Geek Rants

Unboxing the New Mac Pro

  • January 14, 2014

I’ve been wanting to upgrade my Studio workstation to a Mac Pro for a while, now, but have held off knowing a new model was imminent. When the “iCan” was finally announced, I waited some more. On the day they became available for ordering I took the plunge and then waited some more for supply to catch up to the surge in demand.

Yesterday the shiny new bauble finally arrived and, to commemorate the event, I took some pictures of the “unboxing” like any proud Papa would. Here they are:

It made the trek from Austin, TX in a “plain brown wrapper” of a box. Apple has long used such boxing to help deter theft during shipping.

Plain Brown Wrapper

Plain Brown Wrapper

Opening the shipping carton reveals the actual packaging, which is quite minimalist in design. Almost no text, and a stealth Apple logo that’s shiny black on matte black.

Minimalist Carton

Minimalist Carton

Inside the packaging are two custom styrofoam spacers, keeping the “round peg in a square hole” secure and centered. The cord wrapped around the base spacer is kind of an interesting approach to storing it.

Round Peg in a Square Hole

Round Peg in a Square Hole

And that’s “all” you get in the box. The small packet with the minimal literature (and yes, this time the Apple logo stickers are black) was stashed in one of the flaps of the carton.

That's All, Folks!

That’s All, Folks!

Here is the unit right before I attached the cables, being completely dwarfed by the standard-sized CPU bay of my work desk. As advertised, when I plugged in the power cable any movement of the unit caused the borders of the plug areas to light up nicely to help see them against the black.

It's Tiny!

It’s Tiny!

And that’s it. No muss, no fuss, all business. I spent the bulk of the day installing software and configuring stuff to fit within my workflow, and I’m ready to rock!

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