The rarely updated Mac Pro could be set to receive an overhaul next week according to a new rumor. The flagship Mac, which hasn’t received an update for almost two years is in short supply at Apple Retail Stores and Apple staff have apparently been returning excess Mac Pro stocks back to Apple (via MacRumors). While many stores are still selling the Mac Pro, it appears that Apple staff have been directing customers to order their Mac Pro online.
While the online order times don’t appear to have been delayed, another rumor is suggesting that there are three new Mac Pro models destined to appear during the WWDC conference which is due to start next week. The rumor comes from 9to5Mac who have apparently tracked down the model numbers for the new Mac Pro units, coming in at MD770LL/A, MD771LL/A and MD772LL/A. The site suggests that there will be the base model, an upgraded model and then an ultimate model but there’s no word on what changes will be present or what pricing options will be offered.
Given recent product announcements, it’s likely that, at the bare minimum, the Mac Pro would receive an update with the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors that have recently been made available. It’s also likely that the new Mac Pro will ship with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports built in, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. It’s unclear as to whether the Mac Pro will receive an upgraded design, but given that some Apple Stores are showing pick up availability for the MAc Pro as June 12th (the day after the WWDC keynote), get your wallet ready.