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Apple's latest Mac Pro beats five years old today



Today is the fifth anniversary of Apple's latest update to Mac Pro, as reflected in the MacRumors Buyer's Guide.

Mac Pro from 2013 to Present


Apple launched the second generation Mac Pro on December 19, 2013, starting at $ 2,999, and it's still the price today after some reorganization of configurations despite its over five-year-old hardware, including up to a 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 64GB of ECC RAM, 1TB of SSD storage and dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs.

In a Mac Pro interview with John Gruber and some other reporters, Apple's program consultant Craig Federighi last year admitted that today's Mac Pros so-called "junk box" design has a limited thermal capacity that does not always satisfy the needs to the most demanding workflows:

I think we designed ourselves to be a bit of a thermal corner, if you want. We developed a system with the type of GPUs that we thought we needed and that we thought we could benefit from a two GPU architecture. It was the thermal limit we needed or the thermal capacity we needed. But workloads did not materialize to fit as wide as we hoped.

Being able to install larger simple GPUs required a different system architecture and more thermal capacity than the system was designed to accommodate. Then it became quite difficult to adjust. At the same time, so many of our customers moved to the iMac that we saw a way to cope with many, many more who were found limited by a Mac Pro through the next generation of iMac. And really puts much of our energy behind it.

Fortunately, the long waiting time of 1

,826 days and counting for a whole new Mac Pro should finally be over by the end of next year.

Last year, on the same Mac Pro round table question, Apple Marketing Manager Phil Schiller revealed that the company is "fully reassessing Mac Pro", working on time in a new version that will be Apple's "high end, high-throughput desktop system" Designed for its "demanding pro customers."

Schiller said that the new Mac Pro would be a "modular" system and accompanied by a new Thunderbolt Display sequel:

As part of a new Mac Pro – by definition is a modular system – we'll be doing also a pro display. Now you will not see any of these products this year; We are about it. We think it's very important to create something good for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and it takes longer than years to do.

Apple repeated its plans in a press release on iMac Pro in December 2017:

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a fully redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro designed for pro customers who need the highest performance , high throughput system in a modular upgradeable design as a new high-end pro display.

It's not often that Apple pre-announces new products in its pipeline, but there were growing concerns that the company was no longer focused on professional users, to the Schiller excuse to apologize for and calming customers:

If we've had a break in upgrades and updates, we're sorry – what happened to Mac Pro – and we're going to come out with something great to replace it. [19659008] We are committed to Mac, we have good talks Mac, both hardware and software, we have planned great products for the future, and as far as our horizon can see, Mac is a key part of what Apple delivers, including our pro customers.

In April, Apple confirmed that the new Mac Pro will be released in 2019, but it did not say exactly when in the year.

Mac Pro from 2006 to 2012


There is some debate about how the "new" Mac Pro will be, but many are hoping that Apple will return to a truly upgradeable tower design like 2006 to 2012 models of Mac Pro, which can be opened with a lever on the back. Others will be quick to reject that idea as desirable thinking.

Apple has not yet previewed the design, features, technical specifications or pricing of the new Mac Pro, details likely to be held to WWDC 2019 in June or another Apple event at a time next year, so we [f. b, e, v, n, t, s)
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