I'd really like to know what Logan and the crew think of the redesigned Mac Pro.
I think the idea behind it is very Apple-like (duh), but I also think they're going away from what some pros really need, and that's an expandable workstation.
Even though they've somehow managed to fit dual xeons and dual firepro GPU's in a 9.9x6.6" tube, there's no room for anything else. I know they like to make things small and easy to use, but I don't know how many professionals really want something like that.
They've removed any space for serious storage exept for there proprietary SSD PCIE stick thingy. Unless they've managed to fit 4tb of space on that stick, I don't see many editors being to happy with this.
They mention editing 4k video and other things in there "slide show", and I feel like that's a perfect example for this problem. To store and edit 4k video you're going to have to buy an external thunderbolt raid enclosure that's probably going to be the same size or bigger than the system itself just to be able to store and edit that stuff at a reasonable speed. Right there it seems like the concept is already falling apart.
Not only do you have to drop all of the extra money on this little tube with all this power, now you have to drop another $1k to get a 4-bay thunderbolt enclosure when if it was anything like a PC you could've got a decent RAID card for less than half that price.
I know they're all for simple-to-use, and being able to daisy chain a few thunderbolt enclosures and a monitor to a single port is pretty simple to figure out, but why not give users some room for internal storage to make things more simple?
I think including space for 4 traditional 3.5" drives hooked up to a decent built-in raid controller would be great. Have it so that out of the box users have the choice between more speed (raid 5) or more security (Raid 10) and be done. That way the even less tech savvy can get great performance without having to figure out what a good raid enclosure is, and the more tech savvy can look at it and say, "No wonder this thing is so overpriced they have this stupid proprietary raid controller that you can't even configure yourself, this is why I don't own a mac, I'm going to just build a PC like I always do."
All in all I think Apple has really shown there true colors as an overpriced option for the people who either have more money than sense or for those who don't know any better. And yes, I do own an iPhone, I'm a hypocrite.
For anyone interested in seeing what the new Mac Pro 2013 looks like/etc, check out Apples "Slide Show" thing.