Apple’s Mac Pro was launched in 2019, and updates often come out in increments—new graphics choices right here, SSD module upgrades, there, etcetera. But the Mac Pro will quickly bear a significant replace when Apple provides its personal System on a Chip (SoC) to the workstation. This article retains observe of all the things we’re listening to in regards to the new Mac Pro, so return to this web page to maintain updated with what could possibly be coming.
2022 Mac Pro: Release date
WWDC reveal, however late 2022 launch – predicted
WWDC is the place the 2019 and 2013 fashions have been launched, with transport later within the yr, so we anticipate a WWDC preview of the brand new Mac Pro.
Will we see a brand new Mac Pro at WWDC in June then? While we don’t anticipate that Apple might be prepared to start out transport a brand new Mac Pro in June 2022, we do anticipate that the corporate will take the chance to point out off its plans for the machine at that developer occasion. So anticipate information about an much more highly effective model of the M1 – rumoured to be the M1 Ultra – or perhaps a completely new chip.
Apple mentioned in June 2020 that it deliberate to transition all of its Macs to its personal chips inside two years. This may be interpreted as two years from June 2020, or two years from when Apple launched the primary M1 Mac: November 2022. So we will assume that, sooner or later earlier than the tip of 2022, the Mac Pro will achieve a robust Apple chip. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman mentioned in an August 2021 Power On publication that Apple is on observe to fulfill its deadline of November 2022 for the Apple-powered Mac Pro. Read: Gurman: Apple iMac and Mac Pro to reach by November 2022.
However, there could possibly be an excellent longer look forward to the Mac Pro replace. According to a tweet from analyst Ming Chi Kuo the Mac Pro and that iMac Pro gained’t arrive till 2023:
It’s no actual shock that the look forward to Macs just like the Mac Pro to begin to use Apple Silicon can be so lengthy: Apple’s excessive finish desktops contain significantly complicated growth with Apple encountering extra challenges. It can be no large stunned if Apple misses the deadline with the Mac Pro, particularly because the business is encountering element shortages and different delays.
2022 Mac Pro: Price
The present Mac Pro begins at $5,999/£5,499 and we assume the Apple silicon-based Mac Pro will persist with that basic worth level. Apple’s M1 Mac costs haven’t fluctuated a lot from their Intel predecessors, so the brand new Mac Pro will nearly actually be a super-high-end machine for professionals.
2022 Mac Pro: Design
Gurman additionally stories that Apple gained’t discontinue the present Mac Pro design. This appears doubtless given the issues Apple encountered the final time it made the Mac Pro smaller. We hope that the corporate gained’t be making the identical mistake twice and the brand new Mac Pro will keep the confirmed design.
2022 Mac Pro: Specs
Those Mac customers for whom the Mac Pro is focused might be within the capabilities of the machine. Will Apple be capable of make a processor to rival the workstation processors of Intel?
The rumors counsel that Apple will mix two M1 Ultra to make an M1 Extreme, which can provide:
40-core CPU (32 efficiency cores and eight effectivity cores)
Up to 128-core GPU
Up to 64-core Neural Engine
Up to 256GB of RAM
1,6000GBps reminiscence bandwidth
We’ll look in additional element at these specs under.
Right now the utmost CPU cores you will get in a Mac Pro is 28 courtesy of its Intel Xeon processor. The greatest Mac Studio can present 20-core CPU.
In comparability AMD provides as much as 64 CPU cores for a few of its high-end chips for gaming PCs.
If we assumed Apple might mix two M1 Ultra we might see a 40-core CPU. This ties in with a 2020 Bloomberg report that claimed the brand new processor that Apple is engaged on for the Mac Pro will provide 32 excessive efficiency cores.
The M1 Ultra has 20 cores – 16 are excessive efficiency cores and 4 are excessive effectivity cores. So, combining two of those M1 Ultra might carry 32 excessive efficiency and eight excessive effectivity cores, simply as advised within the Bloomberg report.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman echos these predictions in a May 2021 report the place he suggests the Apple silicon Mac Pro could possibly be obtainable with 20 or 40 computing cores, with 16 efficiency cores and 4 effectivity cores within the former – which sounds lots just like the M1 Ultra (Apple’s codename for this SoC is Jade 2C-Die), and 32 efficiency cores and eight effectivity cores within the latter (codename Jade 4C-Die).
