The Mac Pro's $400 wheels don't have locks


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Facepalm: Apple’s reputation for charging ridiculously high prices for its products hasn’t been helped by the accessories for the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Monitor. In addition to charging $999 for the monitor’s stand and $199 for the VESA mount adaptor, the Mac Pro’s wheels cost $400. For that amount, you’d expect some pretty amazing wheels, but it seems they lack a basic feature: locks.

Apple unveiled the 2019 Mac Pro last June. It starts at $5,999, but those who want the top specs and all the accessories will be paying over $45,000. There’s also the $4,999 Pro Display XDR, and if you want its Pro Stand, expect to pay another $999—a price that drew gasps and laughter from the WWDC audience. There’s even a “nano-texture glass” coating option for the monitor that costs another $1,000 and can only be cleaned with a special, Apple-made cloth.

Another comically priced accessory is the $400 set of wheels for those who want some mobility in their Mac Pro. Apple often justifies its high-priced products by claiming their quality makes them worth it, but that’s a hard argument to swallow, considering the wheels don’t have locks on them.

As pointed out by YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee on Twitter, the lack of any locks means the Mac Pro can easily roll away on certain surfaces. So, don’t use the wheels if you keep the machine on your desk unless you want it to roll off and see your six-grand Mac smashed.

As parody account @JonyIveParody notes (via MacRumors), perhaps this is all a plan for Apple to release another product.

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Uncle Al

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$400 dollar wheels that you can easily get top of the line from any furniture company for around $75 ..... go figure ...


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I would want locks, but why would anyone buy the wheels to put on a hard, flat and/or smooth surface?

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm not upset with Apple about this.


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Only Apple could release an over-priced product with over-priced accessories and people would get out their wallets. And maybe Razer.


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"they lack a basic feature"

Kind of like their $1000+ phones that don't have a $1 headphone jack? /facepalm

It's "innovation" though... taking away features.
When smartphones have everything and you can no longer differentiate your product by adding new features, then you must remove them and call it progress.
How long will it be before car manufacturers start selling us 3-wheeled cars. Or windows that don't open.


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While I'm struggling to understand why anyone would want wheels on their desktop computer, I'm also struggling to justify USING the wheels. I'm not letting $400 anything roll around on a dirty floor.


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"All that money and they lack a basic feature" hasn't that been the case for almost every Apple Product for the last 15 years?


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I watched Marquis Brown Lee's review of the Mac Pro and I noticed the lack of wheel locks almost immediately. I couldn't believe it.


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This thing's going to become a wrecking ball if an earthquake happens.

"I don't know how this happened but he survived the earthquake until his PC fell on him."


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Maybe this is all a cunning plan to have the fastest workstation on the market, offering the highest fps (feet per second) of any system.


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A cheese grater with wheels, now I've seen everything! It could use some racing stripes or wings though.