The current version of the Mac Pro has not changed in several years, albeit in design anyway. There have been a few hardware changes, but nothing major. However, the 2013 Mac Pro is a next-generation model, and is a first for many reasons, such as its shape and the fact that it will be assembled in the US, which we had assumed would happen with the Mac mini.
The 2013 Mac Pro chassis is very different to the current cheese grater look, as it will come with a cylindrical design. It’s obvious that there will need to be some major changes to the hardware, considering the next-gen pro is 1/8 the size of the outgoing model.
Next-generation Mac Pro specs – The all-new Mac Pro will be powered by 256-bit Intel Xeon E5 processor, which comes with 12 cores as well as 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM, and also dual AMD FirePro GPUs. Not much else is known about the hardware, as the desktop is still a prototype. However, we do have a good idea of the 2013 Mac Pro connectivity, such as six Thunderbolt 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out and the other usual suspects.
Apple is all for making life simpler for the user, and they know just how difficult things can be when trying to connect something to the rear of a desktop when stored below a desk or in a dark corner, and so they have added lighting to these rear ports.
We said above the new Mac Pro will be much smaller than the current version; well this upcoming model will stand just 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches wide. We’ve added a video of the 2013 Mac Pro below.
One concern we do have is with the 2013 Mac Pro price, as it does have a big question mark hanging over it. The reason we say this is because this new model will be assembled in the USA, and there could be a fear that this will increase costs, as we know it’s much cheaper to assemble products like this in China. However, we’re sure that Apple and their partners will do all they can to keep an increase (if there is one) to a minimum. The all-new Mac Pro release date has yet to be decided, but we do know it will be later this year.
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