My Current MacPro left me no Change from USD$11K, so I'de expect the new Machine to be similarly priced, from Base maybe 4k through to Max everything 12k, but what an amazing design, won me, I've been waiting for 3 years for Apple to get their act together & design the new MacPro, worth the wait from what I can see in this.
Someone mentioned Cables earlier, there's a gazilion cables coming out of my Current MacPro, just like there would be if it were a PC, you have to hook up a Monitor, but your Printer will work WiFi/Blue Tooth, only extra cabling I can think of at present is DVD Reader/Writer, so I don't really see Cabling as any more of an issue than current.
I imagine the Apple haters will, other than hate the thing because it's ?? round, will feel it was designed by Steve, with an Oujia Board input.
I'm sold, only issue I have with the whole thing is it's not available until late this year.
I'm with eml58, I have a MacPro now and can't wait to get the new, faster model. The only material difference is that the drives (optical and storage) must move out , which allows the new machine to be smaller and run cooler/quieter. Putting the drives inside was necessary with the older model, pre-Thunderbolt, since internal SATA connections were at the time the fastest available.
I don't know what "work" pwp is referring to; my current MacPro with SSD chews up pretty much anything and this new model will do so in spades. Yes, it will likely be pricey, but so are big white lenses.
paul13walnut5, I'm sorry to hear you've had issues with your MacPro's RAID and graphics card, but those are distinct from the computer itself. I've had no problems with my MacPro, any of its third-party parts, or any of the over 30 other Macs I've purchased over the years. They've proven their reliability again and again in a heavy-use work environment. Finally, opinions on FCPX vary. I personally don't do video (yet), but I know a lot of folks who at first didn't like the X version of FCP, but with its updates have come around to loving it. Either way, these machines are not just video editors.
I'd suggest withholding judgment until this thing hits the shelves and we can see how it actually performs and integrates with our peripherals. If Intel can finally get Thunderbolt off the ground (now with version 2 when there's still a dearth of version 1 peripherals available), we'll finally be cookin' with gas.