Apple’s long-awaited update to the 2013 Mac Pro seems to won’t be released until sometime next year. According to a recent report, originated from an internal trip to Apple’s campus, the company is looking to introduce its revamped 2018 modular Mac Pro to the world during the course of 2019. Now, we have confirmation that the product is arriving next year after some speculation that it could make an appearance this year at a fall hardware event typically reserved for MacBook announcements.
Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac hardware product marketing, told TechCrunch. “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“. Part of Apple’s reasoning, the release of the Mac Pro necessarily affects the rest of its pro-focused product line, as TechCrunch points out.
Many analysts and industry professionals had previously predicted that the new Mac Pro has a substantial crossover with the consumer that might purchase the updated Mac Pro, which would arrive during 2018 but Panzarino appears to have been told that the machine isn’t ready and will definitely not be releasing this year as originally anticipated.
So the company wants to give some timeline clarity to help those pro users better grasp where the products stand in the pipeline. “We know that there’s a lot of customers today that are making purchase decisions on the iMac Pro and whether or not they should wait for the Mac Pro,” Boger added.
There’s a lot of things we still don’t know about the device. First of all, we’re unsure what shape it will take. The trashan-style design of the Mac Pro was divisive, yet it was an integral design decision from Apple to enable a more modular setup with easier access to core components like memory and graphics advancements.
In fact, Apple has also created an all-new internal team, called the Pro Workflow Team, in charge of bringing Mac Pro up to scratch, led by John Ternus, is clearly focused and determined to bring an excellent product to market, and this open communication will be appreciated by those who would rather wait (or maybe just get iMac Pro?) for the product to be just right.
The team dedicated to coordinating efforts across the company’s hardware and software batch to better ensure the end product meets the needs of core target audience. Otherwise, Apple needs Final Cut Pro to run well on the new Mac Pro, so the Pro Workflow Team helps keep those tow projects closely aligned. And the team is also tasked with interacting directly with pro consumers and the communities of workers who use Apple hardware and software across graphic design, film editing, animation, and other industries.
Unfortunately, whilst the internal meeting has definitely shed some light on when we might see Mac Pro hit digital and physical shelves, but it didn’t provide any detail on what that hardware might look like from a physical product perspective, or just what the available specifications might be.
So we won’t probably hear more about the new Mac Pro until much later this year, and even then facet are likely to be sparse. We’re all looking forward to what Apple has in store for us, let’s hope the associated price-tag is bearable. But the overhaul of Apple’s most performant desktop Mac involves just a little more waiting.
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