The new Mac Pro is being 'completely rethought' and will have a modular design to accommodate high-end CPUs and GPUs, reports Daring Fireball. Gruber was one of five reporters invited to Cupertino to hear about Apple's plans.
Apple typically doesn't reveal anything about its future plans but with the Mac Pro not having seen an update in over 1,200 days, professional users had reached new levels of anxiety over the uncertain future of pro devices at Apple.
Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and John Ternus were at the meeting to speak for Apple, here's Schiller's on the record statement via Daring Fireball:
With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call “completely rethinking the Mac Pro”. We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.
As part of doing a new Mac Pro — it is, by definition, a modular system — we will be doing a pro display as well. Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that. We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.
In the interim, we know there are a number of customers who continue to buy our [current Mac Pros]. To be clear, our current Mac Pro has met the needs of some of our customers, and we know clearly not all of our customers. None of this is black and white, it’s a wide variety of customers. Some… it’s the kind of system they wanted; others, it was not.
In the meantime, we’re going to update the configs to make it faster and better for their dollar. This is not a new model, not a new design, we’re just going to update the configs. We’re doing that this week. We can give you the specifics on that.
The CPUs, we’re moving them down the line. The GPUs, down the line, to get more performance per dollar for customers who DO need to continue to buy them on the interim until we get to a newly architected system.
"We designed ourselves into a bit of a corner," Craig Federighi, Apple SVP of Software Engineering said of the current Mac Pro's cylindrical chassis. "We wanted to do something bold and different. What we didn’t appreciate completely at the time was how we had so tailored that design to a specific vision that in the future we would find ourselves a bit boxed in — into a circular shape."
It's great to hear that Apple has something in the pipeline for professionals users although many will still be disappointed in having to wait so long.
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