Apple’s most controversial Mac design still causes controversy

Apple has made a surprising amount of noise over the past decade for a company renowned for its product design. From a mouse that can only be charged upside down to a Pencil that requires a dongle to charge, the company’s “it works” philosophy has been tested recently – but perhaps never as much as it was in 2013.

The ‘trash can’ Mac Pro was so controversial that Apple issued a somewhat unconventional apology a few years later, admitting that the lack of upgradability was a major flaw that led to a complete rethink of the Mac lineup. But are fans coming to the 2013 Mac Pro on its 9th anniversary? (For the latest and greatest, check out the best Mac Studio deals)

The ‘trash can’ in all its glory (Image credit: Apple)

MacRumors (opens in new tab) recently celebrated the controversial design’s 9th birthday and recalled that the “trash can” is “a device that cannot adapt to changing hardware trends” due to its lack of internal slots for upgrades. And even Apple didn’t seem to know what to do with it, the machine went weak for over 6 years without updates until it was completely redesigned.

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2019 Mac Pro looks very, very different (Image credit: Apple)

But many people seem to have softened their stance on the 2013 model. In retrospect, fans appreciate that it’s a pretty cool design despite its hardware limitations. One user said, “I never understood the ‘trash’ design criticism. This remains Apple’s most iconic Mac Pro design.” tweets (opens in new tab)another said, “I’ve loved this iconic thing since the day I bought it. It’s super quiet and still powerful after all these years.”

But many have also noted that the emergence of the Mac Studio this year puts things a little more into perspective: Was it the device Apple used? try to build it back in 2013? So, an extremely powerful desktop, but sitting between the iMac and the Mac Pro in terms of power? As one user tweeted, “This was Mac Studio before Mac Studio. The biggest mistake was marketing it as a replacement for the Mac Pro as it was much less likely to expand. I guess they found out about their mistake but I wouldn’t have made it. Existing Studio’ Don’t mind this design in

A new Mac Studio sits on a desktop connected to a monitor.

Was the trash can the forerunner of today’s Mac Studio? (Image credit: Future)

Of course, nostalgia is a powerful thing – it’s easy to appreciate an iconic design when the hardware itself is very old. But unlike the trashcan Mac Pro, we feel like some Apple products today won’t enjoy the same reassessment 9 years from now. (We’re looking at you, Magic Mouse 2 and Apple Pencil dongle.)

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