Eagerly waiting for the 2016 Mac Pro update!

richmlow

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I sure hope that the Mac Pro is updated at this year's WWDC. If so, I'll be one of the first to get one, as I've been waiting (it seems like forever) for the longest time! =)
 

H2SO4

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I sure hope that the Mac Pro is updated at this year's WWDC. If so, I'll be one of the first to get one, as I've been waiting (it seems like forever) for the longest time! =)
I’m still eagerly waiting for the 2013 Mac Pro update.
I don’t think there will be any significant changes. It will be more of the same, just faster and more expensive.
Dula processor, choice of single/dual GPU and choice of single/dual SSD would be nice but won’t happen.
 

dmylrea

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If Apple does nothing with the new Mac Pro at WWDC, the writing is one the wall for this model.
 

mmomega

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I don't know about writing on the wall but I will be waiting at minimum until WWDC to finally drop the cash flow on a 6 Core machine.

I was ready to pull the trigger last week but since I will be out of the country for almost a month and not really able to utilize it. I decided to just wait until I got back in late May. Well then that turned into, I might as well wait until WWDC.
I dislike the waiting game so much.
The current one will be more than plenty for my current needs but I'm thinking Thunderbolt3/USBC can give me a few more options moving forward. They definitely aren't a need.

I guess I'll know June 13th.
 

H2SO4

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I don't know about writing on the wall but I will be waiting at minimum until WWDC to finally drop the cash flow on a 6 Core machine.

I was ready to pull the trigger last week but since I will be out of the country for almost a month and not really able to utilize it. I decided to just wait until I got back in late May. Well then that turned into, I might as well wait until WWDC.
I dislike the waiting game so much.
The current one will be more than plenty for my current needs but I'm thinking Thunderbolt3/USBC can give me a few more options moving forward. They definitely aren't a need.

I guess I'll know June 13th.
I was ready to pull the trigger in mid 2013. My heart sank a little when I actually saw the trash can even though it looked good would be sure to post honest performance figures.
Then during the months that followed, what I said above was realised and my money stayed in my pocket.
My 5,1 doesn't have an infinite life and I’m wondering what I’ll do when that dies. As computing is more of a hobby for me, I may direct my energies to something else - doing a lot of woodworking lately and recently fitted myself out with a good Router and Thicknesser - and it certainly seems more rewarding and cheaper than staying up to date with Macs and iDevices.
 

Ph.D.

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We'll see one, though it may take a few months before they are shipping.

It will not have a major form-factor change, including no single-GPU or dual CPU options - sorry.

It will have updated processors (fine), updated GPU's (major), updated ports all around (good), faster RAM and flash drives (good). In fact, it will be new almost top to bottom. Perhaps we'll see a new 5k display to go with it, even - it would be time for that.
 

richmlow

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I sure hope so!

As you can see from my signature, my Mac Mini is hanging in there but it's getting a bit long in the tooth. I still use it for basic tasks such as web-surfing, website development, watching videos and playing music, and typesetting (using LaTeX) research articles. However, it's quite slow for my scientific computing needs (Mathematica programming, custom Java programming, etc.)

My plan is to get an updated Mac Pro (if and when it comes out). I need a rock-solid platform which will last for 8+ years. Again, the platform will be used for the above....it would also be nice to be able to play some "modern" games also!


richmlow

We'll see one, though it may take a few months before they are shipping.

It will not have a major form-factor change, including no single-GPU or dual CPU options - sorry.

It will have updated processors (fine), updated GPU's (major), updated ports all around (good), faster RAM and flash drives (good). In fact, it will be new almost top to bottom. Perhaps we'll see a new 5k display to go with it, even - it would be time for that.
 

Ph.D.

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I'm with you. I have an 8 year old computer (an octo-core 3,1), and I also use it for scientific computing (mostly Matlab). Matlab does not handle multi-core processing well at all, so the single-thread performance of my computer hurts. But on the other hand it's very reliable, so I don't fear running very long jobs. Still, I've been holding out for a new 'Pro for a long time, and it will be good to see a nice update worth buying.

I sure hope so!

As you can see from my signature, my Mac Mini is hanging in there but it's getting a bit long in the tooth. I still use it for basic tasks such as web-surfing, website development, watching videos and playing music, and typesetting (using LaTeX) research articles. However, it's quite slow for my scientific computing needs (Mathematica programming, custom Java programming, etc.)

My plan is to get an updated Mac Pro (if and when it comes out). I need a rock-solid platform which will last for 8+ years. Again, the platform will be used for the above....it would also be nice to be able to play some "modern" games also!


richmlow
 

phillyboy82

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It is kind of crazy that we have not heard anything rumor-wise but one little nugget last fall when they found a new device reference in an El Capitan build. Was it like this for the nMP before it was released? It's been awhile so I don't remember.

Maybe due to manufacturing the nMP in the USA they have been able to keep tighter wraps on component supplies, but that is a guess. Still, it would seem that WWDC will be the make-or-break moment.
 

pat500000

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It is kind of crazy that we have not heard anything rumor-wise but one little nugget last fall when they found a new device reference in an El Capitan build. Was it like this for the nMP before it was released? It's been awhile so I don't remember.

Maybe due to manufacturing the nMP in the USA they have been able to keep tighter wraps on component supplies, but that is a guess. Still, it would seem that WWDC will be the make-or-break moment.
I'm not sure but I seen lot of advertisement of nMP at the movie theaters.
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I'm with you. I have an 8 year old computer (an octo-core 3,1), and I also use it for scientific computing (mostly Matlab). Matlab does not handle multi-core processing well at all, so the single-thread performance of my computer hurts. But on the other hand it's very reliable, so I don't fear running very long jobs. Still, I've been holding out for a new 'Pro for a long time, and it will be good to see a nice update worth buying.
I'm curious, would your mp be able to last another 4 years?
 

AidenShaw

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I'm with you. I have an 8 year old computer (an octo-core 3,1), and I also use it for scientific computing (mostly Matlab). Matlab does not handle multi-core processing well at all, so the single-thread performance of my computer hurts. But on the other hand it's very reliable, so I don't fear running very long jobs. Still, I've been holding out for a new 'Pro for a long time, and it will be good to see a nice update worth buying.
Do you have the Parallel Computing Toolbox for Matlab ?

http://www.mathworks.com/products/parallel-computing/
 

SoyCapitanSoyCapitan

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Everything is in place. Broadwell Xeons, Polaris and Thunderbolt 3. But I think if a new MP comes out it will be for the next version of Mac OS because El Capitan isn't a good enough platform for showcasing those technologies. The next OS will have a better version of Metal and integrated support for Thunderbolt 3, maybe even eGPU support.
 

Ph.D.

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I think my 3,1 would last for another 4 years, and maybe another 8! However, its performance for general use is now well behind the curve - my Air even feels snappier in some ways. I keep it because it's easy to tinker with and still a beast when all 8 cores are called for. I had contemplated getting a 5,1 when the end was near for those, and I could still pick one up, but for my use an updated nMP would be better still in most ways.

Also, I'm aware of the parallel computing toolbox, but I don't use it. Instead, I simply launch multiple independent instances of different scenarios on an ad-hoc basis. Matlab needs a very serious overhaul if it wants to be a player in parallel computing. Today, the word "parallel" is frequently abbreviated as "GPU," and I hear Apple will even give you an extra one just for compute these days!