Mac Pro is the only Mac left that has not been upgraded this year. The last Mac Pro update is August 2010. One reason cited for the delay is the lack of a suitable Sandy Bridge Xeon Intel processor, which is said to debut only in earlier 2012. There is also wild speculation at the moment of Apple “rethinking” their Mac Pro line.
Desktop Mac currently consists of Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro. With desktop range of Mac declining in sales in favor of notebook Mac, there is a possibility that Apple might cancel it’s Mac Pro line, in the footstep of Xserve server line which was canceled end January this year. The truth is, Mac Pro is a very niche workstation class of computer, its sales number might not justify its attention for resource inside Apple.
We are hoping Apple will keep the Mac Pro line, with a brand new case design. A case that is smaller than the current one, and is convertible to be rack-mountable. But we see Apple shifting to be more and more focus on the consumer market, and will not be surprised if the end of Mac Pro is announced.
This is a rumor roundup of what can we expect from Apple next week:
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
A Gold Master (GM) build of Mac OS X Lion is delivered to Apple developers July 1 and Apple has publicly mentioned that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will release in July. Apple has also started accepting Lion apps into its Mac App Store starting this week July 13, suggesting a public release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is very near.
LED Cinema Display
Picture of a MacBook Pro connected to two LED Cinema Displays daisy-chained via Thunderbolt suggested great possibility of a refresh of LED Cinema Displays sporting Thunderbolt connectors.
The last Mac Pro refresh happened on August 2010. It’s about time for a refresh as the current Mac Pro is sporting the last generation Intel CPUs and lacks the high speed Thunderbolt ports expected in high-end Macs. All signs point to a debut of new Mac Pro together with Thunderbolt equipped LED Cinema Display.
There has been rumors of a MacBook Air refresh ever since Intel debut its Sandy Bridge processor beginning this year. The last AirBook Air refresh was October 2010. Many expect the new MacBook Air to sport the latest Sandy Bridge processor, bigger RAM and disk, Thunderbolt port and backlit keyboard.
Shortly after announcing it is axing the rack-mountable Xserve server come January 31, 2011, Apple introduced a server option for its Mac Pro lineup. This is the second Mac that has the server option after Apple introduced Mac Mini Server in late 2009.
Mac Pro has long been the powerhouse workstation of choice, the server option starting at $2,999 is equipped with a single 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Nehalem” processor, 8G of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a pair of 1TB (7200RPM) hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, and a copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server with unlimited client license.
Select your Mac Pro.
Apple revamped its entire desktop line on Tuesday, without any fanfare san any press event unlike previous launches of such magnitude. We summarize the essential below. Visit apple.com for more details.
- Mac mini: Two new Mac mini models with 2.0GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrateg graphics used in MacBooks. The graphcs is now 5 times better and it comes with Mini DisplayPort. It is bundled with the new iLife 09 and it uses only 13watts of power when idle.
- iMac: iMac is refreshed with one 20-inch model and 3 other 24-inch models. Pricing for one 24-inch model is the same as last generation 20-inch model. The 20-inch model comes with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. For 24-inch model, you can opt for other graphics solution such as NVIDIA GeForce GT120, NVIDIA GeForce GT130 or ATI Radeon HD 4850.
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