comscore Apple says Mac Pro being redesigned, set to launch in 2018 with a ‘modular’ design

Apple says Mac Pro being redesigned, set to launch in 2018 with a ‘modular’ design

Apple has admitted that the 2013 Mac Pro refresh was a mistake.


To say Apple is secretive about its future plans would be an understatement. The company never reveals what s in the pipeline, and it is rare to see it own up to mistakes. But Apple has done both. It admitted that the 2013 Mac Pro redesign was a mistake, and it plans to fix that by launching a new Mac Pro next year. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 8 to feature new design with flat display, may launch alongside iPhone 14

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In a meetup with journalists from the likes of TechCrunch, Mashable and BuzzFeed, Apple revealed that the Mac Pro will again be completely redesigned. This overhauled Mac Pro is said to be getting a new modular design, and the earliest we will be able to see it will be next year. What was once described as an example that Apple could still innovate, is now being considered a mistake. We designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering was quoted as saying. Also Read - Apple hasn't launched its AR/VR headset yet: Here's why

The 2013 Mac Pro redesign saw Apple opting for a cylindrical shape with multiple expansion slots, CPU sockets, internal drive bays, and six Thunderbolt 2 ports. The big issue, however, was with the graphics chips. With the Mac Pro, Apple s idea was to fit two smaller graphics chips, but it didn t really work. Being able to put larger single GPUs required a different system architecture and more thermal capacity than that system was designed to accommodate, Federighi was quoted as saying. So it became fairly difficult to adjust.

This sort of explains why the Apple Mac Pro has gone more than three years without a major upgrade. Though Apple wouldn t reveal what the 2018 Mac Pro will look like, it says that the modular concept will be adopted. If we were to speculate, this could mean that users will likely be able to swap out their own drives and GPUs if they want.

The lack of upgrades meant Apple saw users move beyond Mac Pro to its all-in-one iMac. Speaking of which, Apple has said that there be an upgraded version of the iMac launching this year. Sharing some numbers, Apple says that the Mac lineup is still seeing decent sales. The overall user base is close to 100 million, of which 80 percent are notebooks, while only 20 percent are desktops.

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  • Published Date: April 5, 2017 10:08 AM IST
  • Updated Date: April 5, 2017 10:08 AM IST

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