2017 Mac Pro Spec Bump Update Launches, Apple Promises Modular Model And Pro Display For Next Year

Apple’s Mac Pro, last updated in December 2013, is receiving a spec-bump with faster Intel chips and other updates. The current Mac Pro model with a quad-core Xeon chip and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics now has a faster processor with six cores and dual D500 GPUs for $2,999. The $3,999 six-core model with dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics now comes with eight CPU cores and dual D800 GPUs.

Stepping away from the potential of new Mac Pros for a moment, the Cupertino-based company has introduced an immediate spec-bump to the existing Mac Pro machine designed to appease those who “do need to continue to buy them on the interim until we get to a newly architected system.”

Here’s Phil’s statement in full:
We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and 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.
As part of doing a new Mac Pro—it is, by definition, a modular system—we will be doing a pro display as well. Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that. We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.
In the interim, we know there are a number of customers who continue to buy our [current Mac Pros]. To be clear, our current Mac Pro has met the needs of some of our customers, and we know clearly not all of our customers. None of this is black and white, it’s a wide variety of customers. Some… it’s the kind of system they wanted; others, it was not.
In the meantime, we’re going to update the configs to make it faster and better for their dollar. This is not a new model, not a new design, we’re just going to update the configs. We’re doing that this week. We can give you the specifics on that.
The CPUs, we’re moving them down the line. The GPUs, down the line, to get more performance per dollar for customers who DO need to continue to buy them on the interim until we get to a newly architected system.
Schiller confirmed that the new Mac Pro would be designed and built as a modular system in order to allow the company to continually upgrade and refresh the range with improvements and component upgrades to keep the system modern. Given the fact that the current Mac Pro was introduced back in 2013, and has basically been left to stagnate since then – apart from today’s spec-bump announcement – it would be ideal for a release during the current calendar year, which unfortunately something Schiller describes as impossible, suggesting that “it will take longer than this year to do.”

Source: Daring Fireball


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