Why the new Mac Pro might be the most exciting Apple product since the iPad
Could the new Mac Pro be the most interesting piece of hardware Apple's fielded since the original iPad? Guy English, my co-host on Debug and Ad Hoc makes a great case for why it just might be so. From his Kickingbear blog:
This machine fascinates me not because it seems like it'll make everything I currently do faster. It fascinates me because it's fundamentally new. There's only one CPU socket and it bets heavily on the bus and GPU performance. While this looks to software to be just another Mac it isn't. It's capabilities aren't traditional. The CPU is a front end to a couple of very capable massively parallel processors at the end of a relatively fast bus. One of those GPUs isn't even hooked up to do graphics. I think that's a serious tell. If you leverage your massively parallel GPU to run a computation that runs even one second and in that time you can't update your screen, that's a problem. Have one GPU dedicated to rendering and a second available for serious computation and you've got an architecture that'll feel incredible to work with.
I'm now factorially more excited about this machine, and like Guy, not just because of what it is, but because of what it might allow to be.