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To replace the Mac Pro trashcan, Apple gave the Mac Pro a huge update in 2019 with the return of the tower design – and alongside this device came the Pro Display XDR. Soon, Apple will be updating the Mac Pro for 2022, and we have two models to discuss.
First released in the Steve Jobs era as the PowerMac, it was one of Apple’s most influential products to date. Then there was the PowerMac G4 Cube; this was a stunning design change at the time. The G4 cube was half the size of the original PowerMac G4 and, when revealed, received a lot of praise for its innovations. It was ½ the size of the regular G4, looked like it was from the future, and was something pros wanted right then and there. Although I don’t think the PowerPC G4 chip was suitable for that size, but now Apple’s M1 is.
Mac Pro Cube with M1 Pro Max
Apple Silicon in the next Mac Pro will be the most powerful and even more capable than the M1 Pro or M1 Max. The M1 Pro Max (could be M2 Pro Max by 2022, and it may be revealed at WWDC 2022) will come with a 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU option, and a 40-core CPU, 128-core GPU option for the most demanding professionals. These chips will certainly blow Intel Xeons out of the water.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new Mac Pro Cube will look similar to the PowerMac G4 cube but would resemble a G4 Cube mixed with the current cheese grater design. Jon Prosser says it “looks like three or four Mac minis on top of each other.” This shows how Apple is returning to its roots by bringing back some classic things from the Steve Jobs era.
Updating the Current Intel Mac Pro
For those of you who like the upgradability of the current Mac Pro, Apple will keep it in the lineup. It will receive updated internals from Intel and stick around for a while before Apple eventually gets rid of it.
Apple’s current Intel tower has the cheese grater design and is available with the Intel Xeon W 3.5GHz with 8 cores and 16 threads with turbo boosts of up to 4.0GHz, and the Intel Zeon W 3.3GHz with 12 cores and 24 threads, among many others. AMD graphics are offered, and you can add more RAM, and whatever else – it’s the ultimate upgrade machine.
New Apple Displays
Rumors have also been saying new consumer displays are on the way. That would be great, as the current Pro Display XDR is not for the typical consumer, not to mention Apple recently discontinued the LG displays it previously sold. Now, this is speculation on my part – the Pro Display XDR is 32″ so we could get a new 30″ display (the rumored size of iMac Pro with M1 Pro or M1 Max), and maybe a 26″ version (a little larger than the iMac 24″ M1). We will have to wait and see what happens.
Are you ready for this new Mac Pro? Let us know if so.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]