Apple’s Mac Pro is currently the only Mac that lacks Intel’s Thunderbolt capability. A report back in July suggested that the Mac Pro would receive a refresh in August which would add Thunderbolt and possibly a new CPU. Right before this report, some part numbers surfaced and were assumed to be those of the new Mac Pro. However, the part numbers belonged to new Mac mini models and Apple Thunderbolt displays instead. Since July, there have been no reports on when to expect a Mac Pro refresh, but things changed when CPU World confirmed that new Xeon E5 CPUs – those that will be installed in the new line of Mac Pros – will not be available until early next year.
In September, during Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco, new information came to light implying that Xeon E5 launch is postponed until the first quarter 2012. Indeed, according to the latest Intel roadmaps, all Xeon E5 processors are going to be delayed by one quarter.
The last update to the Mac Pro was back in July 2010, so it seemed that Apple would surely refresh the product line this year. Now it seems sure that this is not the case and Apple will most likely refresh their entire line of Macs early next year, when the Ivy Bridge CPUs are scheduled to release.