Apple on Tuesday announced that it will release new iMacs later this year and will “completely rethink Mac Pro” at some point in the future.
This is the first time the company preannounces a major new product.
The company also apologised to Mac Pro users for not updating it for last three years.
First released in December 2013, the Mac Pro represented a radical redesign of the company’s highest-powered machine.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said that design had eventually ended up tying Apple’s hands when it came to replacing the machine.
I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will. We designed a system with the kind of GPUs that at the time we thought we needed, and that we thought we could well serve with a two GPU architecture. That that was the thermal limit we needed, or the thermal capacity we needed. But workloads didn’t materialise to fit that as broadly as we hoped.Being able to put larger single GPUs required a different system architecture and more thermal capacity than that system was designed to accommodate. So it became fairly difficult to adjustCraig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering
Apple, however, did not share much about the new Mac Pro.
Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said: “We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding Pro customers.”