Scathing words from one of the original Mac brains for the barely-tweaked Mac Pro: "The only thing that's still high-end about it is the bloated price." However, I'm sure there's a new model in the works. Apple is a consumer company now, but it's not about to abandon its pro customers, especially the Final Cut Pro X market. It's just doing a lousy job of communicating that, but hey, welcome to Apple's faith-based customer communications 101: trust us, we know best.
The next generation MacBook Pro announced today at WWDC looks fantastic.  I ordered one immediately and can't wait to start using it.  Unfortunately, the euphoria was negated by my deep disappointment with the meagre, lame update that was silently bequeathed to the Mac Pro today.

The Mac Pro is Apple's top of the line, expandable Macintosh, aimed at users who need lots of computing power and disk storage, like programmers or other professionals.  I have an 8-core Mac Pro with 16 GB of RAM in my home office that was an amazing machine when I acquired it in 2008, but it's not so hot by today's standards.   I've been looking to get a new one for a while now, but Apple hadn't updated the hardware for two years, so I was looking forward to finally seeing a new one announced today, with essential features like Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

When they didn't mention the Mac Pro during the keynote presentation, I got worried but figured they'd update it anyway, it just wasn't worthy of mention from the high pulpit of the consumer-oriented keynote.  And sure enough, when I visited store.apple.com, there was a little "new" icon above the Mac Pro.   But I was in for a shock when I clicked on the link to check it out.

The specs for the "new" Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump.   Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements  - it seems like it's stuck in time in 2010.  The only thing that's still high-end about it is the bloated price.

Even though I'm well aware that Apple's future lies increasingly with mobile iOS-based devices, it still makes no sense to drop the ball on your high end desktop Mac so thoroughly, and to utterly disappoint your most loyal customers like yours truly.  Why do an update at all if you hardly change anything?  What's going on here?
 
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