dglobalnews.com Apple is completely redesigning the Mac Pro… again
Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Apple is completely redesigning the Mac Pro… again

Apple is completely redesigning the Mac Pro… again

Where we will see new products this year is in the iMac range, with Apple execs confirming during the meeting that the desktop would be getting a refresh "this year", while also reiterating how important the Mac line was to the company. The US$3,999 model gets and 8 core Xeon CPU, up from 6 cores, and the dual AMD D500 GPUs are now D800 GPUs.

Unfortunately, although the internals have been modified, Apple has chosen not to update the connectivity options, saving UBC and thunderbolt 3 tech for next year's "complete rethink". To Apple's credit, though, the company is admitting that changes need to be made and is enacting steps to roll out a Mac Pro that creative professionals can actually get behind.

Gruber also learned that new iMacs will be coming this year and that Apple is working on a new display, to replace the retired Cinema Display.

The company is now working to overhaul the Mac Pro, its most powerful computer, but that won't be ready until 2018 at the earliest. "We want to be as transparent as we can... and help them as they make their buying decisions". We designed a system with the kind of GPUs that at the time we thought we needed, and that we thought we could well serve with a two GPU architecture. However, the main reason for Apple's failure to upgrade the machine was that it ran into problems introduced due to the shape of the Mac Pro's case. The company is working on an entirely new design for its desktops, as well a new Apple-designed monitor to use with them. So communication is essential if pros are to stick with the Mac platform for another eight months minimum.

With the Mac Pro pushing four years old and concerns Apple is abandoning the pro market, the company did something very out of character: It announced a totally redesigned Mac Pro is in the works, along with a pro display.

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The good news is that Apple are working on a new Mac Pro that will be expandable and modular, with particular reference to the GPU.

It has been a few years since the last version of the iMac released, with 2014's release bringing "Retina 5K" display at a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels. But sadly, that was the only iteration of the CPU which launched and the shiny dustbin-shaped computer was forgotten by Apple.

However, Schiller had no qualms about confirming that the new iMac Pro - or whatever it ends up being called - will not have a touchscreen. At some point you came to the conclusion that the 2013 Mac Pro concept was fundamentally flawed...

What's odd about the event that Apple held is that this session was used to push back against the negative press they have received after moving too slowly to update their desktop hardware.

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