• [NEWS] Mac Pro updated and new model next year

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Wed Apr 5 13:40:58 2017
    XPost: comp.sys.mac.misc

    Apple Refreshes Mac Pro Lineup, Says All-New Modular Model
    With Apple-Branded Pro Displays Coming After 2017
    Apple today reshuffled its Mac Pro configurations and pricing,
    marking the first "update" to Apple's pro-oriented desktop
    computer in over three years. Apple also confirmed it is
    working on a "completely rethought" Mac Pro with Apple-branded
    pro displays that will launch at some point beyond this year.

    The former $3,999 model is now the $2,999 base model, while
    the previously built-to-order 8-core model with dual D700 GPUs
    is now the high-end stock configuration for $3,999. Both
    models are equipped with 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, four
    USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and dual Gigabit
    Ethernet ports.

    The former quad-core model with dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs
    and 12GB of RAM now has 6-cores with dual D500 GPUs and 16GB
    of RAM, while the 6-Core model with dual AMD FirePro D500
    GPUs is now 8-cores with dual D700 GPUs and 16GB of RAM.
    There are no other hardware changes‹not even Thunderbolt 3

    Meanwhile, Apple said an all-new Mac Pro will be a high-end,
    high-throughput modular system that will "take longer than
    this year" to complete. It will be accompanied by an
    Apple-branded external display in at least one size,
    essentially marking the return of the discontinued
    Thunderbolt Display.

    Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller via Daring Fireball:

    "With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process
    of what we call "completely rethinking the Mac Pro."
    We're working on it. We have a team working hard on
    it right now, and we want to architect it so that
    we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and
    we're committed to making it our highest-end,
    high-throughput desktop system, designed for our
    demanding pro customers.

    As part of doing a new Mac Pro ‹ it is, by
    definition, a modular system ‹ we will be doing a
    pro display as well. Now you won't see any of those
    products this year; we're in the process of that.
    We think it's really important to create something
    great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro
    modular system, and that'll take longer than this
    year to do.

    In the interim, we know there are a number of
    customers who continue to buy our [current Mac
    Pros]. To be clear, our current Mac Pro has met
    the needs of some of our customers, and we know
    clearly not all of our customers. None of this is
    black and white, it's a wide variety of customers.
    Some... it's the kind of system they wanted;
    others, it was not.

    In the meantime, we're going to update the configs
    to make it faster and better for their dollar. This
    is not a new model, not a new design, we're just
    going to update the configs. We're doing that this
    week. We can give you the specifics on that.

    The CPUs, we're moving them down the line. The GPUs,
    down the line, to get more performance per dollar
    for customers who DO need to continue to buy them
    on the interim until we get to a newly architected

    Apple said that Mac desktops represent roughly 20 percent
    of overall Mac sales, with the Mac Pro accounting for only
    a "single-digit" percentage of Mac sales, perhaps as
    justification for the elongated refresh cycle. 1,202 days
    had passed since the last Mac Pro update, per the MacRumors
    Buyer's Guide.

    Apple also suggested that the "trash can" design of the
    current Mac Pro has restricted its ability to truly upgrade

    Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi via

    "I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a
    thermal corner, if you will. We designed a
    system that we thought 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
    architectureŠ that that was the thermal limit
    we needed, or the thermal capacity we needed.
    But workloads didn't materialize to fit that as
    broadly as we hoped.

    Being able to put larger single GPUs required
    a different system architecture and more
    thermal capacity than that system was designed
    to accommodate. And so it became fairly
    difficult to adjust. At the same time, so many
    of our customers were moving to iMac that we
    saw a path to address many, many more of those
    that were finding themselves limited by Mac Pro
    through a next generation iMac.. And really put
    a lot of our energy behind that. [But,] while
    that [upgraded iMac] system is going to be
    fantastic for a huge number of customers ‹ we
    want to do more."

    It isn't often that Apple pre-announces new products in
    its pipeline, but there were growing concerns that Apple
    no longer cared about professional users, and this is the
    company's way of proving otherwise. Schiller reiterated t
    hat Apple is committed to the Mac and has "great products"
    planned for the future.

    "We're committed to the Mac, we've got great
    talent on the Mac, both hardware and software,
    we've got great products planned for the future,
    and as far as our horizon line can see, the Mac
    is a core component of the things Apple delivers,
    including to our pro customers."

    Apple's repriced Mac Pro configurations are now listed on
    its online store, but the 8-core model is "currently


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  • From android@21:1/5 to Your Name on Wed Apr 5 07:24:18 2017
    XPost: comp.sys.mac.misc

    In article <050420171340582518%YourName@YourISP.com>,
    Your Name <YourName@YourISP.com> wrote:


    Totally necessary for their long term streetcred. The proof of the
    pudding is in the eating though...
    teleportation kills

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