Find out extra in regards to the M1-series of processors learn How the M1 Pro, Max and Ultra evaluate.
Processor: Intel possibility
Another suggestion from Gurman is that, no less than within the quick time period, Apple goes to have each Intel processors and Apple silicon obtainable within the Mac Pro. Gurman has advised that “Apple has indeed been working on an update to the Intel Mac Pro.” We assume that will be a mannequin with the present design however a sooner processor and presumably replace graphics.
According to yuuki_ans on Twitter, Apple might launch a Mac Pro that makes use of Intel Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 workstation processors in 2022. Yuuki_ans has tweeted correct leaks prior to now however doesn’t present data on how this Mac Pro suits in with Apple’s silicon technique. Brendan Shanks on Twitter has additionally noticed references to Intel’s Ice Lake processors within the Xcode 13 beta.
The Apple silicon Mac Pro will use the graphics on the SoC as a substitute of graphics playing cards by AMD, in line with Gurman. The graphics might have 64 or 128 processing cores.
Since Apple has already launched the 64-core M1 Ultra this actually appears possible, and if Apple is ready to mix two M1 Ultra we might see a 128-core GPU within the new Mac Pro.
If Apple continues to promote an Intel-based Mac Pro fashions we will assume it is going to proceed to make use of AMD graphics, however no stories have surfaced that cowl what doable upgrades are in retailer if any. Nor do we all know how lengthy Apple will proceed to promote non-Apple silicon Macs.
RAM and storage
RAM is a vital consideration for inventive execs. The M1 Max helps 64GB RAM (or unified reminiscence as Apple refers to it) and the M1 Ultra helps 128GB Unified Memory. If Apple is ready to mix two M1 Ultra we might see assist for 256GB RAM.
However, the present Intel Mac Pro provides as much as 1.5TB of DDR4 ECC reminiscence in 12 user-accessible DIMM slots, which already locations it forward of the place the brand new Mac Pro might theoretically be. But there may be one other situation which will lead execs to dismiss this machine: Apple doesn’t use typical, user-upgradable, RAM in M1-powered Macs. Instead it makes use of unified reminiscence, which is sort of totally different. This RAM isn’t simply soldered onto the motherboard on the M1 MacE-book and that iMac—it’s constructed immediately into the chip, making it sooner and extra environment friendly. There are actually advantages available, however for customers who demand customization choices there could also be a necessity to supply slots in order that the RAM may be upgraded just like the Macs of outdated. We don’t know if Apple will take such an strategy with the Mac Pro, nevertheless.
But extra doubtless is a dramatic rethinking of what a Pro desktop is. The unified reminiscence is an enormous a part of what makes the M1 Macs so quick, however tying the reminiscence to the chip would drive up the acquisition worth considerably. The Mac Pro already begins at $5,999, however in case you purchase RAM by Apple it might add as a lot as $14,000 to the worth. So if Apple doesn’t permit aftermarket reminiscence, it’s additionally more likely to restrict the build-to-order choices at checkout.
Apple at the moment provides as much as 8TB of storage within the Mac Pro, and we anticipate the storage choices to stay the identical. The ports doubtless gained’t change both, as Apple already provides 4 USB ports (two Thunderbolt 3 and two USB 3) and a pair of ehernet ports. However, the Mac Pro has eight PCIe x16-sized slots that assist many several types of PCIe playing cards, so you’ll be able to simply add extra ports. We assume Apple will permit growth slots on an M1 Mac Pro, however compatibility is a query.
2022 Mac Pro: Pro Display
When Apple launched the Mac Pro in 2019, it had an expensive companion to go together with it: a $5,000 Pro Display XDR with an elective $1,000 stand. It is feasible that Apple is engaged on an improve – which could possibly be much more costly. Read in regards to the new XDR show in our separate rumor spherical up.
Then once more the rumours a few new show may relate to the Studio Display which launched in March.