Mac Pros Drying Up, Refresh Coming?

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In prior years, it’s been possible to gauge how likely a refresh of one of Apple’s product lines is by checking on the stock at various resellers. As the date of new introduction drew closer, the stock would slowly deplete, leading to a general lack of availability before the new product came onto the market. 

Last year, Tim Cook famously promised a customer about a new Mac Pro experience coming later this year – after the Apple user had written in to the CEO and complained about the lack of love that Apple had been giving their high-end users. A few months later, Apple ceased sales of the Mac Pro workstation in Europe, citing a lack of compliance with a new safety law, which mandated changes to the grilles around the exhaust fans. At the time, many assumed Apple simply discontinued European sales instead of revamping the machine, believing that an update was imminent (thanks to the aforementioned email).

Quad-Core

12-Core

Server

One 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
processor
Two 2.4GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon 
processors
One 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 
processor
6GB (three 2GB) memory 12GB (six 2GB) memory 8GB (four 2GB) memory
1TB hard drive 1TB hard drive Two 1TB hard drives
18x SuperDrive 18x SuperDrive OS X Server
ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB GDDR5
$2,499.00 $3,799.00 $2,999.00

Perhaps the most obvious argument for Apple replacing the Mac Pro with a substantially updated successor is simply its age. Even with new CPU options added last year, the machine is really starting to look out of date – the entry-level model, which still costs a whopping $2,499, comes with a 3.2 GHz, quad-core (Sandy Bridge) Xeon CPU, just 6GB of RAM, a single 1TB hard drive, a DVD burner, and an ATI Radeon HD 5770.

Everything in the machine is two generations old (the CPU isn’t, though the technology upon which it’s based is), and by now, the cheaper iMac all-in-ones can surpass the Mac Pro, and they include a 27-inch display. They also include USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, both of which the Mac Pro lacks.

Over at MacTrast, someone went and looked at several resellers of the Mac Pro, and found that many were out of stock. The Apple website and most major Apple Stores have sufficient supply, but that may change as we get closer to WWDC.

Will the Mac Pro’s successor be unveiled? We think so. It seems like a missed opportunity if Apple decides not to do it, but it’s certainly possible – the company has given some indication that it wishes to focus on new advancements to iOS 7 and OS X 10.9.

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