focused).

    Que sera, sera...

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  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Que sera, sera

    whomever will troll, will troll
    scroll over the posts of Arn
    Que sera, sera

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  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Que sera, sera. . .

    whomever will troll, will troll
    scroll over the posts of Arne, you see
    Que sera, sera. . .

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Ribbit, Ribbit, Ribbit,

    thebiggfrogg New Fanboy Indeed!

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