Pardon the dust.
In the photo above, my Mac Pro is connected to the following:
- Ethernet -> Wall Outlet (Internet & my home network [gigabit])
- USB -> Lightning -> iPhone
- USB -> Lightning -> iPad
- USB -> KVM Switch
- USB -> External Storage Drive 1
- Thunderbolt -> Thunderbolt Dock (for more Thunderbolt & USB ports)
- Thunderbolt -> Displayport Monitor
- Thunderbolt -> External Storage Drive 2
- Thunderbolt -> External Storage Drive 3
- Thunderbolt -> KVM Switch
- Thunderbolt -> (my only open port)
- HDMI -> unused
- 3.5mm Line In -> spare audio cable for old headphones I sometimes use.
So yes, while the 2013 Mac Pro was a beautiful visual design, in practice, the design falls flat on its face...hard. I would wager that almost no customers who bought one of these machines, don't also have a similar cable situation going on behind it.
Now, I can see how the old cheese grater design might have also had a few cables coming out of the back of the case....but the case design was meant to sit under a desk where those cables could be made to be out of sight. The 2013 Mac Pro design was meant to be put on your desk, as if on display. And while this may work great on a lightly stained maple table in an Apple Store, this ends up being horrible in customers' homes.
So What Do I Want Instead?
- A big, rectangular, aluminum case
Just give me something I can put under my desk, and allows you to refresh every 6-12 months with new processors, graphics cards, RAM, and SSDs on your store. Something that I can have cables coming out of, under my desk, tucked away out of sight.
- Minimum of four INTERNAL SSD slots
Hell, you can even go crazy and give me six. I wont complain. If I can buy SSDs off Amazon and plug them in via PCI-E or even SATA - I'm fine with that. The alternative is losing half my desk space to external storage enclosures and cables going everywhere - which is what I have now and I hate it.
- An NVIDIA modern, gaming graphics card.
And I don't even want to play games on it. Gaming cards are what drives the industry. They're the best cards. New versions of them are released constantly. Just give us an internal PCI-E accelerated slot, like modern cards require and whatever the latest 1080 card NVIDIA is making right now. And 12 months from now, we can swap it out for a new card if we need be. If you're too slow to update your Mac Pro lineup, you wont hear us complaining constantly because we solved the issue ourselves freeing you up to continue squeezing every ounce of functionality and practicality out of the rest of your product line sacrificed on the altar of thiness in Jony Ive's white world.