Apple has broken its practice and pre-announced the launch of two new products – iMacs later this year and a “completely rethought Mac Pro” in the future.
The first Mac Pro was released in December 2013 demonstrating a complete redesign of the company’s highest-powered machine. Craig Federighi, company’s senior vice president of software engineering, admits that the design of Mac Pro actually tied Apple’s hands when it came to replace the machine.
“I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will,” he said. “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. 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,” Federighi added. “So it became fairly difficult to adjust.”
Apple has apologized for the whole three years of absence of updates. And now, taking into account that there won’t be any news for one more year, Apple took the rare decision to pre-announce the update to the Mac line. Traditionally, Apple doesn’t come up with announcements until the products are ready for sale.
There are not many details about the new Mac Pro. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said: “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.” According to Schiller, a new Pro monitor would be coming alongside the computer.
Apple has confirmed that it is preparing an update to the iMac, the computer that is still popular with the majority of Apple desktop users, including the majority of professional users. “We have big plans for the iMac,” Schiller said. “We’re going to begin making configurations of iMac specifically with the Pro customer in mind.”
Apple is caring of its users and prepared a mild spec bump of the device for those who can’t wait for a new Mac Pro. The £2,999 entry level configuration will now have the specs previously given to the £3,899 model, while that more expensive model gains faster CPUs and GPUs.