As part of an on-the-record meeting with a select few journalists, Apple has announced that it is in the process of piecing together a “completely rethought” Mac Pro designed to replace the existing “trash can” cylinder introduced back in 2013.

Speaking extremely candidly about future plans, Apple’s head of marketing efforts, Phil Schiller, has confirmed that the Cupertino-based company is currently in the process of “completely rethinking the Mac Pro” with a view to a potential 2018 release, but has also announced bumped up versions of the existing Mac Pro in the meantime to keep the pro market placated.

Stepping away from the potential of new Mac Pros for a moment, the Cupertino-based company has introduced an immediate spec-bump to the existing Mac Pro machine designed to appease those who “do need to continue to buy them on the interim until we get to a newly architected system.”

That bump up sees the $2,999 Quad-Core model with dual AMD FirePro D300 GPU moved across to a 6-Core beast complete with dual D500 GPUs. If that isn’t enough machine for your money, then Apple is also bringing the existing 6-Core dual AMD FirePro D500 GPU model up to a 8-Core dual D700 GPU system.

That second high-end Mac Pro version still retails for $3,999 with no pricing change.

For those simply can’t, or won’t, bring themselves to purchase the existing model when it’s now clear that the system is going to be rearchitected, then Apple is expected to make additional announcements down the line with a potential view to releasing an entirely rethought Mac Pro with accompanying Apple-branded professional displays, potentially during 2018:

With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call “completely rethinking the Mac Pro.” We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.

Schiller confirmed that the new Mac Pro would be designed and built as a modular system in order to allow the company to continually upgrade and refresh the range with improvements and component upgrades to keep the system modern. Given the fact that the current Mac Pro was introduced back in 2013, and has basically been left to stagnate since then – apart from today’s spec-bump announcement – it would be ideal for a release during the current calendar year, which unfortunately something Schiller describes as impossible, suggesting that “it will take longer than this year to do.”

Regardless of timescales, a new Mac Pro is coming, and it will hopefully be on that lays the foundations for consistent, long-term upgrades and improvements.

(Source: Daring Fireball)

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