Apple’s new Mac Pro makes for a terrible cheese grater, too

Jun 20, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apple’s new Mac Pro makes for a terrible cheese grater, too

Jun 20, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Apple’s new Mac Pro has been getting a lot of flack for its appearance. I mean, it DOES look like a giant cheese grater. Sure, on-paper, the specs look pretty good, even if it is a little overpriced. But is that “cheese grater” comparison really justified? And how well does it actually work as a cheese grater?

Ok, so this totally isn’t photography related at all. But as we were one of the sites that made that comparison, I think it’s only fair that we follow it up with this amazing and hilarious experiment from YouTuber Winston Moy. He actually remade the design from aluminium using his CNC machine and then tested to see exactly how well it could grate cheese.

The design of the grill on the front of the new Mac Pro looks quite pretty, although it is a fairly simple design from a geometry standpoint. It’s essentially a bunch of half-spheres in rows, offset from each other to maximise the available space milled into one side. Then the same pattern is milled into the opposing face, again offset, to fill in (cut out?) the gaps (solid?).

Sadly, despite appearances, it seems to make for quite a terrible cheese grater overall. Although it does make some good looking cheese balls.

The new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 without a monitor and goes up to an estimated $35K for the highest spec model. If you want to find out more about it, you can read the announcement here or visit the Apple website. Cheese graters are available now from Amazon for as little as $11.95.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Apple’s new Mac Pro makes for a terrible cheese grater, too”

  1. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    $999 for the handle

    1. Marko Avatar
      Marko

      A screen stand actually but all the same.

  2. Paul Ford Avatar
    Paul Ford

    Probably not, And would be overpriced anyway.

  3. Michael Stevens Avatar
    Michael Stevens

    If they did there would be a line out the door the night before it went on sale for 10x the price of every other cheesegrater on the market with people wondering “how did we ever grate cheese before our saviors at Apple created such a product?”