Apple’s redesigned Mac Pro for professionals will arrive in 2019. The news about Apple working on a redesigned Mac Pro with powerful and refreshed internals and a modular design first broke in April last year.
Back then, it was believed that we could see the Mac Pro released in 2018. However, in an update to TechCrunch‘s Matthew Panzarino who was visiting Apple’s campus, the company confirmed that the revamped Mac Pro will not release before 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.”
Apple is being transparent about this whole thing as it does not want pro users and institutions to be in two minds while pulling the trigger on the iMac Pro. Many people have likely pushed back their purchase of the iMac Pro in anticipation of the new Mac Pro release this year. However, the delay means that they can very well go ahead and buy the iMac Pro for their needs. While not modular in nature, the iMac Pro is also aimed at professionals and can be customized with up to 18-core Xeon processor and 128GB of RAM.
In order to better serve its pro customers and better meet their needs, Apple now has a dedicated team for its pro products. This team is called the Pro Workflow Team and is headed by John Ternus. Since pro users have a very diverse workflow, Apple has been hiring award-winning artists to better understand their workflow and optimize their software and hardware offerings according to their needs. A noteworthy example given by John Ternus highlights how the team solves even the most basic issues that can have a bigger overall impact.
“These aren’t necessarily always fundamental performance issues,” notes Ternus. “These aren’t things that you’d find in a benchmark or an automated test flow. You know we have examples where we find something like it’s…a window that a 3D animator uses frequently to make some fine fine tweaks. The windows are not super graphically intensive in terms of processing and stewing but we have found an issue where that window was taking like 6 to 10 seconds to open and they’re doing that 100 times a day, right? Like ‘I can’t work on a machine like this, It’s too slow’ so we dig in and we figure out what it was.
“In that case we found something in the graphics driver was not right, and once you know where to look and you fix it, it completely changes the kind of live-on-ability for that system — the productivity for that user completely changed.”
Ternus also says that while the team is still committed to a modular Mac Pro, the final shape of that modularity might be very different from what others are expecting. While many might be hoping that Apple allows for easy upgradability of GPUs, it is possible that we will see Apple recommend users to go the eGPU route on their new Mac Pro.
Apple is unlikely to talk about the Mac Pro again this year. With the product scheduled for a release timeframe of 2019, you should now expect the company to provide more details about it next year only.