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Chris Harlan
Re: John Siracusa perspective on Mac Pro Successor
on Mar 27, 2013 at 5:40:22 am

[Marcus Moore] "Hardware design doesn't work like that, you can't just throw people and money at the problem and make it go faster. Just like with software design, after a certain point, more people doesn't help.
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I never said that it did. I said that they already had plans and prototyping to fall back on.

[Marcus Moore] "If there's no serious hardware design change, you might have a case to make. Otherwise, you'd be nuts to think they can design, prototype, finalize, set up overseas manufacturing lines, get them up to speed, and start manufacturing units in 12 months.
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That's not what I'm saying at all. They would have been designing and prototyping even while their interest was flagging. Your naive to think it is some sort of either/or situation, and that they wouldn't have several available alternate plans to move on. They've been designing and prototyping alternatives for years. Look at the Macbook Pro variations that never showed up in production, but manage to appear some years later on eBay. They have a vigorous R&D department, and undoubtedly had many paths to choose from the day after they made the hint of an announcement. There were all kinds of rumors floating around two years ago about a radical design involving a much smaller Mac Pro. No doubt this came from material orders for prototypes, and the like.

[Marcus Moore] "But if Apple had planned on ending the MacPro, then last year's non-update makes no sense at all. And that's beside the point that the well-connected Jim Dalrymple had already stated before WWDC that Apple wasn't ending the MacPro line.
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Yes, last year's non-update was a hasty PR bungle that went sideways. Everyone around here talks as if Apple has a single mind, and doesn't reverse or change directions. That's just not true. There are all kinds of internal fights and clashing priorities. You are making far too many assumptions based on air.



[Marcus Moore] "Perhaps very similar to what happened with X, where it's development cycle was artificially lengthened due to the mid-stream decision by Apple to abandon 64bit carbon.
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And there is one of many perfect examples of one side of Apple not knowing what another side is doing.


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