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Mac Pro 2018 Release Date, Price, Features, Tech Specs & Rumors

The Mac Pro 2018 will be the most powerful Mac Pro ever released by Apple. Mac Pro 2018 has gathered much hype when it comes to AR and VR technology. Recently Apple has announced that the company is rethinking on the technology and major aspects of the desktop system. Apple wanted its upcoming computer more powerful, bold and different from its preceding systems. In the long term, Apple has announced a completely redesigned Mac Pro – although this won’t appear until 2018 at the earliest.

Mac Pro 2018 Release Date

 

We will not see the new Mac Pro until 2018, according to Apple and some analysts, and it could take even longer according to the expert sources. Analysts discuss of whether Apple will turn its back on the Mac, with the iPhone and iPad becoming such a big part of its business and also the new powerful iMac Pro coming out this September.

The current Mac Pro was unveiled at WWDC 2013. That’s more than four years ago. It’s about time, then, for an update and the fans are excited of its AR and VR capabilities that are rumored to be.

Mac Pro 2018 Price

 

These are the current price options for the Mac Pro 2017

In April 2017 Apple updated the Mac Pro range with new configuration pricing. For $2,999/£2,999 you will now get a 6-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs and 16GB of memory, and for $3,999/£3,899, you will now get an 8-core processor and dual D700 GPUs. The Mac Pro 2018 will be in the same price range unless Apple adds some more features rather than upgrading the 2017 one.

Mac Pro 2018 Design Features

 

One of the details to take out of the April interview is that the 2018 Mac Pro will have a modular design, making it easier for users to change components depending on their needs, and for Apple to introduce new hardware to the product line. We don’t know yet how modular the Mac Pro 2018 will be.

Apple revealed that it was the unique triangular design of the Mac Pro’s thermal core that proved to be the limiting factor in offering updates to the Mac Pro this seems likely to change in the new model.

Mac Pro 2018

Img: Mac Pro 2017

Apple software chief Craig Federighi said about the thermal issues:

We designed a system with the kind of GPUs that at the time we thought we needed, and that we thought we could well serve with a two GPU architecture.  That that was the thermal limit we needed, or the thermal capacity we needed. But workloads didn’t materialize to fit that as broadly as we hoped.”

By switching to a more modular design, it could allow for a greater variety of options for pro users to select from when constructing their Mac Pro, possibly including the option to reduce the number of GPUs down to one, if that is what the user requires.

Mac Pro 2 Concept By Pascal Eggert

Mac Pro 2018 Technical Features and Specs

 

What Processor will the Mac Pro 2018 have?

 

There’s still a lot of time until Apple unveils the 2018 Mac Pro, there are some strong rumors about what the internal components will be.

The processors in the current Mac Pro are configurable up to 3.5GHz for a six-core option, 3.0GHz for an 8-core option, and 2.7GHz for a 12-core option. Apple might add a slight boost, but we could equally see the same clock speeds, with the processors themselves being faster.

The 2013 Mac Pro features Intel’s Xeon E5 V2 processors (code-named Romley) offering up to 12 cores (as a build-to-order option). Back in September 2014 new Xeon E5 V3 chips (code-named Grantley) started shipping – bringing the Haswell architecture to pro workstations. At the time we thought the processor would soon make their way to the Mac Pro, but no upgrade emerged.

It is likely Apple will continue to use an Intel processor in the Mac Pro, continuing from its existing usage of Xeon CPUs in the current models. Rumors have suggested the “pro” iMac due in the second half of 2017 will use the Xeon E3-1285 processor, but considering it is a quad-core chip and that current Mac Pro models start with six core versions, it is probably the 2018 Mac Pro will use something more powerful with more cores.

The 2013 Mac Pro features Intel’s Xeon E5 V2 processors (code-named Romley) offering up to 12 cores (as a build-to-order option). Back in September 2014 new Xeon E5 V3 chips (code-named Grantley) started shipping – bringing the Haswell architecture to pro workstations. At the time we thought the processor would soon make their way to the Mac Pro, but no upgrade emerged.

Those Intel Xeon E5 V3 chips were being used in Dell’s new Xeon Precision Tower (5810, 7810 and 7910) – find out more on Dell’s website. These Dell workstations use the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor series featuring either 14 or 18 cores per processor. It is possible that the new Mac Pro will offer an option of 14 or 18 cores.

Another idea, although somewhat crazy, is that Apple could abandon Intel chips altogether and move to AMD. AMD has launched RYZEN 7 CPUs that “promise more computing muscle per watt than Intel” and the new AMD RYZEN 7 1800X just set a new world record score for Cinebench, a respected CPU performance benchmark.

Sources state that the new RYZEN 7 chip lineup roughly competes with Intel’s i7 line including the i7-6900K, i7-6800K, and i7-7700K. Perhaps more at home in an iMac then.

 

How much RAM will the Mac Pro 2018 have?

 

The current models offer 12GB RAM in the Quad-Core model and 16GB in the 6-Core model as standard. You can add 32GB RAM at the point of purchase for £360, or a massive 64GB RAM for £1,08064GB RAM might sound like a lot, but some workstations can accommodate up to 1TB of DDR4 RAM. It’s rumored that the next generation of Mac Pros will be configurable to more than 64GB RAM.

 

How much storage will the 2018 Mac Pro have?

 

Apple has installed on the current Mac Pro  256GB PCIe based flash storage as standard in both standard options, with an option to add 512GB SSD for £180 or 1TB SSD for £540. It’s highly possible to see more storage as standard on the Mac Pro 2018.

 

What Graphics will the 2018 Mac Pro have?

 

The 2013 Mac Pro features dual workstation-class GPUs. The Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each in the Quad-Core version, and Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each in the 6-Core model. There’s also a build-to-order option of the Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM each for £540.

On the new Mac Pro 2018 we might find The AMD FirePro W7100, W5100 although AMD showcased new its FirePro W-series at Siggraph in August 2014, so they may be a little dated now.

 

 

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