Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis.
These next-gen Mac Pros and pro displays “will not ship this year”. (I hope that means “next year”, but all Apple said was “not this year”.) In the meantime, Apple is today releasing meager speed-bump updates to the existing Mac Pros.
I’m surprised by, but in favor of, Apple’s continued openness and avenue of said openness (specifically the repeated disemmination via direct, on the record conversations with John Gruber and other top Apple tech pundits). While the whole lack of Mac Pro (and Mac mini) updates makes me, and so many other Apple Pro customers, very uneasy, the fact that they took this step is at least partially reassuring. I hope, and think, it was the right thing to do, considering the situation.
I look forward to what the new Mac Pros bring, especially increased ability to upgrade and maintain them over the long-term (hopefully for customers as well as Apple).
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