Awesome Mac Pro concept packs expansion slots pros want

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Apple should steal ideas from this Mac Pro concept.
Apple should steal ideas from this Mac Pro concept.
Photo: Curved

Professional Mac users will have to wait until 2018 for a glimpse at the new Mac Pro Apple is working on, but if the next-gen computer looks anything like this new concept, it might be worth the wait.

German site Curved created a Mac Pro concept that shows how Apple could add modular features, allowing professionals to swap out pretty much every component. The concept artists even dreamed up a Cinema Display that packs plenty of ports for expansion.

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Mac Pro concept brings extreme expansion

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So many expansion slots!
Photo: Curved

To make the Mac Pro more expandable than any Mac ever, Curved’s concept puts hinges on both sides of the machine. Pulling out the doors reveals a bunch of expansion slots that would let Mac Pro owners swap out the SSD, processor, GPU and RAM.

A Touch Bar-like interface graces the front of the Mac Pro’s face. This would give owners a quick digest of the components connected to the Mac Pro and their current status.

The power button packs Touch ID (similar to the way the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar wonderfully integrates that technology). While it would probably be a useless feature for Mac Pro owners who stuffed the machine under their desks, this concept seems small enough — and definitely looks beautiful enough — to earn a spot on the desktop.

Apple offered a rare peek at its product pipeline when it recently revealed it is working on an all-new, modular Mac Pro and external display.

However, Cupertino hasn’t provided any details about what the new Mac Pro will actually look like.

The company confessed that it painted itself into a thermal corner with the design of the current Mac Pro, which looks like the world’s most gorgeous trash can.

Apple tasked the Mac team with coming up with a new solution, which could be ready by the end of 2018. Hopefully, some of the ideas in Curved’s intriguing Mac Pro concept make it into the real deal.