Dating pro 2016 1
Dating pro 2016 1
If you want to know more, keep reading to find out what we're hoping to see in a 2016 Mac Pro update.
At present, the range of Mac Pros starts at a lofty £2,499 (,999) for a model with a quad-core Xeon processor and 12GB of RAM, whilst the variant with a 6-core Xeon and 16GB of RAM costs an eye-watering £3,299 (,999).
Despite it being the company's top-of-the-line desktop, the hardware is starting to look a little dated alongside the rest of Apple's device line-up, so we reckon it is definitely due some specification improvements, and perhaps an updated design, too.
Apple's computing market share dipped to 4.9% in Q2 of 2016, so an update to reinvigorate the remaining Mac power users is sorely needed.
According to the Pike's Universum blog, hints within El Capitan's code point to a yet-to-be-revealed Mac Pro codenamed 'AAPLJ95,1'.
As the current generation of Mac Pro was codenamed 'AAPLJ90,1', it's highly plausible that the code is referring to an unreleased upgrade.
Because of this need, we can't see Apple dropping its most powerful line altogether, although the company could reinvent the Mac Pro with a clever add-on that sits alongside or below the existing cylindrical tower, and offers the expansion that power users so desperately need.
Similar ideas have been employed for recent gaming laptops such as the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, though this makes more sense when portability is required – not with a static desktop machine.Apple tends to be quite rigid with its pricing structure, but as there's uncertainty concerning Apple's next move in the Pro range, it's difficult to predict exactly what the new system could cost.El Capitan isn't Apple's latest operating system, as the new Sierra developer preview was launched at WWDC 2016.Hints in Mac OS X El Capitan's code suggest that the new Mac Pro could arrive with 10 USB ports, whilst either the new Intel Xeon E5 v4 or AMD Zen processors are likely to be the CPU of choice.Other rumours suggest Apple will be dropping the Mac Pro in favour of a powerful all-in-one i Mac Pro with a 5K screen and super-speedy Xeon E7 paired with either the AMD Fire Pro W9100 or Polaris 10 chipsets.The older 'classic' Mac Pro also had ample space for a wide range of powerful video cards, alongside multiple expansion cards and other upgrades.