Apple's Newest Mac Pro Turns Four Years Old Today

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today marks the fourth anniversary of Apple last updating the Mac Pro.

    The second-generation Mac Pro was released on December 19, 2013 for $2,999 and up, and it remains the current model despite having at least four year old hardware.

    That hardware includes up to a 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 64GB of ECC RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs, with prices topping out at $6,999.

    The lack of a Mac Pro refresh in several years generated concerns that Apple was less focused on professional users, eventually prompting the company to respond.

    Specifically, in April, Apple took the rare step of revealing it is working on an all-new Mac Pro with a modular design, while a high-end iMac Pro was released earlier this month.

    Apple briefly reiterated that promise at the bottom of its press release about iMac Pro availability last week, noting that the new Mac Pro will be not only upgradeable, but also a high-performance, high-throughput system.
    Apple hasn't provided any additional details, including tech specs or a release date, but fingers are crossed for a 2018 launch. As we discussed in our story last week, Apple could return to a similar design as the 2006 to 2012 tower Mac Pro, but its exact definition of modular remains to be seen.

    Apple still hasn't provided any word about when if ever we can expect a new Mac mini, which hasn't been updated in over 1,150 days, according to the MacRumors Buyer's Guide. The current Mac mini launched in October 2014.

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  2. Bonte macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2002
    Bruges, Belgium
  3. RedKite macrumors regular


    Dec 19, 2017
    I still adore that design. I don’t think it’s proper to do so, but here I am.
  4. Kobayagi, Dec 19, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017

    Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    I'm really interested to see what the new display will look like.
    If they took the Thunderbolt Display and made it 5K, added a better mic, better camera, better speakers and more ports to act as a hub since the new MacBook Pro's only have USB-C. Oh it would be perfect.

    I mean, just look at it, it still looks great, even with the huge bezels. The sturdy aluminium design is still lightyears away from that new LG monstrosity.

    Edit: And while you're at it, add a HDMI port. It would be great if I didn't have to use a separate display to play on a console once in a while.

  5. MrGimper macrumors 601


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
  6. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2013
    Ah, rumours. Got to love them.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Granted It remains as it is, its still One powerful machine.
  8. BruceEBonus macrumors 65816


    Sep 23, 2007
    Derbyshire, England
    Going by the "If they still buy it why change it" policy of Apple then there a fair old chance it's going to be the same thing with a faster processor and something removed from the 'old' model. Ah. But. With a new name. The Mac Pro 2 (portless edition). Get in!.
  9. mikecorp macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2008
    mac pro from 2006 is powerful machine.
  10. recoil80 macrumors 68000

    Jul 16, 2014
    I'd say no, because only a really small percentage of their income is from that market. Even if they made a fantastic Mac Pro 4 years ago only a few people would have bought it, so it doesn't really matter to them if the Mac Pro was a failure.
    The iMac and Macbooks are way more popular that the Mac Pro, so they have to be careful about what they release. The failing MBP keyboard is a bigger mistake than the MP in my opinion, so is any mistake they make with iOS devices.
  11. meaning-matters macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2013
    At 'my' Apple Store it was tucked away in a corner together with these LG screens.
  12. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
  13. dmylrea macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2005
    "Only a few"? A few hundred? A few thousand? A few million? C'mon...just because a Mac Pro would never sell the same quantity as a Macbook or iMac, it's unfair to say that a properly designed (and one that didn't have the trash can moniker from day one) wouldn't have sold much more than the one they released, let alone say they'd sell "just a few". Those with aging aluminum mac pros and mac minis and even iMac owners that wanted to be able to upgrade something, ANYTHING, would have been attracted to it.

    We will never know, of course, or maybe we will if they ever come out with a redesigned, modular Mac Pro.
  14. ReneR macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    Apple became a disgrace to the professional / creator community. Not only #peakbugs, but the glossy mirror displays of MacBooks and iMacs are a pain to work with, too. So many people leaving for Windows, and Linux. Creators to the first, web developers for the later, ...
    --- Post Merged, Dec 19, 2017 ---
    Yeah, also the professionals are the influencers who convinced the Joe users to go for a Mac a decade ago, and are not happy today anymore, ... So each Pro customer left, are many more users to follow later, ...
  15. CircleTect macrumors newbie


    Dec 7, 2017
    What are the chances Apple are planning to under promise and over deliver? What are the chances of a 2018 release? From my experience with product design, even the best team will struggle to release a complicated product like this within two years - if they in fact started around the time of the original announcement.

    Also, how many professionals who need a new workstation computer now are willing to wait until late 2018 / early 2019?
  16. Quu macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2007
    Based on the iMac Pro price it wouldn't surprise me if the new Mac Pro starts at $4,999 also with another $1,999 for the new display they make to go with it. Gone are the days of a $1999-$2,499 start price for a Mac Pro I think.
  17. vertical smile macrumors 68020

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I have the Mac Pro 1,1. It gets used everyday, and I am very impressed with it performance versus it age.

    My daughters use it, and it can still play WoW.
  18. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    I love the design and have one behind my desk in the office. I wish it would be expandable by putting new ‘rings’ underneath it through chainable thunderbolt ...
  19. MrBat macrumors member


    May 11, 2017
    Ditto. And make it fully compatible with PC/Windows machines? That'd be a dream come true.
  20. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    It is so pathetic the stagnation and neglect that has happened to much of the Mac lineup....but it does seem Apple is FINALLY course correcting. It is just going to be a little while before we see everything. The iMacs released at WWDC were the first to showcase this turnaround, and now the iMac Pro also did not disappoint. Let's hope the MacBooks get the same level of care and PRO in them again.
  21. Applebot1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2014
    They knew the thermo constraints from the beginning so probably yes. Form over function considering this was aimed at the pro market. I remember a version of the iPod Shuffle that was shocking in design...does that count!
  22. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    Apple should release more headless Macs, including low, middle and high products, from Mac mini to Mac Pro, and also a new mini tower. CPU may last seven years (then you cannot install new macOS releases but displays last more than 20 years. Fight programmed obsolescence, protect the environment and fight climate change and global warming.
  23. latweek macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2015
  24. iPhysicist macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009

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