The new Apple Mac Pro, due to launch this year, will be "something really different" and worth the wait, according to a video maker who spoke to the Mac Pro product manager at Apple.
It's been several years since Apple updated its top-end desktop Mac, causing some concern among the creatives and image and video professionals who use the Mac Pro for work. On a forum yesterday Andrew Baird said he emailed Tim Cook to raise this issue, and a couple of months ago was called back by Douglas Brooks, who is working on the new model.
Baird told the Apple product manager that he was hoping for "extra graphics cards support and memory expansion", among other new features. Brooks' response was positive but non-specific, leaving Apple fans to speculate about whether they can expect those things in the new Mac Pro.
"Obviously he didn't tell me anything about the new Mac Pro, but asked me what I wanted to see. I told him expandability for extra graphics cards support and memory expansion were at the top of my list, amongst other things," wrote Baird.
"His reply was simple: 'You are going to be really glad that you waited. We are doing something really different here and I think you're going to be very excited when you see what we've been up to. I can't wait to show this off.' That conversation gave me enough confidence to wait for the new machine."
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There are two theories about when the Mac Pro will launch: at WWDC 2013 on Monday night, or in the autumn. Those predicting a new Mac Pro at WWDC point to retail shortages of the Mac Pro. MacTrasts claims that a survey of Apple resellers and the companies website showed "a remarkable shortage of Apple’s entry-level Mac Pro".
That report claims the majority of stores were out of stock or had limited supplies of the 2012 Mac Pro.
In the UK and Europe the Mac Pro cannot even be sold as it no longer complies with health and safety regulations.
The shortage of Mac Pro may not actually indicate a new model is on the way. Our own reseller contacts told us before the removal of the Mac Pro from sale that they rarely stocked the units due to the space requirements.
However, Lou Borella, the creator of the Facebook group ‘We Want a New Macpro’, claims a "credible" source has told him not to expect a new Mac Pro until this autumn.
The autumn shipping date for the new Mac Pro was one of a number of snippets of information that the source shared with Borella. Other insight provided about the new Mac Pro included:
- It will be heavily reliant on Thunderbolt
- There will be no internal expandability
- It will have support for dual GPUs with three-monitor support right out of the box
- No FireWire 800 or optical drive
- It will be a completely new design