I just got a new Mac Pro
. It's a silent black orb that hovers over your desk and just became available after a long wait at the beginning of 2014. It's an entirely new all-electronic way of computing; it is all solid-state memory with no mechanical drives like hard drives and optical drives. It's got more in common with an iPad than an old-style mechanical PC; you can't hurt it by moving it around as it works.
I'll have a lot more to say, but for now, I'm impressed that it's silent and about six times faster than my previous 2010 hex-core 3.33 GHz Mac Pro!
Well, with the new Mac Pro, waiting for things to happen is history. The new Mac Pro is the first pro desktop computer that no longer uses any mechanical memory. DVDs, Blu-Ray, CDs, hard drives, floppies and tape are all mechanical. Even optical discs get dirty, you can't move the computer around while they are working, and they are very mechanical, with servo motor systems working in at least three axes all the time. They make noise and break.
We can order the new Mac Pro with a terabyte of bulletproof memory, no problem. Imagine a PC that you can shake around and move around your desk while it's on and working, and it just doesn't care because the only moving part is one big, barely moving rotary fan.
With nothing but electronic memory for the first time, the new Mac Pro makes no noise. There is a slow fan for cooling that you can't hear more than a few inches away. Do you know why I bought my 2010 Mac Pro? 90% because my 2007 Quad G5
made so much fan noise that it sounded like a helicopter on takeoff!
I value silence. I work in a studio, not in an office. Now the loudest thing in my studio is the clock ticking. Silence is golden: time to get a new clock!
This crazy new Mac Pro is a complete change to how we used to work on a desktop. Imagine the future where computers are silent, files just move around and programs just open. One day our kids are going to laugh when we try to tell them that even as of last week that I had to wait for programs to load, for files to copy, or that computers made noise. Ha! It's not just the fans that used to be in old-style PCs, it's the hard drives. Hard drives are always crunching around, sounding like there's a rat in a can inside your PC. It's astonishing to use a computer and have not a sound, not even a hard drive clicking, as you do your work.
Know why all this impresses me so much? Maybe you're perfect, but I'm always forgetting that one last thing after I turn it off or put it to sleep. Now I can get it back up and do what I have to do, instead of putting it off until tomorrow when I bring the whole system back up again. Doing all this, and doing it silently without even so much as a hard drive crunching, is astonishing.