Apple Says All-New Modular Mac Pro With Apple-Branded High-End Pro Display Coming After 2017

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today reshuffled its Mac Pro configurations and pricing, marking the first "update" to Apple's pro-oriented desktop computer in over three years. Apple also confirmed it is working on a "completely rethought" Mac Pro with Apple-branded pro displays that will launch at some point beyond this year.


    The former $3,999 model is now the $2,999 base model, while the previously built-to-order 8-core model with dual D700 GPUs is now the high-end stock configuration for $3,999. Both models are equipped with 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, four USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

    The former quad-core model with dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs and 12GB of RAM now has 6-cores with dual D500 GPUs and 16GB of RAM, while the 6-Core model with dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs is now 8-cores with dual D700 GPUs and 16GB of RAM. There are no other hardware changes--not even Thunderbolt 3 ports.

    Meanwhile, Apple said an all-new Mac Pro will be a high-end, high-throughput modular system that will "take longer than this year" to complete. It will be accompanied by an Apple-branded external display in at least one size, essentially marking the return of the discontinued Thunderbolt Display.

    Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller via Daring Fireball:
    Apple said that Mac desktops represent roughly 20 percent of overall Mac sales, with the Mac Pro accounting for only a "single-digit" percentage of Mac sales, perhaps as justification for the elongated refresh cycle. 1,202 days had passed since the last Mac Pro update, per the MacRumors Buyer's Guide.

    Apple also suggested that the "trash can" design of the current Mac Pro has restricted its ability to truly upgrade it.

    Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi via TechCrunch:
    It isn't often that Apple pre-announces new products in its pipeline, but there were growing concerns that Apple no longer cared about professional users, and this is the company's way of proving otherwise. Schiller reiterated that Apple is committed to the Mac and has "great products" planned for the future.
    Apple's repriced Mac Pro configurations are now listed on its online store, but the 8-core model is "currently unavailable."

    Article Link: Apple Says All-New Modular Mac Pro With Apple-Branded High-End Pro Display Coming After 2017
  2. Appleaker, Apr 4, 2017
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    Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Wow.... This is unexpected. Is it a delayed April fools post?

    Although I have said many times that there is a truly new Mac Pro, new iMacs, and Apple displays in the works. I guess this is confirmation to doubters.
  3. skwood macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2013
    Tonbridge, UK
  4. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
  5. rawweb, Apr 4, 2017
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    rawweb macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2015

    Not much of an update, but the news about a new design is very refreshing.
  6. Chicane-UK macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2008
    They finally did something, and gave Pro customers news on a roadmap. About. freaking. time.
  7. PrismaticRealms macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2006
    Whitby, ON, Canada
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Think the more exciting news is Schiller saying it'll be modular and upgradeable:

    The Mac is not dead.
  9. CheesePuff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2008
    Southwest Florida, USA
    No mention of this on Apple's site, and why would they get out of the display business and then announce in a year from now they will be getting back into it? They also never comment on future updates, why would anyone buy an iMac now with their comment today?
  10. sunapple, Apr 4, 2017
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    sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Insane! Did not see that coming. Sure it's real?

    This means the Mac Pro will end up the same as the Cube... I'll buy a few and put them in storage lol.
  11. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014

    This should make a lot of people at Macrumors happy, right?
  12. lavem macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2005
    Buy it quickly before they change their minds!!!
  13. tillathenun macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Kent, UK
    Finally, some good news! No USB-C though?!

    Getting it on a lease is perhaps the only option that makes much sense.
  14. Wowereit macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2016
    Meaningless spec bump whatever, but next year's WWDC is going to be interesting
  15. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    Tim stated they'd be taking care of Pro users this year. Don't think this is exactly what we all had in mind.

    That said, it is GREAT to hear that Apple Branded Displays are coming back!
  16. ijlakw macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2013
    The report doesn't say next year.... it says not this year. You are assuming it will be next year. There is no information that explicitly says the Mac Pro will be ready next year. It's all hope at this point. Even tech can be prone to fake news.
  17. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    I've responded to a few naysayers on here with the argument "The lack of Mac Pro updates isn't apathy". Here is confirmation that I was right.

    Still waiting for a major announcement that proves the naysayers are right and that "all Tim Cook cares about are profits".
  18. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
  19. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    It is very odd for them to 'announce' this but I guess it had to do with growing backlash and lack of a 'roadmap'. It is refreshing to have them announce this...I'm sure it may slightly dip current sales but that will be offset by their goodwill.
  20. Adam- macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2011
    Hopefully now we will have a week or two without passive aggressive comments about Apple forgetting they do computers :)! Sounds like it will be good though!
  21. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Maybe aluminium rectangular prisms are back in style.
  23. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Only 12 more months of listening to everyone's incessant whining, woohoo!
  24. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    Now Apple this is courage. You like to be very secretive. This must have been hard to swallow. Telling your users (and competitors) about future plans.

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