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February 6, 2013, 2:48 pm
Apple declined to comment on France Systèmes claims, instead pointing to Cook's previous comments that a new model would come "later" in the year.
Apple maintains Tim Cook's previous comments on a Mac Pro refresh.
by Chris Foresman- Feb 6 2013, 11:45am EST
Apple has long been coy about its plans to replace its languishing Mac Pro workstation, which it plans to stop selling in the EU March 1 due to regulatory changes. However, the company has reportedly been a little more up-front with some of its European resellers. One such reseller, France Systèmes, now claims that Apple plans to have a Mac Pro replacement ready to ship within months.
According to an e-mail newsletter republished by Mac4Ever, Apple supposedly told France Systèmes that a "new range of Mac Pro will be released in Spring 2013." Spring is still rather vague; it generally begins around March 21 and ends June 21, though this year it runs from March 20 to June 20, according to the Farmer's Almanac. Still, that gives potential customers a better idea of a time frame for planning than "later this year."
The existing Mac Pro hasn't been significantly upgraded since 2010, and it uses a ten-year-old tower design that first debuted with the Power Mac G5 in 2003. While pro users were left wondering if Apple might abandon the Mac Pro altogether, some have moved to high-end Windows workstations. When an updated Mac Pro didn't materialize as expected last year, however, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured some users via e-mail that Apple had "something really great" planned for 2013.
Those worries came to the fore once again when Apple recently told its European reseller partners that it would stop shipments of the existing Mac Pro beginning March 1. This was because the existing tower design doesn't meet new EU safety regulations for computers and electronics, specifically related to its fan and electrical port.
We speculated last week that Apple may have had a more radical redesign for the Mac Pro planned that depended on newer, lower-power Xeon processors. However, Intel has delayed their release compared to its original roadmap, which could be a factor in the new Mac Pro's delay.
We believe Apple could announce a new Mac Pro (or some suitable replacement) during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Last year the event was held from June 11–15, so Apple could sneak in an introduction at WWDC and still fall within "springtime." A June introduction also coincides roughly with the time Intel is expected to introduce new server-class processors that use its latest 22nm 3D transistor process.
When asked on Wednesday about its Mac Pro launch plans, Apple declined to comment on France Systèmes claims, instead pointing to Cook's previous comments that a new model would come "later" in the year.
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December 18, 2013, 6:52 am
"Apple announced availability of the new Mac Pro on Wednesday, boasting that the redesigned desktop will sport the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, and ultra-fast ECC memory. The launch less than a week before Christmas means Apple will meet its self-imposed December deadline, announced by the company in October, when it also announced pricing for the professional-grade machine..."
February 10, 2013, 5:09 pm
This year Intel's 'Brickland' platform is to arrive, starting with Ivy Bridge-EX and continuing on to Haswell-EX and later Broadwell-EX server CPUs.
February 6, 2013, 9:58 am
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