If Apple wants them, new Mac Pro models now possible with Intel’s new Xeon E5 chips next week

“The Inquirer reports that Intel’s Sandy Bridge E server chips, also known as the Xeon E5 series, are set to debut week. According to the report, the chips have been in the distribution channel for several weeks now, meaning that manufacturers utilizing the chips, as Apple would be expected to do in an updated Mac Pro, will be able to hit the ground running,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.

“Benchmarks are evidently still under embargo until next week, but the Xeon E5 chips will undoubtedly be a vast improvement over the chips found in the current Mac Pro, which hasn’t been updated since mid-2010,” Slivka reports. “Apple is likely to take advantage of the E5-2600 series 6-core and 8-core chips for its dual-processor Mac Pro configurations, while focusing on the E5-1600 series quad-core and 6-core chips for its lower-end single-processor models.”

Slivka reports, “An update to the Mac Pro is of course also contingent upon Apple deciding that it is worth keeping the line alive. The company late last year was reportedly “questioning” the future of the Mac Pro line.”

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        1. You’re talking about a smaller version of a Mac Pro that “sits” on the desktop, not an iMac, where the entire computer floats neatly behind the display. I would welcome a smaller cheaper “mini- Mac Pro,” but that’s NOT an “iMac with a XEON processors.” 🙂

  1. I am ready to buy. Been without a workhorse since my DP G5 PowerMac finally died last October, after 7 years of faithful service.

    Come on AAPL – let’s get busy!

  2. +1.

    I’ve been waiting for this since the (first) rumor indicated it’d be last August. I need the Pro. I hope Apple comes out with new models, but at the least I hope they have the courtesy to formally announce the end of production if not. There is precedence for that, at least.

  3. Apple needs some sort of viable server. Without the x-serve Pros are the only option, albeit a crappy one form factor wise. The whole argument of “we don’t sell enough of them” is crap. How many laptops and other computers are typically purchased because of a apple backend? 100? 200? And before anyone says mac mini, you don’t get it and never will…

    1. Red Hat or Suse.

      Mac Server is not needed for enterprise computing and the Lion version is a turd. Even Apple uses other brand servers for their stuff.

  4. The Mac Pro is wanted and needed. Apple should not discontinue any of their high-end gear without plenty of warning and a solid exit strategy.

    Besides, I don’t get it—it’s not like they’d need to save money by closing out low-margin items. They have more money than God.

    If they dare pull the plug on the Pro, I’ll…I’ll…stamp my foot!

  5. 1-I really don’t care if it’s a Xeon or an i7, just a current refresh to the Mac Pro and PLEASE, no AMD/ATi graphics.

    2-FW 800 & USB 3, please. Spare me the marketing talk about Thunderbolt which is mostly vaporware.

    3-An HDMI out would also be nice.

    1. Thunderbolt is not “vaporware” because it actually exists. I have a TB port on my MBA, for instance. You can attach FW800 to it via an adapter.

      If you are referring to TB peripherals, then it is true that there are not very many currently available. But that will change soon, just as USB grew much more popular after Apple released the original iMac (CRT) without legacy serial/parallel ports. I believe that I saw a TB hub somewhere with several different ports on it. That might be what you need.

        1. Exactly,

          1- First I have 5 internal HDs (4 bays and 2nd optical bay) and do not want a desk littered with external HD’s cables, adapters, power supplies, etc.
          2- Some of us like being able to upgrade our computer easily. Try upgrading your graphics card on a MacBook Pro/Air, iMac or Mac mini.
          3- I have a freaking drawer full of legacy Apple proprietary display adapters/connectors because Steve Jobs’ bets on technology and desire to lock in his customers didn’t always pan out. Not many Apple display adapter equipped monitors anymore, right?

          Thunderbolt is another dead in the water bet that will crap out. The PC market has become a commodity business and there is not much of a consumer market for overpriced Thunderbolt connectors/adapters.

          1. As devil’s advocate,

            “Some of us like being able to upgrade our computer easily. Try upgrading your graphics card on a MacBook Pro/Air, iMac or Mac mini.”

            Try easily updating the GPU in a MacPro. What are you going to upgrade it with? There are no modern upgrades available for the Mac. If you want to upgrade it you must go the rough of flashing custom rome on specific PC GPUs to get them to work in your Mac. Hardly “easy for the masses.

          2. Listen, I have no problem with your desire for a Mac Pro. I have stated my strong support for the continuation of the Mac Pro a number of times in this forum. That is not in dispute.

