The today’s Mac Pro models however come with four USB 3.0 ports and the potential references that found inside the El Capitan code shows up the new Mac Pro is equipped with 10 USB Type-C 3.0 ports, boosted with specs and hardware not found in shipping machines.
Spotted by Pike’s Universum during an XHCI debugging session, which is similar to an ‘AAPLJ90,1’ model identifier, that first popped up in Mac Pro benchmark testing in 2013. A plist file hidden away in OS X references a Mac identified as “AAPLJ95,1” with a whopping 10 USB 3.0 ports. Specifically the reference was found in AppleUSBXHCIPCI.kext/Contents/Info.plist.
The whole story doesn’t clearly defined as Apple’s flagship desktop, but the designation and its listed specs were found alongside XHCI data belonging to the latest 2015 iMac leading the publication to believe Apple is referencing a new Mac Pro model.
Currently the Mac Pro has 4 USB ports and 6 Thunderbolt ports, and the higher number of USB ports rules out the MackBook Pro and Mac Mini. Perhaps Apple plans to switch away from Thunderbolt to USB is a”?”.
Designed Mac Pro as a professional workstation to meet demands of power users who need not only raw processing power, but nevertheless highly flexible connectivity options. The addition of six USB 3.0 ports would be a switch away from the 20GB/s Thunderbolt 2 protocol, as existing Mac Pro models come with three controllers powering six inputs.
Refresh has to be seen very soon, as Apple has not updated Mac Pro since launching the desktop nearly two years ago, and now suggesting that the product is ripe for an upgrade. It’s also said that the refreshed Mac Pro version will likely come with new Intel Xeon processors, faster graphics card offerings and upgraded RAM.