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Re: What if there actually IS a new Mac Pro?

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Craig SeemanRe: What if there actually IS a new Mac Pro?
by on Mar 15, 2012 at 6:37:04 pm

[Andrew Richards] "My guess is in keeping with the sloppy launch of FCPX, that card was omitted from whatever plist tells the App Store what is and isn't supported hardware."

But the card worked. That's my point. It meant a machine was viable for a little while longer even though, while not optimal, was certainly serviceable for those who wanted to try FCPX without making a hardware commitment. Apple is trying to steer one into a purchase, ultimately, even if that purchase is a good idea, it may be forced prematurely for the end user.

[Andrew Richards] "You can install FCP7 on a G5 if you modify the scripts in the install pkg."

There are some developers who take a different course. They'll say that feature "x" wont work with such hardware but the rest will function.

Sure it's Apple's choice in how to handle it but my point is that it's Apple's choice to lock out otherwise servicable hardware.

I believe that Apple will be much quicker to "pull that trigger" (set a higher threshold) as to what is or is not "a good user experience" and lock out system earlier than they've been doing with certain systems.

I also would not be surprised that the simple "replace my GPU with an unsupported GPU in my 2008 MacPro" option I took will be much harder to execute as time goes on with Apple's hardware.

Once can certainly argue that the changes Apple made was a design improvement in recent iMacs and system drives as well as the changes in user access to batteries in laptops, and that may be true, but the end result may well be shorter usable lifespans or greater expense to upgrade the internals vs buying a new system.



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