In 2013, Apple introduced a new, compact Mac Pro with cylindrical design and limited opportunities to upgrade. Since then, the company has not released any updates and not even reduced the cost of a professional workstation. As it became known, the Mac Pro will be held next year, and Apple plans to radically revise the design of the computer. This writes the journalist John Gruber, citing senior Vice President of marketing for Apple, Phil Schiller.
“At some point, Apple came to the conclusion that the concept of the Mac Pro 2013 is fundamentally wrong. The computer has a dense arrangement of components that provides a number of advantages – small size, attractive design (professional machine that you want to keep on the table, not on the floor) and quiet operation. But dense complicated regular update of the machine.
The idea of upgrade via Thunderbolt peripherals looks great, but in practice fraught with difficulties. In addition, the company made the wrong bet on the schedule. Apple used design with dual GPU (two small graphics module for parallel computing), but the industry went in a different direction (computers with one big GPU),” writes Gruber.
Schiller said that Apple is working on the next generation Mac Pro. According to the company, in Cupertino have been working on the new “Proshka” with a modular design. It will be a completely rethought Mac Pro.
The next Mac Pro will have a design with the ability to easily upgrade and will be supplied with a new professional Apple display. The team of engineers and designers need time to develop, to avoid some of the constraints in the current model.
The current most affordable Mac Pro is available for 240 000 roubles. Price includes a 4-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with a clock frequency of 3.7 GHz and is equipped with 10 MB cache third level, 12 GB RAM DDR3 ECC 1866 MHz, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (each with 2GB of GDDR5 memory) and SSD 256GB.
If you pay 70 000 rubles, you can buy Mac Pro 6-core Xeon E5 (3.5 GHz, 12 MB cache third level), 16 GB RAM, two 3D-card AMD FirePro D500 and a solid-state drive capacity of all the same 256 GB. Surcharge in 330 000 rubles to furnish the new Mac Pro 12-core CPU, 64 GB RAM, SSD 1TB.
The exact timing of the release of the next generation Mac Pro is not called. It is expected that Apple will present the new product in 2018.