In an unusual move for the typically secretive company, Apple has revealed that a “completely rethought” Mac Pro and new iMacs are in the pipeline – though as for when they will arrive…
Speaking to Daring Fireball, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, reported that Apple is “completely rethinking the Mac Pro” – and seeks to “architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements”.
This new, “modular” Mac Pro will be Apple’s “highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.” A new “pro display” will also arrive – but Schiller has cautioned that neither of these products will do so this year. The Mac Pro was given its most recent major overhaul in 2013.
In the meantime, Apple has decided to refresh the current Mac Pro with slightly beefier configurations; starting today, the $2999 model’s Xeon CPU cores will go from 4 to 6 and dual AMD G300 GPUs will be replaced with dual G500 CPUs. The $3999 model will get 8 CPU cores – up from the previous 6 – and dual D800 GPUs in place of the previous dual D500 GPUs.
Apple is also preparing “great” new iMacs, including configurations specifically aimed at parts of the pro market, for release “this year”.