In an atypically quiet manner, Apple yesterday bumped the specifications for the Mac Pro, a device which has not seen an update in almost two years. In the run up to the WWDC keynote, the company had been rumored to be looking to bump the spec of the Mac Pro, but sadly, the update yesterday was extraordinarily lackluster, and left many people looking to purchase a Mac Pro wanting much more.
The update itself was focused upon the processor found in the Mac Pro, with Apple offering 3.06GHz Intel Xeon processors rather than the existing 2.93 GHz options that were previously available. The company also now offers 6GB of RAM as the baseline configuration, which is once again not a stunning revelation.
Even more surprising, Apple chose not to include USB 3.0, Thunderbolt or Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity in the new Mac Pro models, which is fairly ridiculous given that they are offering an update. In addition, the company has elected to stick with the almost three year old Radeon 5700 series graphics cards, making either an update or novel purchase of a new Mac Pro somewhat uninteresting.
The lack of a significant update suggests that the processor upgrade was more of a forced issue than an elected one by Apple, and that they perhaps have some grander plans for the Mac Pro in the future. Let hope that it isn’t too long before these grander plans emerge.