April 4th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
"We are completely rethinking the Mac Pro," Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing said during a recent roundtable with a handful of reporters at the company's Machine Shop hardware prototyping lab. And it won't just be the computer. "Since the Mac Pro is a modular system, we are also doing a pro display. There's a team working hard on it right now."
The quote regarding shipping was "not this year," so presumably that means next year. It's interesting Apple pre-announced this update. The Mac Pro hasn't been updated in over three years and obviously has taken a back seat. It seems Apple's bet on Thunderbolt over internal expansion, plus its unconventional graphics cards didn't pan out.
It's been I guess 10 years now that I've been hoping Apple would release a more conventional mini-tower design. Basically a computer that can take a range of full-sized PCIe graphics processors and be equipped with an affordable i7 CPU. Essentially an iMac with a real graphics processor, expandable internal storage, and your display of choice.
The old silver Mac Pros were basically there, but came with high-priced Xeon CPUs. That's nice, but really expensive for the only option for high-end GPU on a Mac.