Will the 2013 Mac Pro have the "iMac delivery fiasco" as well?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ApplesAOranges, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. ApplesAOranges macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Just wondering if Apple will fail again with the new Mac Pros when it´s released. I´m quessing yes. I´ve been waiting the new iMac for six weeks and still nothing. :mad:

    So I´m wondering how many months I will have to wait for the new Mac Pro when it´s released...

    Is this some sick marketing strategy from Apple or do they really have no funds and resources to produce these machines faster? :confused:
  2. Borman macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
    It really depends on how many they make. I wouldn't imagine it having quite the demand of the iMac, but who knows considering how long people have been waiting.
  3. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    You're kind of jumping the gun a bit now don't you think?
  4. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Why are you apologizing for Apple? Don´t you think they are the ones jumping the gun with "releasing" products, but not being able to manufacture them (or intentionally keeping the supply low and demand high?)?
  5. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    They are having trouble with new manufacturing techniques, and there was pent up demand because of the delayed release. The situation is understandable, but disappointing.

    We don't know what the new Mac Pro will bring, or how long that have been working on it, so we don't know what problems it might have. But there is certainly pent up demand because it has been so long since the last worthwhile update, so supplies are likely to be constrained initially.
  6. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    No one is apologizing for Apple. What is at question here is any basis whatsoever for your assertion this might happen.

    bonding a glass panel directly to a LCD has know problems. That is why nobody else has been doing it for the last 20 years.

    What exactly about the Mac Pro construction process is suppose to cause drama. Complicated milling of Aluminum? errr. has been done for last 20-30 years.

    There is no LCD which slowed rMBP and iMac deliveries.

    So what? Apple is adding a dilithium crystal matter-antimatter engine to the Mac Pro? They got a new metal composite from Area 51 ?

    The current seamless Mac Pro case was already wasn't easy to manufacture and Apple did just fine over the last 7 years or so.

    Even if they were poking holes in the case and filling them with dielectric....


    its isn't a huge leap from what is being done now on other, much higher volume, models.

    Apple doesn't manufacture anything. It is more the case of having a honest relationship between themselves and the manufacturers. If one or more sides isn't honest about the difficulties in scaling the product then run into glitches.

    The demand for Mac Pro is relatively low (relative to either other Mac product). Scaling problems unless there is a basic parts shortage is extremely unlikely to be an issue.
  7. All Taken macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    No, at most the new machine will have 30% the demand that a typical iMac release has.

    Unless of course the new Mac Pro has a built in display side panel that uses lamination for bonding....
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Will the 2013 Mac Pro have the "iMac delivery fiasco" as well?

    Nobody here could possibly know the answer to that.
  9. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    I ordered my BTO 2010 Mac Pro a couple days after they were made available for order. It arrived right on time.
  10. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I think it took me two months to get my 2008 Mac Pro.

    So I'd be expecting it. It happens every Mac Pro release.
  11. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Holy Cow. That's a long wait.
  12. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    Who said there will be a 2013 Mac Pro?

    Ivy Xeons not until early 2014.
  13. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Tim Cook did, and Apple PR has pointed back to that statement a few times since.
  14. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    He said they were working on something for Pros for late 2013.

    That was also said at a time when the Ivy Xeons were on schedule for late 2013.

    Tim Cook has never said "We are releasing a new professional Mac Pro tower during calendar year 2013."

    Remember, they also consider FCPx to be for "Pros" so Tim's definition is likely not the same as the rest of us.
  15. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I'm pretty sure it was the GeForce 8800 option that did it.
  16. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    Who says that 2013 Mac Pro has to use a Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 ? It could just as easily use Sandy Bridge offerings. That would make even more sense if Ivy Bridge Xeon E5s slid into 2014.

    However, who says they are? Somewhat recent roadmaps had them in Q3 '13. That leaves just about all of Q4 to slide into without transition to 2014.

    "... Ungaro said on the call that the future "Ivy Bridge" Xeon E5 v2 processors, due later this year from Intel, will slip right into the existing machines because they are socket-compatible with the current Xeon E5s and will not require any re-engineering. ... "

    Vendors are still lining up to deploy Xeon E5 v2 this year. The Supercomputer folks may be in "special, first come" class status but as mostly just a socket compatible process shrink there shouldn't be a huge delay here.

  17. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    PowerPC land

    As mentioned previously, we simply don't know and really the only thing I predict we will see in this "wonderful" for 2013 is possibly a very non-upgradable mac like pro machine where there will be less expansion and integrated graphics.

    My hope is for a 16x or 32x PCIe slot for a dedicated graphics card and possibly 1 to 2 PCIe 3.0 slots.. Again, speculation. We don't know and we will all have to wait and see, but I am in no rush for it as my 6-core Westmere serves my use rather well.
  18. deconstruct60, Feb 15, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013

    deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    chuckle how this post doesn't show up as an edit.

    No he didn't. He said "although don't have anything now ... later in 2013" . late != later.

    He did not peg it specially to Q4 2013. That is a bunch of made up lore created on rumors sites to conveniently fit. ....

    Actually anyway most of the Ivy Bridge-E (i7 varianiant ) and -EP (Xeo E5 ) roadmaps were in the dark on rumor sites last June. It wasn't until around Fall Intel developers forum that the roadmap firmed up and leaks became common.

    In fact the roadmaps as of Oct pegged Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 at Q3 ( except for the 1600 series which is closer to Q4. )


    Again lots of hand waving turns early Q3 into "late 2013". They probably will arrive closer to Q4 than start of Q3 since mainstream Haswell has slipped and they use the same process technology so Intels fabs will be adjusting their schedule to handle other launches.

