By Graham K. Rogers
When the Mac Pro was released right at the end of last year, there was an immediate delay for those making orders online. The new computer was only available anyway in the USA, so those outside watched - perhaps in some dismay - as the shipping dates slipped back from January, to February and then March. These were more in demand than some (perhaps including Apple) had realised.
Order one of these today from the US Apple Store online and the shipping date stil says April and it is the same in the Apple online store for Thailand.
There was a brief discussion on Twitter earlier today, when one of the local users announced that he was taking delivery of a Mac Pro. It was a 2008 machine which he had found for the bargain price of 4,500 baht (about $150). With the power that this still cranks out - it will also still run OS X 10.9, Mavericks - this will be useful for quotidian tasks like email or browsing, as well as churning away when downloading large files.
I had seen that some of the iStudio stores still run this older type of Mac Pro. I saw one a couple of weeks ago when I visited the Com7 store at Seacon Square, Bangkae, so I wondered if these were being offered for sale. As I was in Siam Discovery, I called in at the iStudio there on my way home to ask.
Instead of the old Mac Pro, I immediately saw one of the new versions up and running, linked to a Cinema Display. It was in the process of beng set up and software was being installed. The staff were helpful and there is one for sale (99,900 baht) which would make it the basic version with 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 chip and 12 GB RAM.
I am grateful to the staff of iStudio for allowing me to take some pictures of the new MacPro installed there.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.