Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – After a five year-long wait, Apple fans will have to be patient a bit longer before the company begins marketing its long-overdue update to the 2013 Mac Pro. Apple, Inc has affirmed the release of its newest Mac Pro some time in 2019.
“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac hardware product marketing.
The Mac Pro is a series of workstations and servers that are the most powerful offered by Apple. It’s the high-end model of the three desktop computers in the current Mac line-up. The other two are the iMac and Mac Mini. The 2019 Mac Pro is widely expected to be modular and upgradeable.
“As we said a year ago, working on modular was inherently a modular system and in looking at our customers and their workflows obviously that’s a real need for our customers,” said Boger. “And that’s the direction we’re going.”
Apple has organized a new internal team called the Pro Workflow Team to coordinate efforts across the company’s hardware and software teams to better ensure the new Mac Pro meets the needs of the core target audience. This means the Final Cut Pro must run well on the new Mac Pro, and the job of the Pro Workflow Team is to keep those two projects closely aligned. The workflow team will also interface directly with pro users and other heavy users of Apple hardware and software.
“Well, it’s a need for some of them, I want to be clear that the work that we’re doing as a part of the workflow team is across everything,” said John Ternus, Vice President of Hardware Engineering. “It’s super relevant for MacBook Pros. It’s super relevant for iMacs and iMac Pros and in the end I think it helps us in dialogue with customers to figure out what are the right systems for you. There is absolutely a need in certain places for modularity. But it’s also really clear that the iMac form factor or the MacBook Pros can be exceptionally good tools.”
The upcoming Mac Pro is expected to be a big improvement over the 2013 Mac Pro. For one, the new machine will do away with the much derided garbage can design that made the older Mac Pro the butt of jokes.
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