The inevitable gold Mac Pro concept arrives

By , Oct 27, 2013

Gold Mac Pro (Martin Hajek 007)

The prolific 3D designer Martin Hajek has envisioned a number of interesting Apple concepts, some more successful than the others. A few examples of his more recent work include the iPad mini 2 in gold and blue, the iWatch running Apple Maps and other iWatch renders.

Taking inspiration from a unique red Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive to be auctioned off for charity, Hajek has now produced a set of nice renditions attempting to imagine what Apple’s upcoming pro desktop might look like in gold finish…

“Jony Ive can do a red Mac Pro,” Hajek remarks on his blog. “But when I first showed this gold Mac Pro rendering to my girlfriend her first reaction was: I want it.”

Gold Mac Pro (Martin Hajek 009)

I’m not Hajek’s girlfriend, but I’d kill for one, too!

Another one.

Gold Mac Pro (Martin Hajek 010)

And here’s one depicting the Mac Pro, the iPhone 5s, Apple’s Magic Mouse and aluminum keyboard – all in gold.

Gold Mac Pro (Martin Hajek 002)

bling bling computing indeed.

You can find a couple more renders on Hajek’s blog right here.

Apple’s gone to great lengths to produce the Mac Pro’s ‘Made in USA’ enclosure. As revealed in its ‘how it’s made’ video, the company is employing the sophisticated deep drawing process on an astonishing scale and is using techniques typically reserved for the aerospace or medical device industries.

Mac Pro (top 001)

Apple has promised to ship the Mac Pro “in December” in two configurations.

The basic $2,999 model comes with Intel’s 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

Mac Pro (open, bottom part 001)

The more powerful $3,999 configuration includes a 3.5GHz six-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each and 256GB PCIe-based flash storage.

As per usual, customers will be able to configure the pro desktop to their liking through the online Apple Store. It’s my new dream desktop and my only regret is not being able to afford it – at least not without breaking the bank.

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  • chumawumba

    Why so fuzzy?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      For the dramatic effect, I’d reckon :D

      • Dylan Tyler Nunn

        It’s a depth of field. It’s suppose to tempt the viewer into looking at a certain part of the photo. The un blurred section.

  • Mr.Ocean

    I think its hideous :D

    • Dylan Tyler Nunn

      I agree! :D

  • http://richardwaterworth.me.uk/ Richard Waterworth

    It’d be expensive.

    • Dylan Tyler Nunn

      The gold iPhone and black iPhone are the same price, so wouldn’t the gold Mac Pro and black Mac Pro also be the same price. Both expensive at the prices of 3k and 4k

      • Σαλαη αββας

        Not here , the white iphone costs 20$ more than the black one !!

      • Dylan Tyler

        WHAT!!? Really? Retail?

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        That’s racist.

      • Hadi

        Here the gold iPhone costs about $100 more than the black one and $60 more than silver!

  • Mounir Toumi

    It’s so gorgeous that I feel bad right now (because I don’t have it)

  • Kurt

    Still looks like a trash can next to one’s toilet.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Thanx for that.

    • Cameron Chao

      this ones gold though, fit for the queen.

      • Skip

        FK the queen.

      • Cameron Chao

        Fine then, fit for the Pope.

  • Freddy Born

    Rd2d dressed up as c3po

    • Mac_Guy

      Do you mean R2D2 from Star Wars? Completely agree though XD

  • Floo

    Listen… it doesn’t matter what colour you paint this thing. It still looks like a bin

    • blastingbigairs

      Ugly as sin I agree, but a Mac will always put any PC to shame.

  • Tom

    I’m happy with my Hackintosh <3

  • Burge

    Space gray ?

  • @sexyhamthing

    The lock switch wasnt on the actual thing right? seems quite….. just pointless… on a desktop

    • xSeriouSx

      Yes it was. It’s there for simplifying the opening process; flick it and you can easily remove the casing.

      • @sexyhamthing

        ah, makes more sense… i thought it was more akin to the hold switch on ipods…. too early to think XD

  • Ryan James Christensen

    I really wish it wouldn’t be so expensive. A lot more people would buy this if it didn’t cost so much. I can make a mac (Hackintosh) for almost $2,000 cheaper than the actual Mac

  • That Guy

    For under $2,000, you could build your own with dual i7 processors and 32 GB of RAM…

    • Bob

      It’s not the same thing. You don’t get the same quality.

