The Modular Mac Pro
The recent release of the iMac Pro has given professional users a seriously powerful machine as long as they’re willing to shell out some serious money. It appears as if Apple will be going a slightly different direction with the modular Mac Pro, offering easy upgradeability for those who need top performance that can adjust to suit their needs. The iMac Pro is extremely powerful, but the fact that users are largely stuck with the specifications they originally choose with no options to upgrade in the future is an unfortunate downside.
Fortunately, Apple reports have reconfirmed their commitment to an updated modular Mac Pro. While we don’t have any confirmed release date or even a formal announcement at this point, it’s nice to be reminded that an option that can grow with the needs of its owner is on the way. An excerpt from Apple’s statement confirms the company’s philosophy with the upcoming computer.
“In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.”
Upgradeability Is King
We haven’t heard much about a Mac Pro in quite some time, so it’s good to hear Apple talk about a refresh of a computer that many have viewed as dead and forgotten for quite some time. The Mac Pro represents the most high-end device in the Apple family, so the fact that a new model is in development is good news for those of us who need a computer that can keep up with the most demanding tasks. While it’s difficult to see why a user would need much more power than the recently redesigned iMac Pro, the modularity behind the Mac Pro is the biggest draw behind the luxury device.
Being able to update a computer with new graphics cards and memory is a luxury that has recently been reserved for PC users, but it looks as if the best of the best from Apple also will offer that functionality. Upgradeability has long been an advantage that Microsoft has over Apple, but it appears that there may be a relatively level playing field with the modular Mac Pro — so long as customers are willing to drop some serious money for the privilege. Apple devices are always pretty expensive, and as the top-of-the-line computer, it’s clear that the Mac Pro will cost an astronomical amount. For the price, however, users will enjoy the ultimate in power combined with the convenience and ease of use of an Apple operating system.
This announcement adds another high-end computer to a product family that has largely become dominated by iPhone and iPad. It’s clear that the biggest draw of the Apple ecosystem is its phones and tablets, but it’s good to see that the company hasn’t forgotten about its computer users with the recent launch of the iMac Pro and the impending announcement of the modular Mac Pro.