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The 'Killer' Mac that Apple is NOT Offering, and Might Never  — the Apple Mac Workhorse

re: Why a Desktop Computer is Often Better than a Laptop

The consistently (give 'em that!) disappointing thing with Apple is that they take a good concept (the Mac mini) and then proceed to “Jony Ive” it with the stupidest design conceivable: soldered-on SSD, difficult-to-open case, inadequate cooling, buggy display support (nothing but problems for me at least). And that’s setting aside outright design bugs like WiFi problems causing interference.

CLICK TO VIEW: Apple MacBook Pro 16" with M1 Max chip

Most users thinking about a Mac Pro do not really need a Mac Pro. All they (and I) want and need is something straightforward that allows for top-end iMac 5K power in a compact box, something that minimizes the hassles of connecting stuff.

This then is what I’d like to see house the Apple M1X chip:

  • Rectangular form factor, something between the size of an OWC Thunderbay 4 and OWC Thunderbay 8, allowing horizontal or vertical placement. A flat rack-mountable design would suit me too.
  • 4 memory slots allowing 128GB or better (stretch goal: 8 slots). Ideally, option to buy with no memory.
  • 4 Thunderbolt ports and 4 USB-C (10 Gpbs) ports (perfect used for omnipresent USB-A devices, using the right cable).
  • Two Mini DisplayPort ports
  • SD card slot, CFExpress card slot, and sound in/out.
  • Dual NVMe slot slots for SSD. Totally upgradeable (not soldered-on). Ideally, option to buy with no SSDs.
  • A cover that pops off just by releasing a lever; something like the 'trash can' Mac Pro design.
  • Enough volume to make fan cooling unnecessary except under heavy loads, but ultra-low fan noise.

Basically a rectangular box with all the capabilities of an iMac 5K, without any display. Something that because of its cooling and design, could run under duress for 5 years without fear of failure— a real workhorse.

Will we ever see something with this much utility from Apple? I’d bet 10:1 against it.

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