Last week Apple finally opened the game and an extremely unusual move for the company confirmed that it will rescue the origins of the game. Mac pro with a new model again focused on modularity, as was the original (affectionately dubbed the “cheese grater”) that has won professional hordes around the world over the last decade.
One question, however, remains: what does this new Mac Pro look like? The cylindrical design of the current model undeniably well sexybut part of the problem that caused this iteration to be considered a card out of the deck in the setups of designers, video editors, architects, engineers and other professionals ie not being modular enough, it is unlikely to continue into the next generation. On the other hand, I don't see Apple resuming the design of the previous generation; It is even possible that some elements of it will be brought back, but a faithful copy is extremely unlikely.
Considering all this, the Germans of Curved.de envisioned a concept for the future Mac Pro and personally I think the result was quite interesting.
Referring to the design of the “cheese grater” and also a good deal of the current Mac mini, the concept has as its central idea two side panels that rotate slightly around an axis, revealing spaces for the main internal components. According to this idea, it would be possible to easily swap or add video cards, storage units and RAM (there are two slots for the first two and four for memory).
On the back of the machine, a number and range of doors were envisioned for no professional to put a malfunctioning reminder that we are just talking about one concept and not really Apple. We have several USB-A and USB-C (Thunderbolt) ports, LAN, HDMI, FireWire and more, all illuminated by LEDs, as in the current generation. The rear also holds the button to unlock the side panels.
At the front we have an SD card slot and the only idea that I find extremely inappropriate in this concept: designers include a vertical Touch Bar occupying much of the machine's front face, including a Touch ID reader. You can already imagine the reasons for the failure of this idea: it assumes that all owners of this Mac Pro would position the computer on the table, next to the monitor and an arm's length which is certainly not the reality of many. In addition, the Touch Bar must, as Apple itself has already specified, have as its main feature continuity with the software being displayed on the main screen, which is completely lost here. No, it was not much cooler the idea of a new Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar.
In addition, designers have even imagined a new Cinema display also promised by Ma to keep up with the Mac Pro. While the all-border design was admittedly quite interesting, the doors in the very center of the back would actually be a usability nightmare not to mention the foundation that makes weight distribution a nightmare and It would surely make your panel thousands of dollars tip forward with any adjustment.
Obviously, it is worth noting that, as with any concept, engineering limitations were not taken into account here only the designers' imagination was the limit, so it is possible that we are talking about physically impossible or impractical solutions if put into the real world. Still, good to imagine, anyway?