As part of doing a next-generation Mac Pro, Apple will be adopting a modular system that its pro customers have been yearning after ever since the company debuted the current trash bin design more than three years ago. While it’s going to take longer than this year to do such a system, German magazine Curved has created renderings imagining a modular Mac Pro and an edge-to-edge Apple display.

The renderings borrow from previous Mac Pro designs while adding, among other novelties, swiveling casing components providing for easier access to the internals, including two slots for full-size graphics cards, a slot for replacing the processor, a slot for upgrading HDD/SDD storage, another one for upgrading the RAM and more.

The Power button on the front of the casing doubles as Touch ID.

An OLED display strip would be a Touch Bar of sorts that could display various information about the internal components, such as graphics cards. Aside from the Power button and Touch Bar, the computer would also feature an SD card slot as well as microphone and headphone jacks out the front for easy access.

All the other ports would be located on the back of the casing, including USB-C, USB, FireWire, LAN, HDMI and more. Like with the current Mac Pro, the next Mac Pro could sport a button/latch on the back for opening the side doors.

I’m not so certain that a Mac mini-style design would be the way to go.

A computer like Mac Pro is meant to crunch a lot of numbers and put its CPU and GPU through their paces. Doing things like 4K video editing, music production, graphics design and more would require the CPU and GPU to run at full speed, generating heat.

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I don’t think that the ventilation holes on the top of the casing, as envision by Curved, would release enough hot air from the computer but I could be wrong: Apple’s existing thermal core design for Mac Pro seems to work fine.

If you ask me, Apple should adopt “cheese grater” design of Mac Pros sold from 2006 until 2013 if it’s serious about turning the next Mac Pro into a flexible, expandable and powerful desktop computer it’s meant to be.

Source: Curved

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Interesting design concept. It does remind me of an oversized Mac mini. There’s a lot that I like. For instance, the sliding rotating chassis which somewhat reveals the innards of the system, the abundance of ports and inclusion of “legacy” ports, the front-facing OLED touch-bar panel, and the upgradability.

    What I’m not fond of is the lack of a secondary ethernet port (some people may prefer to have dual gigabit ethernet ports), not a deal-breaker though. Also not fond of the TouchID being on the tower itself (this design assumes that the user will be putting their Mac Pro within half an arm’s length to place their finger on the sensor, some users may want to or have to put their Mac Pros on the floor and if they have to bend down each time they want to use the TouchID sensor would make for an awkward experience). The RAM DIMM slots although an interesting way to slide in or out the DIMMs, I’m not sure how they will be seated since they need to be laid out horizontally and pushed downwards to be seated correctly and the concept design shows that they can be slid horizontally in and out (not sure how that would work).

    Otherwise, cool and interesting design concept. As an addition, a new Mac Pro would look even greater if it also came in a space-black finish (as another colour option).

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Let’s be honest no1 will buy something so expensive and cheap out and add a HDD

  • Thumbs up for the Display!

    -100 for the Mac Pro..

    • LOL, guess we all look at things differently. That display made me cringe so hard as I think that display stand has to be the worst design I’ve ever seen. Better hope that you have 0 lighting glare as that monitor stand is not going to be adjustable in the slightest.

  • AgonyOfVictory

    I’ll take it with 2 of those monitors please. Thanks.

  • marc sticken

    Let me tell you why it will never work
    1. It’s apple they never listen to their customers
    2. The way the CPU is installed makes it impossible to put on the thermal paste
    3.those graphics cards need a 8 pin PCI-E plug no power no use
    4. The ram nuff said
    5. The entire swing body design

    No critical of apple but rather of engineers (aka dumb scientists) making design that are entirely impossible by the installation of the most important part and besides wtf is the power supply

  • MacServiceGuy

    ugly as hell

  • tiltdown

    not gonna happen