After the WWDC 2013 reveal of the upcoming Mac Pro on Monday I've been mulling over where I've seen such a design before. Initially it reminded me of the K-Mart bass tube I had behind the seat in my 1987 Pontiac Fiero in high school - but there was something missing. After a lengthy discussion with a friend it was determined that Mac Pros are and always have been designed based on kitchen appliances/utensils.
Craziness you say? Submitted for your approval the prior generation Mac Pro from 2006, whose tower design was in use by G5 Macs even before 2006:
Clearly a cheese grater is an awesome tool and should be the inspiration for design - particularly when a sharp cheddar is involved. Following down this path, it is not too hard to see where the newly announced Mac Pro's inspiration comes from:
Kitchen nightmares or not, I'd love to get my hands on one of these new bass tube/coffee maker Mac Pros, for now I'll stick with my Macbook Pro and dream of heat dissipating black plastic tubes from the future!