      • xSeriouSx

        True, you instead get better quality for less cash (but more time on your side).

    • chumawumba

      But it’s windows…

      • That Guy

        What’s stopping you from installing Mountain Lion or Mavericks on a machine you built yourself?

        Apple currently charges $1499 for the entry level midgrade MacBook Pro, and they’ll bump you up from a 2.4 GHz i5 with a 3 MB LB cache to a 2.6 GHz i5 with a 4 MB LB cache for “only” $300.

        Considering you can buy a 3.5 GHz i7 with an 8 MB LB cache for just a little over $330 RETAIL, that’s a ridiculous upcharge for 0.2 GHz and an additional 1 MB LB cache, especially since there’s no extra labor costs associated with this kind of upgrade.

        As far as Bob’s comment about the quality, provided you’re using the same hardware, there is absolutely no difference in build quality. In fact, you can upgrade hardware to what is used in the more expensive Macs for a fraction of the price.

        And if you absolutely have to have the “look” of an Apple, you can always buy a broken Mac Book Pro on the cheap, and use the case and salvage any working parts.

      • lesposen

        Excellent advice for the three people who will follow it.

      • Mac_Guy

        For people who have that kind of money to build a computer with ridiculous specs thats fine, but the majority of people don’t have the knowledge or patience to build a computer from scratch and install the correct drivers to make it work (plus have those parts and drivers work with perfectly with OSX). Also you may have warranty on the parts but once thats gone your pretty much screwed and have to buy another part.

        The majority of people just want a computer that works and if it makes them feel tingly inside to know thats its coming from Apple, good for them. They know they are getting some of the best customer service and that their computer will be covered 100% with the addition of Apple Care. It only makes sense.

      • xSeriouSx

        ” that kind of money to build a computer with ridiculous specs”

        Specs that out perform the official Mac line yet cost a fraction of it is considered ridiculous to you? Typical Mactard attitude…

        Regarding the warranty, ain’t that the same sh*t with every official Mac? Except, you can’t just have the bad part replaced, you’ll have to cough a lot more cash to get an entire new computer.

      • Mac_Guy

        Any reason for the attitude? At work I got to swap the power supply for a custom desktop with specs near that of the new Mac Pro. The owner told me it was a $6,000 project (could have been cheaper, like you say, but he was very picky about the parts he wanted) and it was a monstrosity. I don’t see anyone spending $3,000-$4,000 and getting the same compact size as the new Mac Pro (I may be wrong but I won’t believe it until I see it). I know there are computers that’ll out perform the Mac Pro but whats the point unless your a professional?

        Regarding warranty, thats why you should get Apple Care or cough up the $800 to replace the Logic Board. Any other repair is 100% do-able. I think its funny how you can build a PC but when it comes to a Mac your immediately assume you have to buy a new computer, won’t even get close to the inside of a Mac. Its the same shit, just go in and replace the part. No need to buy a new computer unless you don’t know what your doing.

        You assume I have a “Mactard attitude” because of my username and comment? How about you have an intelligent response without criticizing someone from one comment?

      • That Guy

        $800 to replace the Logic Board? That’s outrageous…

        For those who are unaware, a logic board is just a fancy name for a motherboard. A decent motherboard ( Gigabyte Z77-DS3H ) that’s fully Apple compatible costs as little as $100. Replacing the motherboard is 100% doable. No need to pay an “Apple Genius” $700 for less than an hour’s worth of work when you could likely have a local computer shop do the repair for far less if you don’t have the ability to do it yourself.

        Additionally, if you buy all the parts online, you could still have a local computer shop put it all together for you.

        As far as this comment- “I don’t see anyone spending $3,000-$4,000 and getting the same compact size as the new Mac Pro.”

        You’re absolutely correct. Apple’s power supplies have a different form factor than your standard ATX power supply. Unless you’re really going after the “look” of an Apple, it’s likely not worth the time to purchase a broken Mac Pro and get creative with your case layout (cutting off parts of the motherboard, building custom hard drive trays, etc.)to fit everything in there.

