Since I wrote my blog on the MacPro (read it here), Apple presented its keynote at this year’s WorldWide Developer Conference. Shortly after that, when the Apple Store reopened, not only were the new Mac portables listed, but the MacPro also had a small “New” tag over it.
However, the MacPro update was somewhat underwhelming, as my email and blog comments will attest. No Thunderbolt and no USB 3, to name two deficiencies when compared to the rest of the Mac line. Apple increased the minimum RAM to 6 MB, but is still using a 2-year-old processor.
I sent a note off to Apple asking for clarification, however, while waiting, I came across this write-up of WWDC from David Pogue – Technology Editor for the New York Times:
Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro. An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013. [ Read his entire post here. ]
David is extraordinarily well-connected and if he says he talked with an Apple executive, then I’m sure it was a senior-level person.
Here’s my guess on what’s going on. I think that Apple decided a couple of years ago not to update the MacPro – that was the word I was hearing on the street. Then, less than a year ago, they changed their minds and decided to update the machine. However, hardware update cycles are lengthy and it takes time to create all the parts, which is why the system won’t be available, according to Pogue, until next year.
For now, it is good to know that the MacPro is not dead. Whether that is sufficient news for you, well, only you can decide that.
I’ll let you know if I learn anything more. And please let me know what you think.
UPDATE – June 12, 2012
Apple removed the “New” flag next to the MacPro in the Store listing.
UPDATE – June 13, 2012
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, issued an email today saying that the MacPro would have a significant upgrade in 2013. No features or more specific date was mentioned. You can read his comments on a variety of websites. Here’s one: arstechnica.com/apple/2012/06/tim-cook-something-really-great-coming-in-2013-for-pro-mac-users/
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