While these days Apple has mostly shifted its focus towards the iPhone and the Macbook, one could easily forget the Cupertino heavyweight got its beginning with the launch of the now-legendary Macintosh computer.
The base Mac Pro will be equipped with a six-core Xeon processor (rather than quad-core), and on the graphics front, it'll have twin Fire Pro D500 GPUs (as opposed to a single D300). The $3,999 Mac Pro comes with an 8-core processor and dual AMD FirePro D700 GPU with 6GB GHDDR5 VRAM.
Unfortunately, although the internals have been modified, Apple has chosen not to update the connectivity options, saving UBC and thunderbolt 3 tech for next year's "complete rethink".
Today, the company finally took a small step towards upgrading the current Mac Pro design, but it also acknowledged what we've all known for years - the trash can aesthetic of the 2013 Mac Pro make it a serious pain to work with. However, further details on the display and the next-generation Mac Pro, including pricing and a release date were not mentioned; the "new" Mac Pro is expected 2018 at its very earliest.
Schiller admitted that they had previously designed their way into a corner in efforts to be bold and different at the time.
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"Touch doesn't even register on the list of things pro users are interested in talking about", he said. The company on Tuesday held a roundtable discussion at its headquarters with an extremely select number of publications, with the aim to communicate its intentions to Mac Pro users.
Today, Apple announced that a new Mac Pro is coming someday that should please its most faithful fans.
In an unprecedented move, Apple invited five prominent industry journalists to an on-the-record meeting with top executives Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and John Ternus (VP of Hardware Engineering). For now, you'll have to settle for a slightly faster version of the existing model, but Apple hasn't forgotten that you also want it to innovate in this market as well. "And if we've had a pause in upgrades and updates on that, we're sorry for that - what happened with the Mac Pro, and we're going to come out with something great to replace it". The company now needs to balance development of the new range with releasing it before customers look elsewhere. This was also warmly received by Mac users, especially given that many pro users in recent years have started working more heavily on tricked out Mac systems as opposed to pro-labeled machines such as the Mac Pro and the MacBook Pro.
Schiller added that Apple is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro" and wants the new device to be refreshed on a regular basis to keep pace with competitors that already release regular updates.
The good news is that Apple are working on a new Mac Pro that will be expandable and modular, with particular reference to the GPU.