John Gruber was invited to Apple’s campus, alongside a handful of other journalists, to discuss the future of Apple’s pro offerings. Here’s the key takeaway:
Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis. They’re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them.
The new Mac Pro and displays won’t be available until next year. But, in the meantime, they’re updating the configurations on the Mac Pro to offer more performance for your money.
It’s terribly disappointing that professional users, who need these machines to do their work, have to wait another year before they can get their hands on them. But it shows a great deal of integrity on the part of Apple that they were willing to break from tradition and reveal their plans before they had products to show.
This is not how Apple typically announces products, but it was necessary for them to show the community that they haven’t just been sitting on their hands. This was the right thing to do.
My only wish is that someone would have gone on the record about the future of the Mac Mini — another machine used for niche applications that’s sorely in need of an update.