Apple offers slight speed bump for current Mac Pro, hints at new models in 2018

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Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Apple, Hardware, Mac Pro, News

Apple’s pro-grade machine got a bit of a speed bump today, albeit it might not be the overhaul that users were expecting.

The tower, which has remained without an update for more than three years, is still available with the two base models retailing for $2,999 and $3,999. The lower-end model jumps from from a quad-core Xeon CPU to a 6-core one, and gets dual G500 GPUs (an upgrade over the G300 GPUs), while the step-up model gets an 8-core CPU (up from 6) and dual D700 GPUs (up from the D500). At present, there’s still no onboard USB-C and no Thunderbolt 3, which means it still won’t be able to run the LG UltraFine 5K display.

Apple also stated that new, pro-level iMacs are due later this year.


Apple has stated in past interviews with senior vice presidents Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi that “The current Mac Pro … was constrained thermally and it restricted our ability to upgrade it” and engineering, wherein the company has apparently “designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will.”). Executive apologized for users hoping for a major upgrade and stated that Apple is “completely rethinking the Mac Pro” with a new modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and GPUs, as well as Apple-branded pro displays to go with them. These improvements, per the quotes, won’t be available until next year.

The company also stated that while its Mac user base is approaching 100 million users, only 20 percent of them use desktops. Of those, Mac Pro users make up a “single-digit percentage.”

“We’re working on [a new Mac Pro],” Schiller said. “We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.”

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

And, the moment they do, I’ll proudly be snagging the new one, as I love my current Mac Pro beyond what might be considered rational…

Via Macworld

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2 Responses to “Apple offers slight speed bump for current Mac Pro, hints at new models in 2018”

  1. Apple, long ago abandoned computers, traditional, upgradeable machines … of computation. Even the Mac Mini got the short end of the shaft …

    At one point there was a quad core Mac Mini option, with even an OK GPU … upgradable RAM, HDD/SDD/optical.

    My 2010 Mac Pro is running fine … highly upgraded, no thunderbolt and is way better than anything Apple currently has to offer. Certainly the late 2013 model can do some things better — if you need more 4K rendering options, yet I could even upgrade to a 12GB nVidia Titan video card, to get a few more options (CUDA processing) and in some cases better performance than the trash cans dual AMD 6GB GPUs …

    Apple abandoned computers … the professional market and really just about everything that made it great. iPhone are OK. One may even consider an iPhone a “computer” yet it is not nearly as good a “computer” when you need things only a older styled machine can perform.

    At least Apple never went the Windows 8/10 route.

  2. I share an irrational fondness for my 2010 Mac Pro. I’ve used G3, G4 and Intel “pro” machines for work and play for two decades and they have never caused me grief, apart from one hard drive clicking itself to death. That was my excuse to put two SSDs in a RAID on the PCI bus. zoom zoom zoom. As for Apple forsaking its “pro” user base, i seem to remember that the specs of the 2013 Mac Pro exceeded anything its competitors offered, ignoring price. And they are still pretty good today, better after Tuesday’s announcement. Some graphcs designer friends tried so-called “high-end” Windows machines to save a couple of thou$and. Cost them more in down time. They chucked them back in exchange for Mac Pros. I did not upgrade from my 2010 machine because of the 2013 Pro’s lack of expansion potential. But this news of next year’s revamp has me more than a little excited.