Apple is considering giving a preview of its upcoming modular Mac Pro at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, according to a new report.
That particular tidbit was buried in a Bloomberg report that was otherwise focused on a rumored combined App Store for Mac and iOS apps (an extension of Apple’s Project Marzipan). Along with the software details, sources familiar with Apple’s plans told Bloomberg about the potential Mac Pro tease at WWDC ’19.
According to a past rumor, WWDC ’19 will likely take place from June 3 to 7 this year at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Presumably, the keynote will kick off the first day of the conference.
Of course, while Bloomberg noted that Apple has “internally weighed” the preview, it didn’t say conclusively whether the Mac Pro would actually be teased at the conference or not.
Last year, WWDC was all about software. But Apple has debuted hardware products at the event in the past, so it could do so this year.
Even then, we’re not sure when the Mac Pro will actually ship. The use of the term “preview” suggests that a Mac Pro’s appearance at WWDC might be separate from its official unveiling and release date announcement. We do know that it’s coming this year, however — barring any potential delays.
The high-end Mac Pro has been in the works for a few years. It’s reportedly going to be a high-throughput and incredibly powerful system that will be easily upgradable by users.
Apple executives have previously said that the company is “completely rethinking” the Mac Pro and is committed to making it a professional-level computer that will be able to handle the rigors of virtual reality and cinema production.
The Cupertino tech giant has even gone so far as to create a “Pro Workflow Team” to help customize the upcoming Mac Pro to the needs of the pro community.
While we don’t have many details on the Mac Pro’s specifications or design quite yet, we do know that Apple is developing an all-new pro computer display to go along with it.
This week, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the Apple-branded computer monitor will be a 31.6-inch display with 6K resolution and “outstanding picture quality” by way of a new Mini LED-like backlight design.
Along with the Mac Pro, Apple is also rumored to be working on a new MacBook Pro design — which could include a model with a 16.5-inch display. A refresh of the 12-inch MacBook and the iMac lineup are also likely this year.
No matter when we see it, a refresh of the Mac Pro is a long time coming. The desktop computer in its current design iteration was released back in 2013, though Apple gave it a minor spec bump in 2017.