New Mac Pros With Up to 16 Cores Coming in Late July/Early August?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple is preparing to release new "Mid 2011" Mac Pro models, according to 9 to 5 Mac who cites internal Apple documents reportedly mentioning options ranging from six to sixteen processor cores. According to the source, Apple has begun putting together product manuals for the new Mac Pros, which are said to begin shipping in late July or early August.
    The late July/early August timeframe for the new Mac Pro release was first reported over the weekend by CNET's Brian Tong, whose sources had previously accurately pinpointed the latest iMac release within a small window six weeks ahead of time.

    The primary question surrounding a Mac Pro release within the rumored timeframe is just which processors Apple will be using. A 16-core configuration would almost certainly come as a pair of 8-core processors, and 8-core Sandy Bridge processors of the server class used in the Mac Pro line aren't scheduled to appear until the fourth quarter of this year as Intel's Xeon E5 line. While Apple has been known to receive early access to Intel processors in the past, it seems ambitious to suppose that Apple would have that much advance access to be able to ship new Mac Pros by early August given Intel's production plans.

    One intriguing report from M.I.C gadget surfacing last weekend claimed that Apple will be using a "unique CPU" in the new Mac Pros. Intel has in the past provided custom processors for Apple, pushing out a specially-designed mobile chip for the original MacBook Air back in 2008. M.I.C gadget does not, however, have a track record for Apple hardware records, so the reliability of the claim is unknown.

    Article Link: New Mac Pros With Up to 16 Cores Coming in Late July/Early August?
  2. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    figures, the new lower end Xeons are supposed to ship soon
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2009
    Last update was uninspired. If this one is in the likes of the 2008 one them I'm in!
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
  5. macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I thought Apple was transitioning towards a 2 year upgrade cycle on the mac pro.

    Pleasant surprise.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    Looking forward to a new gpu for my 2010 quad. :)
  7. macrumors 68040

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    Please have a bto for an i7.
    And don't charge an absurd $2,500 for a base model
    with 3GB, 5,400rpm and a junk GPU. It's insulting. :mad:
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    I'm sure we will see a new Mac Pro this year, but that screenshot looks like it's from ACSS and very easy to modify.
  10. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
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    I've noticed plenty of mps o their refurb site. Usually a few models but tons of them up there now. Top end 12 core is over $1000 off. Wonder how new pricing will affect those.

    Ugh. I'm going to want a new one. 2009 is slow for processing m2vs for DVDs. Need speed baby!!!! :)
  11. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    Maybe the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are coming in Q3 after all, or Apple gets very early access, or this will be an announcement and release will be in September-October.
  12. macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    Screen shot from the internal service source. Might be fake, might be real.

    (No 2011 model is listed there now)
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2007
    And no doubt they'll be priced out of this world.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    What about video cards update?

    I wonder when apple is going to put decent video cards in the mac pro's configuration? Gaming cards don't do the job as quadro or ati fire pro.
  15. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    What's wrong with this one? Many consider it the epitome of towers.

    Yeah, it's very interesting. If Intel is practicing this much favoritism, it really makes you wonder, particularly given Apple's ARM fanaticism.
  16. Guest


    May 13, 2010
    On Mars, thinking about my father...
    What happened to the rumor about Apple supporting select PC-Desktop GPU's(AMD 6series)...I think the 6970 was mentioned.

    If Lion would provide CF support and the ability to use standard 6xxx cards...fantastic. The 5870 for 449.00 and 5770 for 249.99 is a horrible nightmare of a joke.

    The Pro is graphically "handicapable" as is.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2003
    New england
    MAC PRo's with no pro apps to run on it

    FCPX is going to kill it for Apple in the proApps. so why get a 12 or 16 core if FCP 7 will not use the power!!! I love Apple Please Fix FCPX
  18. macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    I hope they keep the current case exterior design, but implement many of the more modern storage solutions inside the chassis.

    Also I agree with a previous post, if they are to push a high end price tag even on the base model, offer a reasonable specification to bolster it's appeal.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    Especially if you take Apple's upgrades :D
  20. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    For the Mac Pro, I think I would be surprised if all the models were shipping immediately. So, yeah August announcement, shipment 4-6 weeks after and maybe longer on the highest end models.
    Apple is a very large customer. Also, I suspect it would be a while before ARM could displace Intel processors in any quantity that would annoy Intel.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    I would hate to see the price of the 16 core/32 thread monster. 12 core/24 thread Mac pro's top out over 5 grand. My guess would be 8 to 10 grand. Who can afford it besides folks currently making a lot of money. Will be interesting for sure.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2009
  23. macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2005
    I highly doubt i7 will be an option, though it would be great. Apple seems to have moved away from what I might refer to as mid-range options in the Mac Pro line. Before the iMac was as powerful, it was nice to get a PowerMac for $1,500. I think Apple wants to prevent the MacPro being an iMac replacement and instead have clear demarcation in speed.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    The unique part is that the next Mac Pro is not going to get a pair of 8-core processors, but rather 8 dual-core A5s and will run iOS. That would certainly be "unique" and be another step towards the common wisdom/fear of Apple moving the Mac more and more towards the iDevices. If you think people were mad about Final Cut Pro, wait until this announcement! ;)
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    The image is a fake. You can query anything in the Apple Service Source and have it show up on the page. Look, Apple is coming out with a SuperMac Pro Widget!

    Plus, the Service Source documentation is usually the LAST place that gets updated when a product is released.

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