Print Story Apple's latest MacPro and Display can cost up to $50KUSD
By Orion Blastar (Wed Apr 01, 2020 at 10:48:15 PM EST) (all tags)
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That is enough for a small house or a car. Talk about overpriced it better mine bitcoins like crazy to get the money back.

Apple has always had a cult of followers that I call the MacJihad that attack anyone who criticizes Apple or their products or people.

I always liked Commodore computers because they were affordable. The Amiga 1000 cost 1/3rd the price of a Macintosh 128K and had true color and a PC Emulator and 5.25" hard drive and 1200 baud modem in that price. Commodore died due to lack of marketing and bad management. They outsold the Mac at the time.

Sorry but I am sticking to my $700 PC as I cannot afford more than that. I'll never have a MacPro unless I win the lottery. Right now due to quarantine it looks like the end of the world.

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Apple's latest MacPro and Display can cost up to $50KUSD | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 hidden)
It's aimed at a small subset of people by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #1 Thu Apr 02, 2020 at 09:10:52 AM EST
For that subset it is, apparently, perfect. As in, couldn't possibly be better. For those people it's worth the 50k.

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And if you actually check... by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Apr 03, 2020 at 07:55:00 PM EST
Similarly configured Dell computers are priced much the same.

These things aren't personal computers in any sense of the word. I expect Apple will sell less than a million of them and be quite happy with that result.

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That's a mac with everything by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Apr 02, 2020 at 09:45:59 AM EST
You could also load up a PC similarly. Nvidia Quadro 8000 video cards cost $5.5k a pop (Titans/top of the line gamer cards are cheaper, but lack ECC). Use Intel Xeon processors (you want ECC RAM, don't you?) and the sky is the limit. Prices for sky-high PCs must have come down recently after AMD announced its threadripper line (presumably priced low to maintain the "halo" effect), but even that can run up to $4k for the CPU and requires a specific motherboard that only works for that card...

Back in the day Sun, Dec, SGI, and IBM all made $50k+ RISC workstations (I used Sun machines at school. Going back to DOS/windows made me hate Microsoft forever). Presumably there are still jobs that are worth whatever it takes to increase the user's productivity.

While I'm not familiar with OSX, I do know that Windows has issues with >8 cores (possibly more than 4 cores) and that a $50k PC can often be less effective at common daily tasks than a $700 PC. Linux doesn't have this issue, and I'd hope that the Mach roots help OSX avoid these things.


OSX is based on MACH and *BSD UNIX by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Apr 03, 2020 at 12:04:17 AM EST
So it is a high end $50K UNIX system.

The other Unix workstations fell away when GNU/Linux became popular. I remember dual booting Slackware and Windows 95 on my 486DX in 1995/1996.

I was once offered a $150K a year job as a Linux admin, but the location was too far away for me to drive (I don't drive anymore due to a disability) and remote from home was not available. It was in Ballwin Missouri and I live in Ferguson where the riots took place.

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