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New Mac Pros Said to be Launching in 2013

By - Source: AppleInsider | B 22 comments

Tim Cook pledged to launch new models next year.

The first beta of OS X 10.8.3 has led to speculation that Apple is preparing to launch new Mac Pros in 2013.

The beta for the upcoming update to the Mac operating system contained driver support for the Radeon HD 7900 series of powerful graphics cards from Advanced Micro Devices.

AppleInsider suggests that due to the support for AMD's "Tahiti" GPUs in the next version of Mac OS, Apple is working on an updated Mac Pro.

To add credence to the speculation, back in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised graphics professionals and dedicated users of Apple's PC that new Mac Pros would be released in 2013.

The pledge came after consumers voiced their concern regarding Apple's possible exclusion of its workstation from its plans due to a shifted focus from Mac products to the iPhone and iPad lineup.

Meanwhile, Apple's redesigned, super thin 21.5-inch iMac will be available from Friday, while the 27-inch model launches in December.

 

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    kensingtron , November 30, 2012 4:39 AM
    I'm shocks at how out dated the hardware in the mac pros are. No other company could sell 3 generation old hardware for $4500 and get away with it. When the new one's finally hit the GPU's will be 1 generation old, classic Apple.
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    dark_wizzie , November 30, 2012 4:03 AM
    No no no no no no no no no no!!!!! *Explodes* Facepalm.
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    bavman , November 30, 2012 4:07 AM
    Its about time apple updated their mac pros. Right you it costs a whooping $2.5K for a quad-core nehalem xeon and a 5770. Talk about top of the line
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    NightbladeXX , November 30, 2012 4:32 AM
    bavmanIts about time apple updated their mac pros. Right you it costs a whooping $2.5K for a quad-core nehalem xeon and a 5770. Talk about top of the line


    and with a whooping 6GB's of RAMthe Mac Pro is roughly $1700 over priced but hey its a Mac and plently love to overpay for their crap

    hell my 2 year old Asus G73Jw cost me 1500 back then and is still more powerful
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    kensingtron , November 30, 2012 4:39 AM
    I'm shocks at how out dated the hardware in the mac pros are. No other company could sell 3 generation old hardware for $4500 and get away with it. When the new one's finally hit the GPU's will be 1 generation old, classic Apple.
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    rds1220 , November 30, 2012 4:58 AM
    Thats nice, problem is it is still going to be overpriced crap.
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    amuffin , November 30, 2012 5:35 AM
    Even a nicer case to cut up! ;) 

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    vfunct , November 30, 2012 6:26 AM
    Apple PR already confirmed back in summer that the Mac pro is coming in 2013: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/12/apple-spokesperson-confirms-new-mac-pro-and-imac-designs-likely-coming-in-2013/
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    memadmax , November 30, 2012 9:25 AM
    BUT ITS MAGICAL!
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    akashi , November 30, 2012 9:29 AM
    NightbladeXXand with a whooping 6GB's of RAMthe Mac Pro is roughly $1700 over priced but hey its a Mac and plently love to overpay for their craphell my 2 year old Asus G73Jw cost me 1500 back then and is still more powerful

    kensingtronI'm shocks at how out dated the hardware in the mac pros are. No other company could sell 3 generation old hardware for $4500 and get away with it. When the new one's finally hit the GPU's will be 1 generation old, classic Apple.


    iCult members: It's all about marginal utility.
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    captainblacko , November 30, 2012 9:54 AM
    I would like to see the MBP GPU's upgraded as well. Would be nice to see the GF 675mx and 680MX in a rMBP. It'll never happen though.
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    lassik , November 30, 2012 10:14 AM
    I don't know how they even sell Mac Pros, surely given the choice over that or the iMac, people would go with the iMac range instead!

    The iMac is better specced, half the price, plus it has an amazing inbuilt monitor.

