When D Link moved to a round black router recently observers were sceptical about the design now Apple has jumped on the ideal with the revealing of a new round "canister" shaped Mac Book Pro that's tipped to set a trend for new PC design.
1/8th the size of the previous model, it has all new 12-core (E5) Intel Xeon processors, dual AMD-provided FirePro workstation graphics, new PCIe flash storage, new faster RAM, PCI Express gen 3 support and the ability to use up to three 4K-quality displays, and external outputs.
The circular beast that was revealed at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in the USA will go on sale later this year
Kept secret until today the new PC will be assembled in the United States. The unit's IO ports include four USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2, and two Ethernet ports. There are also separate audio in and out ports and an HDMI (v1.4) port.
Electronista said that during the sneak preview, Apple VP Phil Schiller said that a future update of Final Cut Pro X will be available that fully supports the new graphics system, allowing editors to work on multiple (up to three) 4K displays if needed.
The entire top rim of the machine is a handle for easy transport, and relies on a single extruded aluminium "thermal core" that uses augmented convention cooling, but which also employs a single, larger fan that pulls air upwards -- maintaining Apple's penchant for nearly-silent operation.
The device is 9.9 inches tall and is 6.6 inches wide, and uses 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Both the outside and inside are made of machined aluminium.