3 things to expect from Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro

“In 2019, Apple is expected to release a new Mac computer targeted at professional content creators and other power users under its Mac Pro branding,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “Apple last introduced a new Mac Pro back in late 2013 and hasn’t significantly updated the machine since.”

“The company’s 2019 Mac Pro is, of course, going to represent a huge upgrade from the current, practically antiquated Mac Pro, and should be substantially more powerful than the company’s current iMac Pro all-in-one computers, too,” Eassa writes.

Here are three things to expect from the updated machines:

1. Ice Lake Xeon processors:Apple’s iMac Pro lineup incorporates Intel’s highest-end Xeon W processors, which are designed to be used in systems with a single processor. I expect that future iMac Pro computers will continue to use Xeon W processors, and that the Mac Pro will support up to two future Xeon processors in the same system, for added performance in processor-intensive workloads.

2. Radeon Navi graphics processors:I expect that the new Mac Pro will support full add-in cards (and it’ll likely even come in configurations with multiple such cards, for very-high-end graphics work), so the next Mac Pro should be able to support future graphics cards from AMD as well.

3. A huge price tag:For some context, the iMac Pro starts at $4999 and can be configured to cost more than $13,000. I think the upcoming Mac Pro will start somewhere above $4999, and that configurations of the system will exist with costs solidly north of $20,000.

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  1. The new Mac Pro should have easy upgrade ability that the current trash can lacks. In other words take inspiration from the cheese grater but a better specs of components and easy upgrade ability.

  2. The other thing you can expect from a 2019-2020 Mac Pro is many ex-Mac pros, like me, won’t be buying one since they will have already moved on to an extremely upgradeable PC Workstation – and way happier for it.

    1. I once had a cousin who passed away and left me a windows workstation for video editing. I needed a new Mac at the time and decided to just give the windows machine and adobe editing suite a try. It was free after all. But it didn’t take long for me to start missing deadlines because the computer always seemed to be down. It reminded me of how much work it takes to keep a window machine working In addition to the work I actually need to be doing on the machine.

      1. Macs are made with a consistency high quality and therefore reliability. PC’s are made from many sources and sometimes lack that level of reliability because of components used. Windows tepid reputation has largely come from the cheaper machines prone to failure. If you source a high end PC Workstation with quality reliable components, ample power supplies and headroom for whatever task you might be doing you’ll be in much better shape.

        I upgraded a friends old custom PC (more RAM, internal RAID and new Nvidia video card) that when it was made had sourced high end components and it hasn’t had any issues at all in 4-5 years. And he’s using it with the current version of Premiere and Light Wave. In fact I was there using it yesterday. It’s only limitation was only having a four-core CPU but even with 4K video it was doing reasonably well. It only slowed down a little when we were also simultaneously rendering something in Lightwave. Not a single crash or freeze working on it all day.

        The lesson is don’t think because you’re using a PC you can totally cheap out. Buy the best made machine you can with solid internals. Many, if not most, visual effects companies and post houses use PC’s and seem to get the job done.

        1. You failed to explicitly state:

          1. The labor and likely subsequent fiddling.

          2. Total cost of components plus the original box likely nearly equaled a new Mac with the same specs.

          3. You could not replace the Windows OS with MacOS.

          This Wendy’s commercial mocks those who (such as in a Soviet Collective Factory) are satisfied with merely getting the jobs done, you know, like a “jobber” as they call then in the pro wrestling.

          1. Most of those things are either incredibly obvious or implied. High quality Windows machines can be as equally expensive as a high end Mac. The difference being it won’t be a mostly closed box and will allow for future reconfiguration and options. And that is the whole point of switching. In the long run you’ll save money and feel less frustrated.

            There’s not as much fiddling as you think if you have a good knowledge of operating systems (and I’ve always known my way around Windows). I would go in and try to duplicate as much Mac functionality as I could to a Windows machine (as I will be). I still prefer OS X but whats a neglected Mac pro user to do?

            One of the things not mentioned is if you use FCPX and you are able to work a lot faster turning around certain kinds of billable video work then you should stay with Mac. Everyone needs to determine their own needs and decide the platform that will work best for them now and into the future. With so much uncertainty with Apple now and actual desirable products not really even available (for quite some time) you do what you have to do. Taking a detour for 2-4 years until things stabilize with Apple will be prudent for many. The problem is that change will no doubt become permanent once people get used to working in Windows. And of course Apple still not getting and delivering unusable Macs for some pros again.

            Some of my power pro VFX users (working in 8K) in the entertainment industry have told me they just went from upgraded 2010 Mac Pro’s straight to PC’s simply because Apple gave them no alternative and they could no longer wait. You can’t screw up so badly as to hold up an entire Mac market segment for years!!

            Prior Mac fans (who normally never would’ve left) become resigned PC users by Apple’s own neglectful hand. You can’t blame the end users, you must squarely blame the fruit company and it’s handlers.

