(Hasn't the Mac Pro been upgradeable since the get-go?)
That was true until the current Mac Pro was released some three years ago. The lack of upgradability
has been a simmering complaint among Mac Pro users since its introduction and was approaching a full boil.
We're using "upgradeable" in entirely different senses.
This answers my question within the context of this discussion
- Mactracker: MEMORY
Built-in Memory None
Maximum Memory 128 GB (Actual) 64 GB (Apple)
Memory Slots 4 - 240-pin PC3-14900 (1866 MHz) DDR3 ECC SDRAM
Interleaving Support Yes
Upgrade Instructions How to remove or install memory
- OWC SSD Upgrade Kits For Mac Pro Cylinder 2013
- OWC Processor Upgrade Program options for Apple Mac Pro 2013
whereas your "upgradability" means "beyond its current limits"...entirely different animal and no more than a distraction here.
On still another hand, though, despite the fact that they apparently can't work RAM into the equation, OWC's DEC
is more to my point. It's Apple's portable line that has been disproportionately stripped of functionality (in keeping with their [often called] obsessive drive towards thinner machines).
More: I've got to assume that OWC has invested a considerable amount of money in developing the DEC, and that the investment is based on a substantial real
, NOT perceived, demand.
You are comparing a complete new Mercedes Benz to a luggage rack from Pep Boys. Not to put OWC's DEC down — if I had a MacBook Pro I might want one — but for all intents and purposes it is little more than an extension of their already successful Thunderbolt dock. .... I doubt they have to sell more than a few hundred to make a tidy profit on the investment.
No, I'm comparing a Mercedes that tows its engine in a trailer to one with its engine under the hood.
And counting development, implementation, and cost of initial production run, plus design and production of packaging, etc, I suspect that it'll likely take sales of many more than a few hundred units before OWC even recoups its investment let alone makes "a tidy profit".
You seem to be lost in an Apple-philic lala-land: as you've transitioned into the iDevice world in which your iPhone, iPad, and iWatch, together with iCloud, provide you with sufficient/complete(?) functionality when you're
away from your
home you've forgotten about the multitude of laptop users who require full functionality
away from theirs
and can no longer get it in a (compact) package analogous to the one you so enjoy; you've consigned them to the dust bin of your own history, during which you apparently never needed a fully functional traveling machine in the first place, with absolutely no regard for theirs.
So, yes, the DEC is, indeed, just a (very well-conceived) peripheral, but beyond doing a peripheral's basic job of providing functionality, it "puts the engine back under the hood", and aesthetics don't take much of a hit in the bargain.
As to "their [often called] obsessive drive towards thinner machines" Apple's computer sales including the thinner machines continues to increase slowly while sales of competitive models continue to decline. So Apple is apparently doing something right.
Apple is apparently still enjoying iDevice fallout, but what they're really doing right is making a considerable amount of money from usurped drive and memory sales and oxymoronic sales of "no longer necessary" functionality to users for whom it's still necessary.
I've got to wonder, though, how many more laptops they'd be selling if their lack of functionality weren't a deterrent to both upgrading and switching.