At its annual World Wide Developer's Conference in San Francisco on Monday, Apple unveiled a dramatic looking new design for the forthcoming Mac Pro.
The new computer, available later this year, is attracting lots of attention for its unique design. The black cylinder, pictured here with its outer cover removed, has been compared to a trash can, aliens, and even air purifiers.
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And finally, as CNET's own Dan Ackerman said, "Does a bold design that's decidedly hardcore fit what pros need? That remains to be seen, but the Darth Vader-ish look of the Mac Pro certainly made a lot of WWDC attendees sit up and take notice. If iMacs are Jedi, the Mac Pro is decidedly Sith."