        So, yeah, if you’re willing to pay an extra $2,000 for compact size and looks, go right ahead.

        Personally, I’d rather have a slightly bigger case with extra room for expansion drives and additional hardware if it means I have a better performing computer AND an extra $2,000-3,000 in my pocket.

      • xSeriouSx

        “but whats the point unless your a professional?”

        Uhm, do you actually think the Mac Pro is for the regular household consumer? That’s a complete overkill. A computer with the performance of a Macbook Air is more than enough.

        “I think its funny how you can build a PC but when it comes to a Mac your immediately assume you have to buy a new computer, won’t even get close to the inside of a Mac.”

        Becomes the same when you go up to the Mac Pro, lower than that, in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s been either significantly more expensive (thanks to Apple’s proprietary sh*t) or next to impossible (not sure if that applies to the Mac mini). Back when you could upgrade your RAM (now it’s soldered to the motherboard), a 4 GB module from Apple cost over $200, compare that to a DDR3 module that cost $50 at Memory Express.

        “Regarding warranty, thats why you should get Apple Care or cough up the $800 to replace the Logic Board.”

        Hahaha, where on earth did you get that number? Is that how much Apple was charging to replace yours? I could find a good as new motherboard for under $200 and replace myne within 1hr. Why bother with Apple Care when it’ll be cheaper to fix it yourself in case of an accident? If you haven’t noticed, AppleCare doesn’t cover accidental damages (only manufacturer defects); at least that’s what their agreements state on page 3: http://bit ly/1cbvEiM.

      • Mac_Guy

        A family member spilled water on their laptop and they paid a flat rate of $800 to fix the problem, which was to replace the motherboard. They had no Apple Care or anything. I’m pretty sure paying $800 is worth it compared to buying another Macbook Pro.

        If I had the same problem, yes I would buy the board and swap it myself but again people, I’m talking about the average customer which I don’t think you guys clearly get.

      • That Guy

        No, we get it. We understand many people have no idea their local computer shop would fix their Apple laptop for far cheaper than the Apple Store.

        However, we don’t base our opinions on ignorance just because there are ignorant people out there.

        However, if it was a family member, why didn’t you speak up and offer to do the repair? Some family member you are. And even if they didn’t trust you because you’re not a “licensed technician”, you should have at least informed them they don’t have to have Apple repair their laptop.

      • Mac_Guy

        They have built up a trust with Apple and to be 100% honest, my family and I live very comfortably (to put it nicely) so spending $800 to get it repaired by a licensed technician from the makers of the product seems like the right thing to do in their eyes. I’m the only slightly “tech-savy” member of the family and enjoy getting hands on with electronics. Its not that they don’t trust me but why not get it repair by licensed technicians if you can afford it. Hopefully within the next couple of Apple will call me back (after passing 3 interviews already) to work and be in FRS and then move-up to Genius so I’ll take care of the repairs for them.

      • That Guy

        Because it costs $800 instead of $200-300?

        It’s not like the guy at the Genius Bar with Comptia A++ certification is any more qualified than the guy at the local repair shop that fixes both Apples and PCs.

      • Mac_Guy

        At my previous job I got to repair the best of both worlds. I would remove the dust from their fans for that extra touch and let them know so they’ll come back. Maybe some local repair shops are even more qualified, but at the end of the day Apple is Apple. Everything they sell is overpriced including their services, hasn’t changed.

      • TDD140

        Quality and Windows don’t really fit well together in most cases.

  • Clement Yeo

    I dont think Apple will use “Bling Bling Computing” as tagline even if gold opt available.. LOL

  • slikmystar

    Still looks like a toilet dustbin

  • 2elev8

    why stop there. make the Apple display too!

  • fustian24

    I’m surprised, but I really like it.

  • Hidos Yilmaz

    Why this obsessive need to buy a completely new machine? Why not buy one from second hand? A used one. I don’t really see the point of buying a new machine. A used one without scratches functions and looks virtually the same. Except the price! It is 2/3rd or even half of the original price. Just trying to help ;)