iMac being released...nMP v.2 possible soon?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by maclove4life, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. maclove4life macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    Now...don't take my thread like "oh boy..another of this thread." I was thinking about this for iMAC released 5k...i realized apple took this desktop class to another level. Because the 5k is now released and that there were some rumors that 5k stand alone monitor won't be available... Do you think they will release v.2 MP for the capability for 5k (meaning another companies making 5k monitors).

    As of seems many rumors of many products somehow became reality and there was a rumor about releasing nMP v.2 this year. I'm no tech expert, but something is not normal with apple released products and their routine keynote schedules. It's a gut feeling...but i sense that nMP v.2 will happen eventually...maybe soon. I don't know...something big will be released...what say you?
  2. fisha macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    I think the MP form factor will remain the same as it stands at the moment. As for a V2 ... not for a while. The 5k screen in the iMac will likely have its own proprietary connection between the GPU and the screen itself to be able to handle the very high bandwidth of data needed.

    At the moment, there is no simple off the shelf single cable connection (such as a thunderbolt cable for example) that can handle the same amount of data to go between a desktop box and a 5k screen. That isn't coming till some of the next Intel chip families and the displayport standard (currently at 1.2).

    So as it stands, with no connection available, its likely there will be no new 5k monitor either.
  3. maclove4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    From my understanding (i know i don't know what i'm talking about) i heard it wasn't capable because of 1.2 dp/ or was it hdmi 1.4 wasn't giving enough "oomph" to the monitor...(again i don't think i know what i'm talking about)' just something i remember someone mentioning about the cable part...
  4. fisha macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    Yup - basically the current thunderbolt cable can't handle 5k ... and the MacPro can't be adapted to botch multiple cables to support 5k either nor can the MacBook Pro ... so there is no point in apple releasing a 5k separate monitor.

    It'll be the next family of intel chips at the earliest that will support enough data down thunderbolt to handle 5k ... which could be a while yet.
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    The launch of the new iMac foretells little if anything about a nMP refresh. The nMP will not be able to drive a 5K display until DP1.3 support comes with next-gen GPUs and Thunderbolt3 (which could be a couple of years away).

    The refreshed Mini actually says more about the possibility of a nMP refresh than the new iMac. The new Mini shows that Apple has no problem updating the desktops to Haswell (even if it is long overdue), however, on the other hand the outcries over the deprication of the Mini in that forum show that they seriously missed the mark with the Mini's key fan base (very reminiscent of outcries here a year ago).

    Anyway, the parts exist for a nMP refresh, but based on published benchmarks they will only offer a very minor speed bump. It certainly won't be anything ground-breaking or "big". No one knows if or when Apple might choose to launch such a refreshed nMP... It could happen any day between now and March or not at all.
  6. maclove4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    yeah..that's what i thought too...


    this. i think you're right.
  7. deconstruct60, Oct 18, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2014

    deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    I dont expect a new Mac Pro very soon, but it is doubtful Apple is going into hibernation for very long time right now on the Mac Pro. January/Feb would be about right in getting their i's dotted and t's crossed to release a MP upgrade.

    It is internal connection, almost by defintion there isn't going to be some "off the shelf" cable to connect the GPU to the internal display. Most systems need custom routing due to individual variations on layout.

    iFixit's teardown ( ) shows a cable with at least an additional 4 pairs of wires. The bandwidth problem is quite tractable if can just use two fully enabled DP1.2 connections. If it is internal then can combine those into one single cable since the cable is custom anyway.

    Don't necessarily need a single cable. AMD has Eyeinfinity technology which merge multlple screens into one virtual screen.

    A similar solution ( kind of opposite direction ) is done for most current 4K display ( where the TCON can't handle the 4K so merges two display streams into one screen).

    Apple probably isn't going to jump onboard with their own equipment making two connections, but Dell already has a product coming...

    It might be restricted to GPU cards that support something like AMD EyeInfinity and/or need custom drivers but it would be a solution in the near term.

    Again, technically no. It is likely capable. The question more so is whether the enabling drivers be added by the GPU vendor and Apple. It wouldn't be surprising to see Apple not put tons of effort into enabling the Mac Pro over the intermediate term to cover 5K displays. It isn't like the MP isn't useful unless it has a 5K display attached.

