“In late 2013, Apple updated the Mac Pro,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “The refreshed system offered substantial performance improvements over the prior-generation model as a result of much newer internals as well as a completely revamped and a novel industrial design.”

MacDailyNews Take: It was completely new. The words “updated” and “refreshed” do the Mac Pro an injustice. Apple completely reinvented the workstation.

“The late 2013 Mac Pro uses Intel’s Xeon E5 v2 processor family, also known as Ivy Bridge-EP. When the current Mac Pro launched, these were Intel’s most powerful workstation processors,” Eassa writes. “About a year later, Intel launched its Xeon E5 v3 processor family, known as Haswell-EP. These chips are built on the same 22-nanometer manufacturing technology that the Xeon E5 v2 chips are, but the chips include enhanced CPU cores and more of them.”

Apple's revolutionary Mac Pro

Apple’s revolutionary Mac Pro

 
“This leads me to believe that Apple plans to update its Mac Pro lineup whenever Intel moves to a new manufacturing technology (‘ticks’ in Intel’s ‘tick-tock’ cadence), skipping the architectural updates on a given manufacturing technology,” Eassa writes. “If true, this means a new Mac Pro is coming early next year… The current Mac Pro can be configured to include processors starting with four CPU cores going all the way up to 12 CPU cores. Broadwell-EP is expected to come in configurations sporting up to 22 CPU cores, which opens the door for substantial processor improvements at all Mac Pro price points. ”

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MacDailyNews Take: No brainer. The only question is: Will Apple actually offer Mac Pro models with up to 22 cores?

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