Ultimate Mac Pro: Modular, stackable, cool
What does your dream Mac look like? Most folks just dream about such things or perhaps tweak the specs of one of Apple’s stock configurations. One über fan, however, has given the question serious consideration and created what is arguably the ultimate Mac Pro.
To put it mildly, Apple’s 2012 Mac Pro update was a major disappointment — no Ivy Bridge, no Thunderbolt, no USB 3. Yes, it still looks like a professional tower, but it’s outclassed in many respects by the company’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
Rather than just complain with the rest of us, Mac fan and designer Peter Zigich created a series of modular, stackable Apple towers — Modular MacPro Design Concept. Just need a powerful headless Mac with basic graphics or perhaps you’d like to add PCIx cards and multiple storage bays later? Zigich’s imagination has you covered.
For example, as a person who blogs, edits images and crunches/converts a fair bit of video, Zigich’s Base Pro looks pretty attractive to me.
Ultimate Mac is a pipe dream
That said, although the Mac will certainly be around for years to come, the extensible, expandable, component-based desktop computer vision illustrated by Zigich will never happen — that ship has already sailed. Or put another way, the cloud is here and my iPad is more powerful than a majority of the Macs I’ve owned over the years, cars are winning the race over trucks (see also: The ARM Mac Pro: Small, Light, Cheap, Plausible?).
Nevertheless, they are very pretty pictures…
What’s your take?