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Developer shows Mac Pro is not Apple’s only ‘cheese grater’ [Setups]


Photos almost always show the front of the Pro Display XDR, not the back.
Photos almost always show the front of the Pro Display XDR, not the back.

The Mac Pro of recent vintage is famously compared to a cheese grater because of the holes in its casing’s design that look like a huge version of the kitchen tool. But did you know it’s not the only high-end product Apple makes that follows that design?

Today’s featured M1 Max MacBook Pro setup shows it. How often do you see the back of a Pro Display XDR in photographs? Plenty of people admiring the setup expressed surprise that the backside of Apple’s top display is full-on cheese grater.

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Developer reminds us both Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are ‘cheese graters’

Software developer, photographer and Redditor Car333 showcased the pricey setup in a post simply entitled, “Home Office.”

Though you don’t even see it in the photo because the gear is hidden behind the display, they run a 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro with 32GB of integrated memory and a 1TB solid state drive. With those specs, it runs about $3,500 or more.

It could have up to a 10-core CPU and up to a 32-core GPU to handle intensive computing tasks.  Its 16-core Neural Engine offers fast machine learning performance. It includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera and a six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers.

And it has a brilliant Liquid Retina XDR display that probably pales in comparison to the much bigger external display — a 6K Pro Display XDR, Apple’s top monitor.

Another satisfied Pro Display XDR purchaser

“It’s one of my favorite purchases. Worth every penny,” Car said of the major purchase, which sells for about $6,000. “Feels like it will last me a very long time and just makes me smile when I walk into my office.”

And what most commenters noticed was that they normally see the wondrous display, which features Xtreme Dynamic Range (XDR) and can hit 1,600 nits of brightness, only from the front in photos.

“I had no idea the back of the XDR display was like that!” one said. “Usually these posts just show the front! Quite cool, nothing like the iMacs. Thanks for sharing. Nice plant.”

Car replied that those holes “allow for a lot of ventilation” and called it “truly an amazing design every time I look at it.”

“The temptation to grate cheese on that display would be too much for me,” quipped another commenter.

“Hahaha never thought of it that way … now I’m ruined,” Car replied.

And hey, if you love the cheese grater aesthetic but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, you can get this 3D-printed stand for five Apple products — MacBook, iPad, iPhone, Pencil and AirPods — that borrows the look to great effect.

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