Thread: Current Mac Pro vs. iMac
05-10-2012, 08:22 AM #16
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- Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
The Mac Pro needs Thunderbolt support because:
a) Apple has committed the entire line to TB, but much more importantly:
b) One of the biggest markets for Mac Pros is in the pro video field. People are working with 4K video files nowadays -- faster and vaster storage is a CONSTANT issue with video editors, and TB is being embraced by video people in a big way.
05-10-2012, 01:57 PM #17
05-10-2012, 02:05 PM #18
Some professional's who have some really large clients...or clients with specific demands...may even keep those client files on separate hard drives (thus this number of HD's could far exceed the Mac Pro's 4 internal bays)...with external drives being the only solution.
Also...the Thunderbolt port is supposed to be MUCH more than just something related to external HD storage...which is why all Macintosh computers are supposed to benefit from it. From the Mac-Mini to the Mac Pro.
05-10-2012, 06:19 PM #19
Most of us are aware of the external drive potential, and it can obviously be used to connect a display, or a bunch of displays. I was curious to know if there are other possible uses. I have heard about adapters to use it to connect to USB 3.0 devices, but I doubt that's what you're referring to.
05-10-2012, 06:31 PM #20
Apple - Thunderbolt: Next-generation high-speed I/O technology.
These links really do give you a better idea of what Apple hopes to do with "Thunderbolt".
But hey...the computer industry moves VERY quickly...and Apple even faster. After being a Mac-User since 1986...I have seen so many different port styles on Macintosh computers come & go.
This time next year (or the year after that) Thunderbolt could be ancient history! Something else could be developed that is superior to Thunderbolt.
Historically...think of all the different video ports Apple has had over the last 5 years. Hey...remember:
- How about a full-sized DVI port?
- About 8-10 years ago...Apple had the "ADC" port and cable...which simplified the number of cables between the computer & monitor (one cable for power, video, and sound).
Of course go figure...Windows computers still have a VGA port...which has been around since the 1980's!
05-10-2012, 07:24 PM #21
05-10-2012, 10:52 PM #22
05-10-2012, 11:01 PM #23
Now I'm all worked up because I really want an iMac, but there is too much chance of Apple announcing a new one in the not too distant future. I don't NEED to have one right this minute, but I WANT it! Patience isn't my strong point. The agony...
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