The Mac Pro line is the most powerful line of computers Apple offers. Designed as professional workstations, the Mac Pro line is often used by professional video editors and other specialists who need extreme levels of performance.
The high-end computers are extremely powerful, and extremely expensive – a Mac Pro with maxed out specs will run consumers almost $10,000. However, the Mac Pro line hasn’t seen a refresh since 2013, when Apple introduced the dramatically redesigned second generation of the machine. According to code hidden in the latest OS X El Capitan, Apple may be looking to introduce a third generation of the line sooner rather than later.
2015 has been a big year for Apple, for sure. This year has seen the release of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPad Pro, and the new Apple TV among other releases. According to code spotted by self-proclaimed “avid Apple fan” Pike’s Universum, a new and more powerful Mac Pro may be on the way.
During a debugging session, Pike found code in OS X El Capitan that referenced a Mac machine with a new identifier, AAPLJ95,1. While the new identifier points to a new machine, what tipped Pike off that the unit may be a new Mac Pro is the sheer number of USB 3.0 ports – the new machine will reportedly support an incredible 10 USB 3.0 ports. Also according to Pike, “the fact that there is already support for newer graphics chips baked into El Capitan… is why I think that it was added for a new Mac Pro.”
The existing Mac Pro was first introduced in 2013, and the specs are still impressive by today’s standards. A topped-out machine features a 2.7GHz 12-core processor, 64GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB of flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro graphics processors. An upgraded, more powerful machine would be truly impressive – it is, however, only speculation at this point. Apple has not released any comment on the findings.