Apple could be addressing some of the serious concerns I’ve had lately. The new iteration of the operating system will fix the notification errors I mentioned, as well as introduce a desktop version of the iBook software, letting it catch up to Kindle. Issues with dual screens and fullscreen settings will be resolved. Though I’m still hesitant, if they fix many of the other errors instead of introducing new ones, it could be like the leap from Windows Me to Windows XP. I can’t wait for the days of Mountain Lion to be over as it ruined a wonderful operating system.
What excites me most is the redesign of the Mac Pro. The aluminum body power system is now tiny compared to its older brothers, but packs a tremendous amount of power into the form factor, including support three 4k monitors. If you aren’t familiar with the standard, 4k makes 1080p look cute and sad. This is the first thing that has come out of the company since Steve Jobs died that at least gives me a glimmer of hope that they can continue to create truly compelling products.
Aaron’s already informed me he will likely want one. It might … might … be enough to get me to stick with the company through another upgrade cycle. It will really depend on the native performance of a Windows 8 installation put on a separate partition. If it is still powerful enough to play some games on their maximum settings, I’ll probably go with it, giving me access to both the Mac and Windows ecosystems. It would require an external thunderbolt or USB optical drive but that won’t be a problem.
What are your thoughts on the new Mac Pro for those of you involved in technology? Impressed? Disappointed? Ambivalent? The hard drive speeds make me happy – we recently began upgrading some of the systems to solid state drives, which resulted in huge speed jumps. This storage is even 2.5x faster than that. Going from a traditional hard drive to SSD by itself made a bigger difference than a jump between the i5 and i7 processors and doubling the RAM, so I’m already sold on the importance of speed read/write.
If you are not familiar with 4k display technology, here is the resolution difference between the standards you already know I found from a tech resource selling televisions. It a whole lot more screen real estate.