It didn't make it into the keynote, but Apple hadn't forgotton the Mac Pro. Yes, it's true: Mac users yearning for a new Mac Pro finally have their wish - Apple on Monday quietly released an update to the tower Mac, nearly two years after its last update. And the prices of the new Mac Pros have not changed from the previous models.
Apple offers two standard configurations of the Mac Pro. The £2,049.00 model features a 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon W3565 processor, which is capable of a speed of 3.46GHz using Turbo Boost. The processor also supports Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores, and has 8MB of L3 cache. The £3,099.00 model has two 2.4GHz six-core Xeon E5645 processors, with Turbo Boost performance up to 2.67GHz. The E5645 also has Hyper-Threading (24 virtual cores) and 12MB of L3 cache.
The £2,049.00 Mac Pro has 6GB of RAM, while the £3,099.00 Mac Pro has 12GB of RAM. Both Mac Pro models come with a 7200-rpm 1TB hard drive, with the three other hard drive bays open for customization. For video, the Mac Pro comes standard with a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770 PCI Express cards. The 5770 has two Mini DisplayPorts and a dual-link DVI port.
The previous £2,049.00 model had a 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon W3530 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. The previous £3,099.00 model had two 2.4GHz quad-core Xeon E5620 processors with 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card.
Apple also updated its Mac Pro Server. The updated version has the same 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon W3565 processor as the £2,049.00 Mac Pro, but the Server includes two 1TB hard drives, 8GB of RAM, and OS X Lion Server. It is £2,449.00.
The Mac Pro update wasn’t mentioned during the WWDC keynote, but Apple updated the Mac Pro product page soon after the keynote concluded. Overall, the update to the Mac Pro is a relatively minor one—a speed bump for the processors, and increases in RAM. Not only did the storage and video remain the same as in the previous model released in July 2010, but Apple didn’t see the Mac Pro fit for Thunderbolt, which is on every other Mac. The Mac Pro still uses USB 2.0 ports instead of USB 3.0, which made its debut in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.