#Mac Pro

David Pierce:

From a non-video perspective, the Mac Pro is in general very fast: once we switched the Sharp monitor’s refresh rate from 30Hz to 60Hz, absolutely everything felt smooth and fluid. (OS X is comically small on a 4K monitor, however.) The machine boots in a surprisingly slow 35 seconds, resumes from sleep very quickly, and it’s nearly always clear there’s plenty of power at your disposal while the Pro quietly hums along.

Two surprises here:

1) That it takes that long to boot — far longer than my MacBook Air.

2) That OS X isn’t yet better tailored for 4K monitors, despite that being a selling point of this machine.

Of course, the selling point of this machine is that it can power 4K monitors, but Apple doesn’t (yet) make one of these, so maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised at this oversight. I suspect 2014 will see Apple remedy both of these things: an OS X that is 4K-ready and a 4K display for this Mac Pro.

The real question: will the iMac be able to go 4K this year under the “retina” moniker? I imagine that it’s a slam dunk that the MacBook Air will get a retina upgrade this year, but is it still too cost prohibitive for its consumer-class brother with a far larger screen? 

As all the Mac Pro reviews have made very clear, this device is not consumer-class given its price, so I imagine Apple has far more wiggle room here to release a large retina display at an even larger price point.

John Paczkowski on tomorrow’s Apple event:

A potential wildcard here: A new display to pair with the Pro. Apple hasn’t fielded a new monitor since introducing the Thunderbolt LED display in 2011. Its latest Mac Pro has enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously, and it’s hard to imagine the company debuting it without a new monitor that can take at least some advantage of that.

Given the power of the Pro, it would seem to make sense to upgrade the place where users actually interface with the device — the displays — to match. It has been awhile since Apple has upgraded their displays in a major way and they’re definitely starting to look dated next to the retina displays on the MacBook Pros (as well as iPad). It does feel like it’s time to make the retina (4K) jump here. Especially for professional video editors who will undoubtedly scoop up the Mac Pro. Cost (which will likely be crazy) should be less of an issue at there as well.

Anyone else find it very odd that Apple is commenting on these future, unreleased products at all? Given the backlash, I could see them *maybe* hinting about something with the Mac Pro, but the iMac? They’re effectively torpedoing sales of that product until next year. Very odd.

Update: Apple has clarified that while they (Tim Cook, no less) are on record as saying the Mac Pro will be updated next year, they actually have nothing to say about the iMac. This could mean the iMac will see an update sooner — or that they want don’t want to set expectations of the device (which is much more popular than the Mac Pro), potentially hurting sales.