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Andrew Kimery
Re: Apple and Thunderbolt 3
on Apr 22, 2016 at 4:37:46 pm

[Joe Marler] "Aside from further cannibalizing Mac Pro sales, it's not currently feasible to put a full-size GPU in the exiting iMac form factor. Even if the iMac was twice as thick it wouldn't be possible. "

Totally right about the iMac's aesthetics not being compatible with a full sized GPU. Besides the smaller GPU architectures coming out, isn't a new CPU from Intel dropping this year (or dropped recently)? Maybe late in the year we'll see a nMP as the desired combo of CPUs and GPUs becomes available. Apple requiring custom GPUs in relatively low yields probably doesn't help matters.

[Marcus Moore] "I'll take that bet. MacPros have always been upgraded on a roughly 2 year cycle,"

Not to be pedantic but from 2006-2010 we got a new Mac Pro about every 12-15 months (and the Power Macs before that were on about a 6 month cycle). The stretch between the 2010 model and the speed bump in 2012 was, at the time, the longest drought between releases. That gap has been obliterated by the nMP. According to Macrumors the 2010-2012 gap was 685 days, the overall average time between MacPros is 449 days, and the nMP came to to market 885 days ago. Personally I would love it if Apple went back to releasing speed bumps between major revisions so there was always something new every 12-18 months.

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