Every month, we’ll be bringing you a handful of loosely lyrical, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes these will be things that you may have already seen, pieces a few months late because I took a longer break over the holiday period than I originally intended to, but eventually, I’ll realise that I kinda miss writing about about cool, good, interesting things to do with Apple, causing a small period of catch-up while I post about things from months gone by that I still think are worthy of your time and attention. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- December was the month Apple’s much-anticipated Mac Pro finally became available to the masses, and naturally, there was a lot of conversation about exactly what kind of a computer it was. We’ll get to all of that in a sec, but one of the more interesting aspects of the 2019 Mac Pro — if you’ll excuse Apple for re-hashing concepts originally introduced with the PowerMac G5 cheese grater, back in the day — is how it keeps all of its high-performing (and therefore, high heat-generating) components cool, while adhering to its standards on noise. Front-to-back airflow might not be strictly new in and of itself, but as Alexander George of Popular Mechanics tells us in his breakdown of the thermodynamics of the new Mac Pro, Apple’s doing a little more than that.
Ideally, anyone who uses a Pro won’t even be aware of the fans’ presence. But it’s impossible to ignore the aluminum case, with those grids of precision divots covering the front and back of the Pro’s exterior and the rear of the Pro Display. That pattern is an ornate example of a passive cooling. That’s where you take a hot component, like a motorcycle engine’s combustion chamber, and attach metal protrusions that absorbs heat and then dissipates it. The more surface area the metal can expose to the air circulating around it, the better.