Where Shall Apple Take the Mac Next?
The Macverse is bursting at the seams waiting for new Macs. A Mac specific event seems called for. Here's what I would like to see. Apple iMac (2017) It almost seems as if Apple is sitting on a timebomb. There is so much to do with the Mac, and the list keeps getting longer. Let's…
What I would like to see is an iMac cluster, connected via Thunderbolt 3. The transport should be fast enough to permit process migration between the node, including graphics. A regular iMac would permit a dual version, leaving one open Thunderbolt port on each. iMac pro could have a fully connected quad cluster, still leaving one extra T-bolt port on each.
I'd also like to see the Mach microkernal replaced by a next generation one, like the L4 series from the late Prof. Liedtke, that was developed using the Apple developed mklinux (microkernal Linux).
iMac needs s slight thinner bezel. The Bezel looks fine on 27", it looks a little dated on the 21".
We need better Keyboard. I think most people, especially developers could hand on for 32GB Memory, but Keyboard needs a total rethink.
I'd love to see a new iMac 27" with Target Display Mode. It's sad that this functionality has been MIA since 2011. Thunderbolt has enough bandwidth to support it now (TB3).
Fix the keyboard, ditch the useless touch bar, and stop raising prices. Anything beyond that is gravy...
Old UNIX Guy
Heard the podcast discussion, too - there's too much difference between Pro and Mini to make a single product. Minis get used as servers, but in a lot of applications servers don't need to be all powerful, and that's their use case.
I'm trying to frighten people with the prospect of a Mini with a single USB-C port, which on past actions, seems the most likely outcome. Sadly.
Could even be old tv sized puck/NUC and might just be a viable Mac - I recommend a lot of non-fussy people get a Mini and a cheap screen, so they get Mac, without too much price pain. I love Minis and wish they'd kept going down the quad-core path.
Love to see a 6 core Mini this year, or next. But Apple's pricing is putting their products beyond the market for a reasonable-power Mac. Sad really.
Still believe Apple's definition of Modular means E-GPU for Mac Pro, and that's worse than sad!