Upcoming Apple Silicone Mac Pro To Retain 2019 Design, No User Upgradeable RAM

Apple’s Mac Pro remains the only machine that hasn’t had an upgrade to Apple silicon yet, remaining on sale with Intel chips inside.

That’s expected to change this year, but a new report suggests that Apple is going to let buyers down in one key area.

Writing in his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that the new Mac Pro will not allow users to upgrade the RAM — a key feature of the existing Mac Pro and something that has long differentiated it from the company’s other Macs. The move comes because the M2 chips that the Mac Pro will use, come with RAM built in, meaning it can’t be upgraded.

In another disappointment, the new Mac Pro will look identical to the 2019 model. It will also lack one key feature from the Intel version: user-upgradeable RAM. That’s because the memory is tied directly to the M2 Ultra’s motherboard. Still, there are two SSD storage slots and [slots] for graphics, media, and networking cards.

Gurman also says that the new Mac Pro will look exactly the same as the old one, although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Mac Pro is already a solid design and offers plenty of space for those expansion cards. It’s just a shame that upgradable RAM won’t be part of the equation.

There’s still no firm release window for when Apple will release the new Mac Pro, but it was rumored to arrive last year before missing that window.

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