The Mac Pro Recaptures the Spirit of Classic Workstations of Yore
Early computers were bland beige boxes-meant to blend in with whatever workspace they were placed on. But during the golden age of the super-powerful workstation, designers got wild with form factors and materials that oozed with confidence and no small amount of sass. In some ways, the new
With this image, designer
draws a literal comparison between the Mac Pro and three supercomputers of yore. On the left, we have Mac Pro rendered as a
, a machine that sold for almost $12,000 in 2005. In
It's a fun comparison-and while it's entirely speculative, it's interesting to frame the new Mac Pro as a return to sculptural, iconic form factors of the 1990s and early 00s. For the past few years, we've seen
The SGI Fuel.
Sun SparcStation 5,
The SGI Octane image via Flickr .