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    Default New Mac Pros MUST be right around the corner?

    Apple announces...
    http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html
    http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

    I personally fell off the Intel XEON road map awhile ago but I guess we are looking at 16-core machines, ridiculously expensive? Soon? Rumor mongers feel free to contribute.

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    Some rumor mongers say there will be no more Mac Pros...

    I'll wait that one out, personally...

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    I had two really verbose replies going before typing this...
    I don't believe that naysayer stuff. I'm just uncertain about dates right now and am wondering how much longer I put off what seems inevitable for me, a 27" iMac. I'd really like to see an affordable 2TB Thunderbolt external too, real soon.

    Now, on the other side, the dark side, I am more familiar than most with Apple really pissing people off by abandoning stuff. Remember the Lisa? I sold and did what I could to support a lot of Lisas. $10K boat anchor nightmare it was, the Lisa.

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    I doubt you'll ever see anything T'bolt but RAIDS. The cost is high to make an enclosure, and you'd not get any real time speed performance out of it to justify the price tag. iMac with OWC's eSATA port is the way to go on a "single drive" external enclosure.

    But if you want to dish out for a T'bolt RAID, it'd BR awesome.

    Two manufactures are releasing PCIe card T'bolt enclosures. So if you own an eSATA PCIe card, you can make it a T'bolt device. But again, T'bolt ain't cheap, so I'm holding off my excitement until I see price tags.

    Another option is a new iMac with an SSD drive for the OS, and. 1/2TB internal for media.

    Yes, there is a new Mac Pro coming later this fall. At least Apple has a dev team working on one aimed for that date.
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    You'd have to give me a good reason to substantiate a pricy enclosure. Besides La Cie has already announced a 1TB 7200 RPM external. I'm not looking for SSD performance (those prices seem real due to come down too) I'm only expecting performance at say SATA II spec. Something faster than FW800 and accommodating the absence of a built-in eSATA connection on the iMac, a practical affordable prosumer spec is fine by me. I already bought the iMac and only toyed with the idea of the add-on SSD at Apple's ridiculous high price, a $400 drive for $600. Like their 8GB, $200 RAM upgrade I bought for $30.

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