Apple did not commit to a 2018 Mac Pro, but there is a good amount of hope that this new Mac Pro Apple is talking about will come in 2018, and is not a product that is years away. And there will be a brand new Apple display to go with it. The $3,000 quad-core Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs has morphed into a six-core Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs.
It's worth noting this is an emotional as well as a practical reaction: for all that Apple is a multi billion dollar company, they have managed to retain a core community of creative professionals happy to pay an Apple Tax for continued use of macOS and well integrated software and hardware. To this point, Apple's Craig Federighi said the following of the 2013 Mac Pro design. In retrospect, it didn't well suit some of the people we wanted to reach ...
Referring back to the current Pro's shape, Federighi added: "What we didn't appreciate completely at the time was how we had so tailored that design to a specific vision that in the future we would find ourselves a bit boxed in - into a circular shape". The triangular design of the Mac Pro's thermal core was great for cooling roughly balanced loads, the Apple executives explained, but not so great for the single massive GPU configuration. Because of this, the internal cooling of the Mac Pro does not work well in this arrangement and long story short, they have to scrap the design. The Mac Pro is getting a minor speed bump today, too. That doesn't seem like enough to entice anyone to upgrade, let alone purchase the desktop instead of building their own PC, but at least it showed that Apple doesn't want to exit the desktop space entirely. But, Schiller did mention that it would debut alongside a new external Pro display and a redesigned iMac.
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This means that Apple is "completely rethinking" the Mac Pro and an all-new design for the desktop device is now in the works.
However, Schiller had no qualms about confirming that the new iMac Pro - or whatever it ends up being called - will not have a touchscreen. Many felt it was too expensive and lacked numerous features that Apple users had come to expect from the company's products.
"I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will", he said, adding that the Mac Pro's setup then became "fairly hard to adjust". You may want to hold off buying one for a while if you can wait, because some big changes are coming. In the meantime, if anyone desperately needs a Mac Pro, they will have to settle for the current model, which Apple has listed at $2999.