Apple Reveals its Mac Pro, Display Plans and More

Apr 05, 2017, 01:33
Apple Reveals its Mac Pro, Display Plans and More

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.

As Mashable reports, all this emerged in a meeting with a trio of Apple's top executives, including the firm's marketing guru Phil Schiller who said that the company was working on "completely rethinking the Mac Pro". However, the updated Mac Pro won't be available this year but the company's new iMacs should ship later this year.

"We're committed to the Mac, we've got great talent on the Mac, both hardware and software, we've got great products planned for the future, and as far as our horizon line can see, the Mac is a core component of the things Apple delivers, including to our pro customers", Schiller said.

"Since the Mac Pro is a modular system, we are also doing a pro display", Schiller added. Three years ago you launched a radical new lineup of Mac Pros.

Apple also said during a roundtable with journalists in the USA that it was "sorry" to Mac Pro users who may have felt neglected, with the desktop having not been updated since its launch in 2013.

The entry-level Mac Pro, which starts at $2,999, will now come with a six-core Xeon processor, instead of four and dual Fire Pro D500 GPUs (instead of D300). "It's something we plan to keep on doing for a very long time".

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The vast majority of computers Apple sells (80 percent) are notebooks, but the company still recognizes pro users who need a beefy desktop. Courageous buyers could also pop in a new CPU if they were comfortable tearing the system apart, but the machine offered only one CPU socket, and its proprietary graphics cards couldn't be upgraded unless Apple released new versions (something it never did).

That's why the company is working on a new line of iMacs that will debut at some point later this year.

In the meantime, Apple has finally refreshed the current Mac Pro, albeit in a small way. With a Windows PC, creators could upgrade their hardware almost every month it seemed, but the Mac Pro went 3 years without a single substantial upgrade.

"I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will", Federighi said. This is not a new model, not a new design, we're just going to update the configs.

Professional users looking for the best Mac to power creative applications like Final Cut, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, Illustrator and other demanding applications are ready for a new Apple desktop, but it's still not the best time to buy. Within the news shared through Daring Fireball were also mentions of a new pro iMac coming later this year and a vague reference to possibly new Mac mini hardware.

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