Even the new Mac Pro's cheese-grater-like air vents look like more of an iteration than a complete rethinking of those found in the earlier computers. In other words, to finally bring its flagship Mac into the future, Apple went back to its past, tacitly admitting that its last design was a complete and utter dead end.
The admission has been a long time coming. When Apple unveiled the trash-can Mac Pro at its developer conference six years ago , Phil Schiller, the company's head of marketing, touted it as a prime example of how the company could still make breakthrough products despite a growing chorus of criticism that the iPhone maker was simply riding on its past success.
But the design eventually lost its luster. Year after year, Apple failed to update the computer.
The model got long in the tooth — and then even longer in the tooth. More than two years ago, company officials admitted in a meeting with a select number of journalists that they'd made an error with the design and said they were working on a new model. Initially, they said it would be out last year, then pushed that back to this year. Apple is finally replacing the trash-can-shaped Mac Pro. They didn't give any sense of how different the new one would be or what direction they'd head in with the design.
So it wasn't certain how big a mistake they thought they'd made. With the new Mac Pro, Apple is seeking to address the biggest problem with the trash-can model — its lack of expandability.
Owners of the new model will be able to easily open the computer's case and add in or swap out components. The trash can model was built much like other Apple products — it was basically designed so that users couldn't get at its innards. Just like Apple designed the iPhone so that replacing the battery is difficult, it made the Mac Pro in such a way that users found it difficult to impossible to swap out its components.
Instead, the company expected users to upgrade their Mac Pros by plugging in new hardware and accessories through the computers' high-speed Thunderbolt ports. But that wasn't a great solution for the kinds of users that owned Mac Pros. Video producers and game designers need to be able to swap out graphics cards, augment their computers' memory, add bigger drives, and more in order to keep up with the increasingly data-intensive applications and content they work with.
As one small example, editing a 4K movie — not to mention an 8K one — generally requires a lot more graphics processing power and memory than editing a regular high-definition one. Because of the way the Mac Pro was designed, though, video editors that used Mac Pros couldn't easily upgrade the computers' components. And they couldn't buy a new one because Apple itself hadn't upgraded it. The new Mac Pro looks a lot like the pre-trash-can Mac Pros, like this one.
Apple That fact is probably the most damning thing about that old design. It was so confining that Apple itself seems to have found it impossible to upgrade the computer.
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Instead, it abandoned the whole shape and went back to something that was tried and true. If you're an Apple fan, that's actually a hopeful sign.
For years, the company has staked its reputation on offering cutting-edge designs, repeatedly remaking the look and feel of its devices. That philosophy has often served the company well. Apple says the lattice pattern maximizes airflow and allows for quiet performance.
That's four Vega GPUs total. Apple will manufacture the Mac Pro in Texas after receiving tariff exemptions from the United States. Production on the machine is set to begin soon at the same Austin facility where Apple manufactured the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro will be equipped with components designed, developed, and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies, with suppliers in states that include Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont.
Apple has not provided an official release date, but the machine did recently receive FCC approval , which also hints at a launch in the near future. Note: See an error in this roundup or want to offer feedback? Send us an email here. Apple's new Mac Pro features an entirely new design that's modern, but also harkens back to older Mac Pro models. Learning from past lessons, Apple built the new Mac Pro to be modular, upgradeable, customizable, and able to handle some of the highest-end components available on the market.
It uses a traditional tower-style design, but with an Apple flare. Apple says that the Mac Pro was built to change with a person's needs, and it starts with a stainless steel frame that supports the overall system and offers mounting points for the interior components. Apple designed the Mac Pro so that when the aluminum housing is removed, complete access to the system is available. Apple made the logic board dual sided to make it simple to add and remove components to the Mac Pro.
The processor, graphics, and expansion are located on one side, while the storage and memory are on the other. The Mac Pro uses high-end components that draw a lot of power, so Apple built the machine with an impressive thermal architecture. There are three impeller fans that push air across the CPU and GPU, and on the opposite side, there's a blower to pull air across the memory, storage, and through the power supply, venting it out of the back.
Covering the Mac Pro is an aluminum housing that Apple designed to be more than just a decorative shell.
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It acts as a seal for the internal cavity, and paired with the fans and blower, it helps maintain the air pressure that keeps the Mac Pro cool. With this system, the Mac Pro operates quietly, and Apple says it's even quieter than the iMac Pro when placed under a desk. The aluminum housing is covered with a lattice pattern of three-dimensional interlocking hemispheres, which Apple based on a naturally occurring phenomenon in molecular crystal structures.
The lattice pattern increases the surface area of the Mac Pro's enclosure, which optimizes the airflow while also providing a rigid structure. Around the processor, a massive heat sink keeps everything cool, and heat pipes direct air away from the chip. Stainless steel handles at the top make removing the housing easy to get to the internals. Apple designed the handles to be part of the frame, so the Mac Pro is stable when lifted or moved. The top of the Mac Pro houses a twist latch that secures the enclosure to the frame, and there's a power button and two Thunderbolt 3 ports for easy access.
There are optional wheels that can be added to the Mac Pro to make it easy to transport from one location to another. The Mac Pro measures in at With its optional wheels, it's a total of The Mac Pro weighs in at The Mac Pro features the most powerful components Apple has ever put into a Mac, and the design of the device makes it customizable and upgradeable to meet every pro user's needs. Alternatively, MPX bay 1 supports one full-length, double-wide x16 gen 3 slot and one full-length double-wide x8 gen 3 slot. MPX bay 2 supports two full-length double-wide x16 gen 3 slots.
Both offer up to W auxiliary power through two 8-pin connectors. The base version of the Mac Pro comes with the 8-core chip, with the other chips available as optional upgrades for an additional cost. The Mac Pro features a T2 Security Chip that makes sure that the lowest levels of software aren't tampered with and that only macOS loads at startup. There's a Secure Enclave that provides encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities.
The Mac Pro supports up to 1. Apple's 8-core processor operates at MHz, while the core to core processors operate memory at MHz. All Mac Pro storage is encrypted with the T2 chip.