    Tim Cook never was going to specifically name a product. Talking specifically about future products is a firing offense Apple. It is against corporate policy. Apple is only going to tip-toe close to the line to drop hints. Some elements of common sense is required. If a customer asks about a Mac Pro and Cook replies about something in that space .... it probably is something that is going to be labeled Mac Pro.

    Sigh.... There is nothing in FCPX that stepped away from performance. If the solutin they are building is equally aligned with performance that will include Xeon E5's and mid-to-upper end GPU cards. That is just where the industry is going. Legacy baggage like ODDs and other things may be let go but if lookng for basic motivations the new offering would be aligned with the future not the past.

    For some being a "pro" means languishing in old methodologies and old technologies. In that respect, yes... those probably will get left behind.
  19. Simon R. macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2006
    Who says there's gonna be a 2013 Mac Pro?

    EDIT: Ah, sorry - late to the party. But as pointed out... we don't know if there will be one this year or ever again....
  20. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    on multiple occasions when the future of Mac Pro pops up Apple repeatedly points back to the same context last June were comments were made about something in 2013.

    To take the position there isn't going to be anything in 2013 is not the most likely bet.

    You don't know if there are going to be any Apple products this year or ever again. Apple could spontaneously collapse from some catastrophic failure.
  21. Simon R. macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2006
    Stop being a fool with comments like that. You do know that Apple is a BUSINESS, right? And how much revenue are they making from the Mac Pro line? Very little, if any. That is why it isn't unlikely that the line is dead - also considering it is the only line of Macs that have no USB3, no Thunderbolt and it doesn't have SATA3 either. It's obviously been left behind. Apple may release a totally different product that they intent as their pro product line, but I think that the big, bulky Mac Pro is a thing of the past. Unfortunately some of us still need something with more expandability than what an iMac can give you with sound cards, DSP cards, HDMI outputs etc., so we'll see if that is being taken care of somehow. The era of big PCI cards is certainly coming to an end - only problem is that right now there is no successor to it. I am sure in 10 years there will be, but for the time being desktops are still important for many people.
  22. mikeorchard macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    Welcome to the entirety of Apple's history of product launches.
  23. Garamond macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2004
    Speculating about possible future delays in products yet to be released.

    So that is what this forum has become?
  24. deconstruct60, Feb 16, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013

    deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    If about 100K per year at about a $2,999 average selling price ( both conservatively high and low respectively) that is approximately $300M/yr. That is not very little. Only a deeply warped perspective would label that as very little. If most of Apple's Mac Pro customers were bring in $300M/yr this whole thing would be a non issue.

    The issue is growth not revenues. A 2009 business that does $300M which became a 2010 business at $300M , etc etc. is a big problem for Apple since they can get a much higher return on investment by putting money into other products that do grow and have comparable profit margins.

    As if USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt are the critical factors behind the lack of Mac Pro growth or revenues. Comical.

    Apple's lack of investment in 2010-2011 says nothing about whether they expect to get better return on investment in 2013-2015 in the Mac Pro space. If they announced that they want to compete in the space, it is extremely likely that there is a reasonable expectation to make an acceptable return in this area.

    In order to get a return they have to have something competitive.

    And you are an Apple VP or executive. In charge of Mac Pro product management ? Work for Apple at all? It really doesn't matter how you grab your crotch. That really isn't going to have much direct influence on the next Mac Pro.

    Chuckle. That's why intel is releasing Xeon Phi cards and the rest of the higher end GPGPU market is doing well and growing?

    what is coming to an end is the era of the small PCI-e cards. Adding relatively pedestrian I/O like USB 2.0 , FW800 , 1GbE, one-two port eSATA functionality, etc. (ExpressCard like stuff. ) A vertical PCI-e card just to add bluetooth .... nonsensical at this point.

    Folks keep inventing "modular future" with Thunderbolt when PCI-e is substantially faster and affords much more modularity in a single box. The multiple computer ( where computation is main element being focused on) is growing.

    That is what is wrong with the Mac Pro's growth. It is not tracking that.

    The trend in the workstation market are that:

    1. GPU cards in the mid-upper range are getting hotter with respect to 10 years ago.

    2. CPUs are not the sole source of computational power and in order to compete with GPUs can't really go in the completely opposite power reduction direction. ( they are both having to balance performance versus power savings) so much slower power decreases than more mainstream designs. )

    Neither of those are indicators of a smaller box that is competitive.

    Similarily while needs for 5.25" devices is down the need for 2.5" devices is up. Again probably a net zero space consumption trade-off and not indicative of a smaller box that is competitive.

    It is barely starting. There is still gobs of the software base that is mired in 20 year old, outdated architectural constraints and preconceptions.

    The Mac Pro was never aimed at many people ( the mainstream). No one needed at Mac Pro to run mainstream apps before and still won't 10 years from now.
  25. Simon R. macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2006
    This is from 2011, and the 6% desktop revenu you see there includes Mac mini - so my guess is that the Mac Pro in 2011 accounted for less than 3% of the revenue. And today it's even less.


    It certainly is. Not many are willing to buy technology that is already ancient when you buy it. For example Black Magic Designs newest video interfaces are available for USB3 and Thunderbolt - which means you can't use those on a Mac - and they used to be a "Mac first" company.

    Thunderbolt - a technology Apple themselves have boasted how great is - and their pro machines don't have it - now THAT is comical.

    SATA3 - the current Mac Pros can't even take full advantage of SSD's because they are crippled by having an old SATA2 interface.

    You are obviously an "Apple apologist" or ignorant if you can't see these are major points and major shortcomings in current Mac Pros.

    There isn't going to be a "next Mac Pro". That is what I believe. But I certainly hope that I am wrong.

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