Scott has seen the new Mac Pro and wants to know how much it is? Leo says it starts at $6,000 for 8 cores with 32GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive. But for editing, as Scott does, you're going to drop $25-30K easy. And don't forget that $6,000 monitor, keyboard and mouse.
This week at WWDC, Apple announced the return of the Cheesegrater Mac. That's right, the Cheesegrater is back, and Leo says it's as functional as it is a work of art. Starting at $5,000, the new Cheesegrater comes with an Intel Xeon Processor, 32GB of RAM, and dual video cards. The starting price is $6,000. Apple also announced the XDR Pro 32" 6K monitor, at a price of $5,000. But that doesn't come with a stand, which is another $1,000. That's like buying a car without wheels. But a nicely equipped MacPro for professional performance is likely to cost you at least $25,000.
Dave has a 2009 Mac Pro and he's thinking of replacing it with the new Mac Mini. Leo says it's getting close in specs, but you really need a XEON processor for higher-end video editing, and that means the Mac Pro. An iMac Pro is what other video editors are looking at now. That's what Leo would do instead of waiting for the modular Mac which will likely be as bad as the TrashCan MacPro.
Timothy started a new job and he's using a 5-year-old Mac Pro. Leo says that's not that old, actually. Leo prefers them to the recent models. Tim says that there's not a lot of RAM — only 4GB. Leo says that 4GB is OK for most things he'll do online and for documents. But he recommends running the activity monitor to make sure all the RAM is functioning. Sometimes, though, a program doesn't release the RAM when it no longer needs it, and it may be that is what's happening here. The hard drive may be slowing things down as well.
Danny left his laptop on while flying and when he went to open the laptop, the drive disappeared and he doesn't know what happened. Leo says it sounds like the drive had been jostled to the point that the computer couldn't read it. It could still be connected, though. It's likely that the disk catalog was damaged or corrupted. He could run disk utility, but Leo isn't all that confident that it will work for him. Drive Rescue could perhaps fix the problem. Disk Warrior is another.
An article at MacRumors says that "constant negativity" from pros over the TouchBar on the MacBook Pro, as well as complaints on the Mac Pro tower prompted Apple to rethink the design of the pro Mac platform. But let's be real here. They're not planning to release it until at least 2019.
Dale is having issues with his old Mac Pro tower. He got a new Ben Q monitor and he has an intermittent problem where the boot up takes a long time before getting to the login page. Leo says that when you power up a computer, it has what's called a Power On Self Test (POST). Leo says it could be a monitor thing. A faulty cable or loose connection could cause it. Sometimes a USB device can hold you up. So try unplugging all your USB devices and see if it makes it faster. If so, then you have a flakey USB cable or device.
Paul is a full time editor with a Mac Pro and he really needs to upgrade the video card. Leo says that he was very disappointed with the "trash can" Mac. It seemed pretty impressive, but it wasn't state of the art. The dual ATI Radeon cards aren't up to date and there isn't an upgrade path to beef them up either. He can attach stuff though, through dongles.
Peter bought an Apple Mac Pro and it keeps beach balling. Leo says he thinks that the Mac Pro is a lemon and even Apple isn't really pushing them anymore. Peter could try zapping the PRAM and refreshing the USB controller. He could even reinstall the OS. Leo did all that and he decided that the Mac Pro is just a bad design.
Robert is frustrated that his iMac doesn't have enough RAM. 32GB is just not enough for editing 4K video. Leo says that it could be a hardware limitation. The most he can install is 4 to 8 GB sticks. He could invest in the Mac Pro instead, but Leo thinks its terrible. What is Apple up to? Leo says nobody knows. The iMac is faster, better and more reliable than the Mac Pro according to Leo. Will Apple change their tune? No. They want him to buy a Mac Pro if he wants that much RAM. So they have no reason to improve the RAM capacity in the iMac.