The Mac Pro is a frequent topic in my blog as I've been a bit of an enthusiast. To this date the most read article is Recommended Mac Pro Upgrades. Needless to say, when Apple redesigned the Mac Pro 2013 as a glorified iMac, my reaction to it wasn't kind. I needed some good news today and I got it, Gruber at DaringFirelball.com came away with the biggest scoop today, and I quote:
We’re not going to get into exactly what stage we’re in, just that we told the team to take the time to do something really great. To do something that can be supported for a long time with customers with updates and upgrades throughout the years. We’ll take the time it takes to do that. The current Mac Pro, as we’ve said a few times, was constrained thermally and it restricted our ability to upgrade it. And for that, we’re sorry to disappoint customers who wanted that, and we’ve asked the team to go and re-architect and design something great for the future that those Mac Pro customers who want more expandability, more upgradability in the future. It’ll meet more of those needs.
While the word "PCIe" isn't present, expandability and upgradability show up in the above quote, inferring hopefully a return to towers. My 2008 Mac Pro is still going strong and remains easily the best computer I've ever bought, and quite possibly the most over-engineered beautiful computer to date, down to the RAM upgrade trays, to the dual CPU, dual bus design that has made it a viable computer for almost a decade. It's a problem that Apple left us all wondering about it's fate.
If they're releasing a new Mac Pro, with a few PCIe slots and drive bays, I'll be the first in line to upgrade.
You can read the whole thing here