    Says dilly-poo about the Mini and Pro. The Xeon E5 v3 processors that the Mac Pro might use just relatively released. Apple couldn't have updated the Mac Pro even if they wanted to earlier in the year. So the overdue-ness factor of the Mini really doesn't amount to squat in respect to the Mac Pro. Apple should also probably upgrade the GPUs and also the Mac Pro 2013 is less than 12 months old. It is almost the exact opposite of the Mini. The MP has been recently updated so there it is not in a panic to update right now.

    The outcries where the Mac Pro went on to be out of stock for months while production caught up to demand. Yeah, I'm sure the Mac Mini product manager would absolutely loathe to have that problem. *cough*. Not.

    Has Apple cut off some fraction of the old Mac Mini customer base? Yep. Has Apple opened up the window to more Mac Mini customers( lower price ponts, more standard SSD solutions , etc) ? Yep. As long as the second is at least as large as the first it isn't going to hurt them. Apple lost the "2 or more" CPU package crowd. Did that hurt Mac Pro sales in 2014? There about zero evidence of that.

    Yearly updates only need to be better. There is zero evidence that an update would not be more performant , robust , etc. There might be a slight uptick in price but

    Apple increasing 4K monitor support across a wider set of 3rd party monitors is something they can due between now and March whether they release a new machine or not. Most current 4K monitors have the same "two streams necessary for 60Hz" problem that 5K monitors also have. There should be a new wave of better 4K single stream monitors coming also.

    Also if Apple has to put AMD Tonga driver support into OS X to support the new iMacs why skip the Tonga (or better) GCN1.1 options in an updated Mac Pro????? It doesn't really make any sense at all. A significant fraction of the R&D cost are already incurred by work on the rest of the product line.

    The GCN 1.0 GPUs in the current Mac Pros don't support OpenCL 1.2. The Mac Pro is in part a huge bet on the utility of OpenCL. Delaying transitioning the Mac Pro to GCN 1.1 (or better) GPU blocks exactly one of the major strategic trends the Mac Pro is betting on long term.

    Sure Apple is entitled to make bonehead moves.... but there is little indication they are on that path right now.
  8. mcarling macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2009
    Sometime in the next six months, Apple will be able to release a revised Mac Pro with Haswell-E CPUs, updated GPUs, and DDR4 DRAM. The big question is whether Apple will find a way to include Thunderbolt 3 and Displayport 1.3 or whether that will wait another year until Intel make them easy to include.
  9. maclove4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    i hope apple make some improvements with next generation.
  10. calaverasgrande, Oct 19, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014

    calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    I doubt we will see a NMP update anytime soon. The next step in the Xeon product line is an incompatible socket with the current one, and not much gained in terms of performance or features. So I wouldn't expect apple to increase the number of Mac Pro parts they stock this soon. Though I do expect that whenever they do update the NMP it will have a Kensington security cable slot. I can't believe the only model of Mac with no lock slot is the most expensive one!

    I'd also hope that the next model has front headphone jacks, USB and and SD card slot. But I am an optimist.

    For my home Mac Pro I'm planning on picking up a higher core CPU and 32gb of ram over the next 6 months. Not hitting any ceilings, but I just can't bear to stand still on performance.
  11. maclove4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    what is this kensington security cable that you are talking?
  12. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
  13. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    At the broadcast company I work for we lock up all of our equipment such as laptops, that could be fit in a backpack easily.
    New Mac Pro's easily fit this description.
    The Kensington Lock Slot is an oblong slot, about half an inch long, that can be found on a huge number of consumer and professional electronics. Pretty much all the current Macs except the Pro, and the lsat 5 years or so of prior Macs have these.
    It also goes by the name security slot, lock slot etc. But I've always heard them called Kensington lock slot.

    If we budget for these Macs for next year they will have to be secured in a cabinet. Probably some kind of add on for our edit suite furniture is available?
    Not too much of a big deal as you don't need physical access to these very often except the occasional 'bad Mac, hard reboot!'.
  14. maclove4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    Ahhh..i see i know what darby is talking about...i remember little back in a year in MR forum..they mentioned about this cable...
  15. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    Ironically they aren't used so much for the original intent. Which was for people in cafe's and such to lock their laptops. I used to do this with my first laptop. But as laptops got lighter, it was just another heavy thing.
    I can't recall the last time I saw one in the wild.
    These days I only ever see them in corporate settings, or in some post houses. To secure equipment.
    Strangely the old Mac Pros do have a security cable arrangment (flip the toggle in the case lever up) but it is a square hole for a cable to pass through? Not a lock slot at all.

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