With the last Mac Pro update coming way back in 2013, not much has changed in the last few years about the once powerful workhorse of Apple’s Mac line.
According to a roundtable discussion held in Cupertino this week, however, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, says that a new, more modular Pro is coming at some point in 2018. Schiller also says that a new Pro all-in-one display will launch alongside the revamped Mac Pro.
He did, however, tell Buzzfeed that “You won’t see any of these products this year,” so those hoping for a full update to their aging Mac Pro still have a long wait. Apple’s design team is apparently working on a way to ensure that the new Pros can easily and efficiently be upgraded, arguably one of the current model of the computer’s most significant problems and a stark move away from Apple’s traditional ‘walled-garden’ approach to hardware.
During the roundtable, Schiller also noted that desktop Macs make up 20 percent of the Mac devices the company shipped last year, though he also mentioned that Mac sales were up in 2016.
In a rare turn, even Apple’s Craig Federighi, the company’s senior vice-president of software engineering, also admitted that “we designed ourselves into a bit of corner,” when discussing about the current Mac Pro.
“The Mac has an important, long future at Apple… and if we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates on that, we’re sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro, and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it,” said Schiller in an interview with Techcrunch.
Apple has announced a performance bump to the existing Pro designed to make the line faster and cheaper. The tech giant has cut the price of its 6-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GFX rig down to $3,499 CAD and is adding another $4,699 build that features an 8-core processor and dual FirePro D700 graphics.
Apple Canada has confirmed to MobileSyrup that all of these updated Mac Pro devices are set to arrive in Canada and that we’ll receive specific Canadian pricing information related to each device later this week.
Apple’s complete revamped Mac Pro devices will not launch until 2018.
Update 04/04/2017: Canadian pricing has been confirmed and added to the story.