While we have had a long wait for the new Mac Pro we are going to have to wait a little longer it seems before we see a complete redesign, as the new Mac Pro is not quite here yet. Apple originally released the Mac Pro at WWDC in June 2013 and just recently brought the price points down to the current design, for $2,999 we now get a 6-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs and 16GB of memory, and for $3,999 an 8-core processor and dual D700 GPUs.
Although Apple has just announced a change to the pricing/specs structure for 2017 it is likely we will not see a brand new redesign, what Apple is calling “modular”, until possibly Summer of 2018. As many of us have wondered whether Apple had forgotten about the Mac Pro we were recently reassured they have not. Speaking to a number of journalists at their Product Realization Lab in April, Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing said, “If we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that” adding: “What happened with the Mac Pro – and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it.” Schiller went on to say: “We have a team working hard on it right now. 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.” According to Schiller, Apple is also working on developing a pro-level display they will hopefully release the same time as the newly designed Mac Pro.
It’s not the first time that the devoted Mac Pro users have had to wait a lengthy amount of time for an update to what is supposed to be the ultimate Mac. Prior to their launch of the redesigned Mac Pro in 2013 customers had been waiting since 2006 for the update from Apple. Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering when speaking about the current Mac Pro said, “We designed ourselves into a bit of a corner, what we didn’t appreciate completely at the time was how we had so tailored that design to a specific vision that in the future we would find ourselves a bit boxed in — into a circular shape.” Schiller added, “We’ve asked the team to go and re-architect and design something great for the future that those Mac Pro customers who want more expandability, more upgradability in the future”.
So until the Summer of 2018 we will all have to wait and see what the new redesign of the Mac Pro will look like and what it’s configuration will be. Meanwhile if your company has a current Mac Pro, laptop or server in need of ongoing support, don’t hesitate to call Kinetic Technology group and learn about our Managed IT Services. Give us a call today, we look forward to talking to you.