Three Paths Apple Could Take the Modular Mac Pro, Part 2

In April of 2017, Apple announced that they were working on a new “modular” pro Mac. Beyond their mea culpas on the current state of the Mac Pro, they essentially said “we’re working on it” without providing much insight into what “modular” means.

Join Mike H. as he explores some concepts on what could be the best Mac ever made, as he’s been dreaming of a “modular” Mac for years.

In this two-part series Mike explains what’s wrong with the current Mac Pro, provides an intriguing look into three paths Apple could take, and compares them all. (See Part 1 of the series here).

About the Video
This video was shot in UHD 4K using Panasonic LUMIX G7 mirrorless cameras at our design and engineering studios in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas. The video was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro on a Mac Pro upgraded with 64GB of OWC memory and OWC drives.

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  • How about re-rendeing all your videos without the dreadful music in the background. It’s like trying to concentrate with a moron next door blasting noise.
    Hopefully a new Pro won’t just be another design fantasy for Jony Ive.




  • I have an “Entry Level Mac Pro”.

    Mine look exactly like a Late 2012 Mac Mini with 3 USB hubs attached which have hard drive docks and at total of 4 hard drives attached, one Superdrive, a joystick, a multifunction printer, and free USB connection for charging and backup of an iPad Mini and am iPhone.

    So, Mike H.’s idea is not so crazy after all!




  • Will never happen. Unless someone drastically change Apple’s philosophy, the modular concept (int or ext) is probably not even on their list of possibilities. They’re in the business of providing a one stop closed ecosystem of software/hardware. Best we can hope is a liquid cooled solution is a smaller box with upgradeable ram and GPU. Thanks for posting your ideas though.




  • That’s an excellent summary of what hopefully will be coming sooner rather than later. I love the totally modular concept, allowing not only upgrades to keep modern, but the ability to upgrade your mac as your skills change. Excellent video




  • It is good to think “öutside of the box” and even better to share that with Apple and Apple’s customer base!

    How could we upgrade our current existing hardware pieces and further integrate them? Are there not some mix and match advantages not yet discovered and put to use by OWC?