          2. You can also mock those who stubbornly cling Stockholm Syndrome style to a system that either doesn’t allow them to do the tasks they need to do, then greet any poor move or offering by the mother company as brilliantly conceived & infallible and perfect for them (whether they are or aren’t) like those in cults do. That also is a sickness only this time with the 2013 Mac Pro many of us saw the Apple Emperor had no clothes. It took a while for the horrific realization to sink in because we too were true believers. Now, not so much. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

            It’s not the box or platform but what’s in the chair controlling that box that matters. Macs won’t make you any better a digital VFX artist or writer or musician than PC’s do. You either have it or you don’t.

  3. Apple could have a pro-mac out next week if they wanted: Just pick an existing Lenovo or Dell model, and order it from them with MacOS installed. The net is filled with hackers doing exactly this and getting low cost machines that beat the tar out of Apple’s lineup.

    I don’t think it is possible for Apple to be this incompetent about pro users for this long. Apple has abandoned the Mac and is just sucking us up for all the cash they can.

    The reason: Apple figures that anything they do on the Mac will just get copied onto windows within 6 months, and so will just make more money others then for Apple. But without Apple’s input, there won’t be as much innovation on PCs, giving people more reason to buy tablets and phones – where Apple dominates.

  4. Apple is weaning itself away from computers. The iMac Pro and now the new Mac Pro will represent high end power and high cost. These two systems will serve a very small niche. Apple hasn’t done anything with the Mac mini becasue it expects the iPad Pro to eventually replace it.

    The consumer can expect their selection of Mac computers to be laptops and iMacs. The high end stuff of iMac Pro and Mac Pro Apple can literally ignore for years considering it high specs and high cost. All this will leave schools and colleges to look else where.

    This will leave Apple to focus on their future, consumer electronics.

    1. Interesting that Apple has announced its intention to compete in the wildly exciting world of charging mats, and they still haven’t gotten past vaporware stage there either. Perhaps all hardware engineers not assigned to iPhone left Apple. The current staff simply can’t get it done between Apple Park diversity training and emotional support meetings.

      If Apple doesn’t resurrect the Mac, the Airport, and Displays in the next year with both cutting edge tech and affordable prices, then the Microsoftization under Cook will be complete.

  5. ” think the upcoming Mac Pro will start somewhere above $4999″

    Apple is partly releasing the new Mac Pro in 2019 (remember, a year has 12 months) so it can study the sales of the iMac Pro. Apple may release the new Mac Pro much lower than $5,000 for the base model. Problem is or maybe blessing is the base model might be a partially bare bones – no HD, memory or video card.

    Look at how Apple designed the iMac Pro – no user serviceable parts. That means buyers need Apple to upgrade memory and HD’s. Apple charges up to three times or more for such components then the aftermarket.

    1. “Lower than $5,000”
      I thinking that there will be a “base model”. If Apple comes up with something new, it wouldn’t necessarily be “cheap entry into macOS” because cheap entry (as far as Macs go 🙂 can be fulfilled at the iMac and MacBook end. If your focus isn’t “cheap” but instead “more power”, then you’re already throwing cost out the window and the power provided for the cost offered currently goes up to $14,000 I think.

      Seeing as how by the time you get to $14,000, you’ve already left cheap LOOONG behind, I think the Mac Pro will start there, with a configuration in the area of the iMac Pro, and going up from there. What it will look like, I don’t know. But I DO know that “modular” does not necessarily equate to “upgradeable” or “expandable”.

  6. Apple is truly disinterested in the computer business. They only move when they are forced. Things that could be done in a year take many years. They have very little focus in this area. They continue to grow but do less with it’s resources then they ever have. Welcome to the new Apple and it’s leadership.

  7. So, no mention of A Series processors for the Mac Pro.

    Could this lead to a split in the Mac world; Pros get Intel and everyone else gets A Series?

    If so, the software split will be huge. Consumer Macs will gravitate to the iOS level while Pros still have traditional software.

    Huge mistake if it happens that way.

    1. Actually, seeing as how Apple’s mobile chips beat Intel’s mobile chips, I would not be surprised if an Apple Desktop quality chip, when running pro software like FCPX, Compressor, Motion, Logic Pro, etc. actually runs those FASTER than the Intel chip. If you’re a pro using FCPX (which, let’s remember, is the kind of pro apple invites to their campus), all you care about is which one gets your job done faster. The more jobs you do, the more you get paid.

  8. 1. If Apple is shooting for “power greater than the iMac Pro”, then I don’t think they’d limit themselves to the iMac Pro processors. If they could design it to be ready to slot in the high end processor YOU want (BYO, of course). This wouldn’t be a problem as there won’t be many sold. They could have the factory in the US and probably keep up with demand even right from the outset.

    2. It will be “modular” whatever that means.

    3. It will have a huge price tag starting out where the iMac Pro leaves off.

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