Apple is now hard at work on a "completely rethought" Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis.
For the first time in three years, Apple has updated the specs and pricing for the cylindrical tower it first released in 2013.
All in all, a maxed out Mac Pro machine with a 12-core processor, 64GB RAM, 1TB flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs will now cost $6,999 instead of $9,599.
This includes a new design that can handle the demands of professional users as well as make a base for easier upgrades to components, so you won't need to buy a new Mac Pro to get a faster computer. The new Mac Pro is being "completely rethought" and will have a modular design to accommodate high-end CPUs and GPUs, reports Daring Fireball. In retrospect, it didn't well suit some of the people we wanted to reach ... To do something that can be supported for a long time with customers with updates and upgrades throughout the years.
In an attempt to quell unrest surrounding the Mac Pro, Apple on Tuesday announced minor upgrades to the Mac Pro's processor and graphics card. Apple bet on a dual-GPU design (multiple smaller GPUs, with "pro"-level performance coming from parallel processing) but the industry has gone largely in the other direction (machines with one big GPU)".
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"As part of doing a new Mac Pro-it is, by definition, a modular system-we will be doing a pro display as well", Schiller said. (Walk into an Apple Store today and ask for a 4K or 5K display, and you'll be pointed to a device made by LG, not Apple, a disappointment given Apple's history of producing high-quality monitors).
That's according to Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing, who detailed the companies next moves to the press this week.
Apple has "great" new iMacs in the pipeline, slated for release "this year", including configurations specifically targeted at large segments of the pro market.
Schiller confirmed that Apple has a team "working hard" on the new Mac Pro right now, and that it will be designed "so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements".
With the last Mac Pro update coming way back in 2013, not much has changed in the last few years about the once powerful workhorse of Apple's Mac line. The Mac Pro, likely to launch in 2018, will focus on delivering a high-performance workstation to the professionals who have been demanding it for years. But Schiller did say that the new iMacs won't have a touchscreen. To be clear, our current Mac Pro has met the needs of some of our customers, and we know clearly not all of our customers.