Apple’s New Mac Pro Will Give the Gift of Upgradability

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Apple Insider highlighted 2013 Mac Pro teardown photos published by Other Wold Computing on Friday, illuminating a number of the device’s unique features that will be appealing to users who may be interested in upgrading their computers in the future. According to breakdown photos, the Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Xeon processor powering Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new Mac Pro desktop can be removed from the system, reflecting a deviation from the Apple norm, and this allows users to replace the part in the future if they choose to do so.

Apple’s decision to make its desktop upgradable reflects a strategy change for the tech giant as the Cupertino, California-based company typically decides to solder in RAM for its devices, drawing significant criticism from users. Though in the past Apple has chosen not to manufacture removeable parts, this time around, it looks as though the tech giant is finally catering to consumers’ requests — that, or the company simply just wants a thinner and more portable design.

According to Apple Insider, the Intel Xeon processor has a volume one eighth that of the Mac Pro’s predecessor, but experts are still confident the smaller size won’t threaten its upgradability. Not only will the CPU be upgradable, but so will the RAM, marking another change in Apple’s new devices. In the past, Apple has opted to employ traditional RAM slots, but this time, the company is going the more user-friendly route.