Apple Silicon Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR: Rumored System Specs, Possible Release Date, Price
Last Worldwide Developers Conference (WDCC) 2019, Apple introduced a Mac Pro desktop computer, along with the Pro Display XDR, that is rumored to have a better performance than its predecessors.
According to 9to5Mac.com, the said Mac Pro was the last desktop hardware the developers shown in their annual conference, but they were praised for their promising power and utility.
It has been two years since its reveal, but there are no recent updates nor announcements from their recent WDCC 2021 regarding the Mac Pro. However, someone posted on Reddit that Apple has released a video signaling that the next-gen Mac Pro will be rolled out this coming 2022. The said video, however, was deleted.
We might not have seen the last of Intel chips in Macs after all.https://t.co/0ntjOgnEbZ— Macworld (@macworld) June 8, 2021
The incoming new Mac Pro, according to Macworld, will be much different from the one that they revealed during the WWDC 2019 as it has changes in its interior, including an Apple System-on-a-Chip (SoCs). The self-made processor could have either 20 or 40 computing cores.
The first Apple SoC, codenamed Jade 2C-Die, will have 16 performance cores and four efficiency cores, while the other, codenamed Jade 4C-Die, will have 32 performance cores and eight efficiency cores.
Bloomberg stated in their report that the SoC will include a 64-core or 128-core option for the graphics, a 28-core computing core, and a higher-end graphics chips that could replace the parts made by semiconductor manufacturer AMD.
Despite of the transition to their own processor, Apple said that they will continue supporting Macs with Intel processors in it. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said in a tweet, quoted another tweet from Apple employee Brendan Shanks, that Apple is now working on an update to the Intel Mac Pro.
However, in a post from Laptop6.com said that the Intel Mac Pro might have the Intel Xeon W processor with 32 performance cores, a 3.5GHz Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, a 24.5MB cache, a 32GB DDR4 ECC 2666MHz RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive.
According to Macworld, the updated Intel Mac Pros might continue using the AMD graphics cards, but there are no reports regarding what possible upgrades that are in store, if any, have surfaced.
In the same report, Apple is currently offering up to 8TB of storage for the current Mac Pro, but it wasn't sure if that would be the case for the incoming next-gen Mac Pro. Apple might also not change the number of the USB ports as the current Mac Pro has four, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and 2 USB 3 ports.
As for a possible next-gen Pro Display XDR, 9to5Mac.com said that Apple might working on a new external monitor, saying that it will be a cheaper one that would not have the brightness and contrast ratio of the top-tier Apple monitor.
Possible Price and Release Date
The Apple Silicon Mac Pro might stick to the general price point the current Mac Pro has, which starts at $5,999.
According to Macworld, the prices of the company's M1 Mac series did not fluctuate much from their Intel processors, therefore the new Mac Pro will might be a "super-high-end machine" for professionals.
9to5Mac.com noted that the Apple Silicon Mac Pro will be planned to be rolled out for next year.