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Today's crazy fact you won't believe – those $400 Mac Pro wheels don't lock in place

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Mac Pro wheels (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple sells $400 sets of wheels for Mac Pro.
  • Normally it would come with feet, but wheels make it more portable.
  • But those wheels don't have any locking mechanism.

If you're the proud owner of a new Mac Pro and need to move it around frequently, you're probably going to want some of those $400 wheels. Sure, they cost more than they should but they're probably massively over-engineered, right? Well, maybe they are, but there seems to be one glaring omission – they don't lock in place.

That rather amazing revelation comes after YouTuber Marques "MKBHD" Brownlee took to Twitter to show just how easily a Mac Pro can wheel itself around when left to its own devices. And it makes for some spine-tingling watching.

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While it might make tons of sense to have the wheels move easily – that's what they're there for, after all – they do appear to move too freely. After all, what happens if your Mac Pro is up on a desk and that desk isn't quite as level as you thought it was?

That has the potential to be a $50,000 tumble right there. Ouch!

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

4 Comments
  • It’s Apple, I’m not the slightest bit surprised. And I’m sure someone will be along shortly to tell us how/why it’s not a big deal.
  • It's probably not a big deal because somebody else will make wheels that do lock and are much cheaper, you shouldn't feel compelled to buy everything from Apple. I use MFi charging cables on my iPhone because they're far more durable than Apple's
  • I literally laughed so hard when I read the first 6 words of your comment. Also, I would like to point out that if you have quite a few cables connected to your Mac Pro, as most Mac Pro customers will, it probably isn’t going to go anywhere.
  • Haha, well, Apple has always done things like this, but people keep buying them so Apple has no reason to stop. It's up to consumers what they buy and what they feel is worth the price