Apple is completely redesigning the Mac Pro… again

Enlarge / The 2013 Mac Pro, doomed to never be updated again. (credit: Apple)

Wonders never cease. Apple, normally secretive to a fault and allergic to talking about future products before it considers them ready, summoned a small group of journalists from outlets including TechCrunch and Mashable to its headquarters earlier this month to tell them that the Mac Pro will once again be completely redesigned. But it isn’t saying what the redesign will look like, and a new Mac Pro is not launching until sometime “next year.”

The 2013 Mac Pro was controversial right from the jump. It replaced a hulking desktop with multiple expansion slots, multiple CPU sockets, and multiple internal drive bays with a tiny shiny computer that looked more than a little like a high-end designer trash can (“can’t innovate, my ass,” a defiant Phil Schiller said when it was announced). Users could still upgrade the RAM and the SSD themselves relatively easily, but most internal expansion space was replaced with a whopping six Thunderbolt 2 ports. Brave buyers could also pop in a new CPU if they were comfortable tearing the system apart, but the machine offered only one CPU socket, and its proprietary graphics cards couldn’t be upgraded unless Apple released new versions (something it never did).

We don’t know much about the new design except that we can expect it to be a response to the old one. Apple acknowledges that the new Mac Pro design will be “modular,” which could mean anything but hopefully at least means that users will be able to swap out their own drives and GPUs if they want. The company wants to be able to “keep [the machine] fresh with regular improvements” and to make the Pro Apple’s “highest-end, high throughput desktop system.” The system will also be introduced with a new first-party external display, a business that Apple said it was leaving last year when it discontinued its Thunderbolt Display and leaned on LG to provide external screens for the new MacBook Pros.

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