    Or am I missing something?
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    captainblacko , November 30, 2012 10:54 AM
    lassikI don't know how they even sell Mac Pros, surely given the choice over that or the iMac, people would go with the iMac range instead!The iMac is better specced, half the price, plus it has an amazing inbuilt monitor.Or am I missing something?


    iMacs are built on laptop components. Mac Pros are built with full fledged desktop components.
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    DoofusOfDeath , November 30, 2012 11:08 AM
    I'm surprised they're reportedly using AMD rather than nVidia. It seems to me that AMD has a non-trivial probability of going away in the next two years.
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    NightbladeXX , November 30, 2012 12:31 PM
    This is pathetically sad

    Apple Reveals Mac Pro with Nehalem Xeon CPUs
    9:30 AM - March 3, 2009 by Jane McEntegart - source: Tom's Hardware US
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/apple-mac-pro-nehalem-xeon,7162.html

    It takes Apple four fkn years to update thier crap?

    So the way I see it now, if some dumbass business bought a Mac Pro right now, They are spending $1000 on case and $500 on OSX, still doesnt even justify the leftover $1000 for their almost 4 year old hardware.

    I have always despised Apple's business ethics but charging people this money, right now, is akin to extortion.

    Just shocked, and I already loathe Apple

    Hey Tom's why don't you make real news and hammer Apple for their current Mac Pro prices??
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    farhadd , November 30, 2012 12:36 PM
    captainblackoI would like to see the MBP GPU's upgraded as well. Would be nice to see the GF 675mx and 680MX in a rMBP. It'll never happen though.

    There's no way they'd get the battery life and thinness they demand from the product at this point with those parts. You'd have to tether yourself to a desk, install a Thunderbolt PCIe box with a separate full size GPU and drive an external display if you want crazy (expensive) performance :( 
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    farhadd , November 30, 2012 12:36 PM
    Most of the people who need Mac Pros are going to be Video / Audio editing folks who run VFX and compositing apps. A lot of those apps and their plugins are now harnessing CUDA acceleration. Unfortunately, they've been slow to adopt OpenCL acceleration (Adobe is doing an admirable job there, but most companies are dragging their feet in that regard). Aftermarket parts notwithstanding, it would be much better if Apple bundled Nvidia graphics into those systems so we don't have to shell out for new graphics cards out of the box to kick performance up significantly.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 30, 2012 12:45 PM
    NightbladeXXand with a whooping 6GB's of RAMthe Mac Pro is roughly $1700 over priced but hey its a Mac and plently love to overpay for their craphell my 2 year old Asus G73Jw cost me 1500 back then and is still more powerful

    But...but...it just works! :p 

    Edit: /sarcasm (in case it wasn't obvious...)
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    NightbladeXX , November 30, 2012 12:52 PM
    Old_Fogie_Late_BloomerBut...but...it just works!


    LMAO, so does my Windows 7 Asus laptop and that extra $1K bought me a ton of nice accessories and beer
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    azraa , November 30, 2012 1:09 PM
    farhaddMost of the people who need Mac Pros are going to be Video / Audio editing folks who run VFX and compositing apps. A lot of those apps and their plugins are now harnessing CUDA acceleration. Unfortunately, they've been slow to adopt OpenCL acceleration (Adobe is doing an admirable job there, but most companies are dragging their feet in that regard). Aftermarket parts notwithstanding, it would be much better if Apple bundled Nvidia graphics into those systems so we don't have to shell out for new graphics cards out of the box to kick performance up significantly.


    Well, considering that your comment is actually correct, Apple had it right by adding support for AMD cards. Their GCN architecture does wonders with OpenCL. However, who cares? You could simple build yourself a custom Mac for your editing work, which is actually pretty decent with that OS and some apps written for it.

    But but againg, thats the thing: no matter from where you look, and even if they made the right choice by supporting GCN, its STILL a waste of money.
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    captainblacko , November 30, 2012 1:13 PM
    farhaddThere's no way they'd get the battery life and thinness they demand from the product at this point with those parts. You'd have to tether yourself to a desk, install a Thunderbolt PCIe box with a separate full size GPU and drive an external display if you want crazy (expensive) performance



    In theory i don't see any issues fitting a 675mx or 680mx in the 15inch rMBP as long as its got a new cooling system design. Clevo do a 680M in a 15 inch chassis, granted the chassis is much thicker than a rMBP but i think its possible. Then again no one has tested the new iMac 27inch with a 680mx yet......
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