As most of you know, Apple released the iMac Pro last week. The most powerful Mac, ever. This iMac is great for most of the professional users out there. They get more than enough power and the best in class 5K Retina display. But for some pro’s, the lack of upgradability in this iMac Pro just doesn’t seem right. Although, they don’t have to worry! Apple has them covered. Just not right now…
“In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.” Bill Evans, Apple PR
I honestly can’t wait to see where Apple takes the idea. Although I am much more interested in a new Pro Apple Display, simply because I don’t need these kinds of power. Phil Schiller had this to say about the new Mac Pro:
“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(2017); 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 system.” Phil Schiller
With the iMac Pro, I think most of the professionals will be very happy. But for those wanting more, and especially wanting more upgradability, there’s still some time to wait. I expect we’ll hear more about the new Mac Pro and pro display at WWDC 2018.