            I merely pointed out that your statement regarding TB as “vaporware” was inaccurate, and that more TB peripherals would be available in the near future. I happen to believe that a bidirectional 10Gbps digital interface is a very good thing, and I am reasonable enough to understand that the transition will take a little while and will involve some pain and a few adapters. Such is life. Progress involves some pain.

            If you want to debate what I actually said, then fine. But don’t jump on me with your repetitive posts like I am the enemy. I have been a loyal Apple fan since around 1980 when I got an Apple II+, and I will not quietly tolerate disrespect from you on this forum. Control yourself.

            1. Other than a display or a RAID cabinet I have seen nothing that uses this connector. I’m all for out of the box thinking, but not being different for the simple sake of being different. Like I have posted, I have a museum of Apple adapters that have no use as they were all Apple only and have been retired. I see Thunderbolt as the latest of that long line.

              Like you, my history with Apple goes back to the Apple II- writing code on Apples, Commodore PETs and TRS-80s in a Freshman Comp Sci class. We have come a long way from Cassette Tape storage, indeed.

              I wasn’t disrespectful, or at least didn’t intend to be.

              Apple seems consumed with the mass consumer market, which is moving away from wired devices and local storage. It’s not my choice and I have my doubts the ISPs want the extra load on their networks. I’ll take local storage over the cloud any day.

  6. Like hell Apple doesn’t need a Mac Pro in its line up. My 2007 Mac Pro, a faithful servant, is nearly in need of an update and there are still plenty of professional video and graphics people out there who need them. To ignore that market just for the prestige alone is nuts. Especially if you have $100 billion in the bank and spending a fraction of that to keep your pro users happy seems an easy choice. The only question should be how fantastic will it be?

    1. Agreed. I said it before, and I will say it again.

      Apple, support your pro users with cutting edge hardware!! In the 1990s Apple made a big deal about how their PPC workstations were “supercomputers.” There was prestige associated with offering a high performance system. Don’t do it for the money – do it because you can (and should).

    2. What is the marketing value of “edited on Final Cut Pro” which implies a Macintosh to Apple? A ton of the cachet the brand holds comes from it’s loyal adoption and support by the creative community and they do not compose or edit on iMacs.

      iMacs are nice for a lot of people, but cutting out the Mac Pro would be giving a big middle finger to the very people who helped keep the lights on in Cupertino from 1997-2001 while Apple got it’s shit together.

  7. Getting a bit tired of Apple’s “One size fits all” mentality that’s gradually being forced on us.
    If the MacPro is killed off, I’ll definitely try one of the DIY Hackintosh units.

  8. It’s nice to keep everything in the apple sphere, 10.6 server is great it’s frustrating they are going backwards in functionality to dumb down the software so retards can use it. Switching is a huge pain, I have 40TB of disk arrays, I’d need to reformat them, deal with all the permissions and for what, so grandma can set up a server herself?

    1. A cute way of putting it, but I feel your pain. There would have to be a way better reason for such a huge change, and even then the tech elite could be excused for wanting to go over to Apple HQ and beat up grandma.

    2. Apple has been progressively dumbing down the OS, hiding formerly open configuration options with keystroke commands or moving them into the shell.

      Look at the Firewall compared to a couple of versions back. Try to configure G-Mail as a POP (it’s an option) through Apple’s set up wizard without knowing the hidden keystroke option- it literally forces you to configure it as an IMAP after you specified it was a POP setup.

  9. Why aren’t you talking about the possibility that Apple was considering an end to the Mac Pro because Intel was so far behind in releasing its new processors?

  10. Apple could sell more Mac Pros if they wanted to. Offer a Mac Pro that’s 25% smaller, has 3 drive bays, great connections (FW, USB3, TB), superb graphics, and 2 expansion slots and I’d buy several tomorrow. I’m sure others would as well. Problem is… Apple just doesn’t care now that they’re a device company.

    1. The unit doesn’t even need the Xeon CPU for most users. That Xeon generates a lot of heat, sucks a lot of power and makes the case the big ass thing it is.

      There is a market for a small tower with an i7 and a decent expansion and connection setup. The basic form if great- just smaller, please.

    1. They don’t want to bother. Sure Apple could make a bang up Microwave that’s orders of magnitude simpler and less annoying than the junk out there now. But why would they? They could make an awesome universal remote, too. And why not car navigation systems that don’t make you want to punch someone? List goes on.

      Apple is finitely many people who can only do so many projects on a high level of excellence.

      Better question is why is Apple the only consumer electronics company that really cares about hardware and software, ecosystem, and consumer experience?

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