Upcoming Mac Pro 2019: What can we expect from Apple?
Apple have never shied away from redesigning the wheel when releasing new products, and the cylindrical Apple Mac Pro 2019 model is a reminder of this fact. Although information is still thin on the ground, we do know a few things. The first thing is that the product has been confirmed for a 2019 release. The second is that the shape and aesthetic design is said to be cylindrical, with no discernable inputs.
What’s taking so long?
1. The Good News.
Apple has acknowledged that the biggest criticism that many Apple Pro customers have had in the past is the fact that the upgrade path of these devices is limited at best. This has led to a redesign by the Apple architects, and is said to have led to some major delays while the bus are all ironed out and resolved. Because of the way that they device is shaped and is going to be built, it is a going to be difficult to swap out individual components, so this is an interesting development.
2. The Bad News
It has been a very long time since the news of a revamped Apple even though the announcement was made in 2017. Apple fans that are hoping to finally get their hands on this device in 2018 will have to wait a little longer though, as the release has now been slated for 2019 instead. Unfortunately for Apple users, there are no alternatives, so patience is key.
3. Any other specs worth mentioning?
So far there hasn’t been an awful lot of information in this regard, and for the moment, we don’t have any confirmed specs that have been set in stone. However, one exciting piece of news that has come out recently is that there has been a patent filed by Apple regarding the shape and design of the latest Pro model. What this means is anyone’s guess, but it sounds promising.
Some rumored features
1. Modular design
Apple has said that they did not decide on the cylindrical shape ahead of time and then try to make the hardware fit inside. Instead, the design team looked at a way to create modular hardware that could easily be swapped out for repairs and upgrades. The aforementioned patent specifies details about the layout and design of the unit, but more than that has not yet been revealed.
2. External Upgrades
Other rumors also make mention of the fact that high-speed bus architectures that have been pioneered by Apple, such as Thunderbolt, have made it possible for external peripherals such as high performance graphics cards to be connected via cables. This would give graphical designers some much needed additional performance without having to open up the main unit and swap out the graphics cards.
3. In-house CPUs?
Apple has sought to return to its early days when it forged its own internal components, and it has been rumored that they are planning exactly that. This is seen as a strategic move by Apple as they currently rely on Intel to supply the goods, and Apple is not one to share.
What else is there for Pro users while we wait?
Unfortunately, there are no new developments for us to go into regarding this highly anticipated professional workstation line. With the impending 2019 release, all we can do is sit tight and wait for the latest model to hit the market. Content creators that rely on Apple hardware will tell you that once you have become accustomed to the workflow and process that they provide, it is impossible to go back to what you were using before.
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