The company updated its MacBook Pro laptops late last year, but desktop Macs have languished with outdated specs sometimes for years.
While these days Apple has mostly shifted its focus towards the iPhone and the Macbook, one could easily forget the Cupertino heavyweight got its beginning with the launch of the now-legendary Macintosh computer. The next model up, which previously featured a hexa-core Intel Xeon CPU, now features an octa-core (8-core) Xeon E5 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and dual AMD D700 GPUs boasting 6 GB of VRAM apiece for $3,999. Apple, in an interview with tech site Daring Fireball, explained that it will launch a new iMac this year and will launch a completely redesigned Mac Pro, with a new modular design, sometime next year.
Apple's iMacs, which are traditionally designed for home consumer use, have received a bit more attention than the Mac Pro and have at least been updated on a slightly more regular cadence.
Apple says that the current Mac Pro's design ended up being too thermally limited and inflexible. In retrospect, it didn't well suit some of the people we wanted to reach ... We designed a system with the kind of GPUs that at the time we thought we needed, and that we thought we could well serve with a two GPU architecture.
Apple has taken the unusual step of pre-announcing new products in its Mac line-up.
For the Mac Pro, Apple is implicitly admitting that its design - the sleek black jet engine - was flawed.
So what will the new Mac Pro be?
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But the upshot is that Apple will indeed try again with a new, "modular" desktop Mac Pro that's better suited to the highest-end of high-end Mac users.
The situation was bad enough that AAPL staged this event to assure everyone that it hasn't abandoned the Mac or its professional users.
"If we've had a pause in upgrades and updates, we're sorry for that - what happened with the Mac Pro - and we're going to come out with something great to replace it", he added.
This means that Apple is "completely rethinking" the Mac Pro and an all-new design for the desktop device is now in the works. But, Schiller did mention that it would debut alongside a new external Pro display and a redesigned iMac. But, as you already know, we'd suggest everyone wait for the coming Mac Pro, which will land sometime in 2018.
At the time of its launch, the Mac Pro was a major redesign of the most powerful machine Apple made - a small black cylinder that was created to cool itself while making minimal noise. Schiller also said Apple is working on a new display for the device, which would fill a bizarrely empty slot in the company's lineup. Apparently, new pro-level iMacs are due later this year.
"The current Mac Pro, as we've said a few times, was constrained thermally and it restricted our ability to upgrade it", he said.