The new Mac Pro models stick to the same design while adding slightly more powerful innards: The "entry-level" Mac Pro now comes with a 6-core processor, dual D500 GPUs and 16GB of RAM, and is selling for $2999.
Unfortunately, although the internals have been modified, Apple has chosen not to update the connectivity options, saving UBC and thunderbolt 3 tech for next year's "complete rethink". In the four years since the cylinder Mac Pro was revealed, many users were opting to switch to an iMac, which caused them to move the Mac Pro to the backburner. Still, the promise of a compelling new Mac Pro with a high end display to match is enticing if Apple pulls it off, and if it isn't too late.
Indeed, Federighi even admitted that Apple didn't come to terms with the fact that it needed to do more regarding the Mac Pro, and that the realization that the firm wasn't fully addressing the professional market came "later than we liked". In retrospect, it didn't well suit some of the people we wanted to reach.
"We have big plans for the iMac", Apple's Phil Schiller told BuzzFeed.
Mac was at the center of the conversation, especially the Pro users.
However, Apple has now said it may have restricted itself in the way it designed the Pro, limiting what it could ever do to replace the machine.
After Apple failed to announce new Mac desktops at last year's MacBook Pro with Touch Bar unveiling, some critics charged Apple with ignoring professional customers who need the additional power the Mac Pro offers. (Walk into an Apple Store today and ask for a 4K or 5K display, and you'll be pointed to a device made by LG, not Apple, a disappointment given Apple's history of producing high-quality monitors). It also reaffirmed its commitment to the Mac line, and promised that new Pro desktops are in development with a modular design - but they won't be arriving until next year at the earliest.
"Since the Mac Pro is a modular system, we are also doing a pro display", Schiller added.
Separately, the company revealed that it is releasing two upgraded configurations of the Mac Pro this week in the meanwhile.
At the time of its launch, the Mac Pro was a major redesign of the most powerful machine Apple made - a small black cylinder that was created to cool itself while making minimal noise. While these spec upgrades aren't groundbreaking, it's a nice gesture from Apple given that the Mac Pro hasn't changed one iota since Apple originally introduced the machine back in June of 2013.
But, Apple seems to have learned its lesson by torturing us for years. 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.