A concept artists imagines a Mac mini Pro that can be upgraded simply by placing an SSD or GPU module on top of the main computer. And his basic design borrows quite a bit from the “cheese grater” Mac Pro that launched in 2019.
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Mac mini Pro concept can be upgraded in many ways
The exterior of this miniature desktop uses the same “circles in a circle” vent holes as last year’s Mac Pro. And it takes another design cue from the latest macOS desktop: extreme upgradability. RAM, storage and the processor can all be easily swapped out.
But the highlight of this Mac mini Pro is the exterior modules. The idea is that a new graphics card or additional hard drive could be added by just stacking it on top of the central unit.
Noki’s proposal says these would be “powered and connected through a similar wireless-technology like NFC.” He doesn’t explore how this would work in any detail. And Thunderbolt 3 might be a better option.
The 2019 Mac Pro shows that Apple can make a very user upgradable computer if it wants to. Whether it wants to do that for a low-cost model like the Mac Pro is another question.