Apple To ‘Completely Rethink’ Mac Pro
Apple will refresh its cylindrical Mac Pro after it was first announced almost four years ago.
But professional Apple users, who are predominantly buying all-in-one iMacs leaving its Mac Pro with just a “single digit percentage” of total Mac sales, will have to wait until next year for the redesigned Mac Pro.
Speaking to reporters from various publications, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and VP of Hardware Engineering John Ternus said that the company was “completely rethinking” the Mac Pro, and that Apple was sorry for disappointing customers with the limited upgradability of the current version.
“In retrospect, it didn’t well suit some of the people we were trying to reach. It’s good for some; it’s an amazingly quiet machine, it’s a beautiful machine… But it does not address the full range of customers we wanna reach with Mac Pro,” said Federighi according to TechCrunch.
In the meantime, new versions of the existing Mac Pro will be released with improved processors and graphics. The $4899 quad-core model has been upgraded to a 6-core Intel Xeon processor, and the $6499 6-core model bumped up to an 8-core.
Apple’s highest end computers still lack both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, leaving it incompatible with many modern devices including the 5K Ultrafine monitor that LG and Apple announced last year.