Their CTO options tend to encompass all of the chips aside from the "extreme" configurations.
Apple really doesn't have any excuses anymore. I mean this totally, there is no reason why they can't higher the people they need to get drivers, OpenGL and other features up to snuff. When Linux has better drivers and support you know something is wrong.
The AMD GPUs are ready to go so I don't think an update is being held up there. Well other than the possibility that Apple will integrated the GPU processor on the motherboard.
Yes I know and that is why I object to the blame Apple mentality. Like it or not Apple can't ship new stuff if the processor isn't there to ship in the first place.
In any event Apples problem with the Pro is targeting to small of a market considering it is Apples only viable and configurable desktop. I see this as the primary driver for a refactored Pro.
Apple relies on the gpu manufacturers for drivers, yet supposedly they only allow modification of a portion of their code, and they're very restrictive in general. The AMD gpus are launched, but I heard they were not yet shipping. On the Mac Pro I don't see them going with them integrated into the motherboard on this generation. Part of the problem is that it doesn't attract a lot of users over from PC workstations. One of the issues is graphics drivers and a lack of appropriate cards. This most likely held back adoption rates even on the first couple generations where pricing was very competitive.
I would want to see production systems from Apple before getting too excited one way or the other. I've seen numbers all over the place, some indicating a 2 X improvement in performance.
I can't wait and frankly I'm not even in the market. Today my intention is to hold off another year but hey you never know.
The interesting thing here is that they will likely be competing directly with Trinity from AMD. If that chip lives up to its billing it would be a better choice for the AIR and Mini. However I was under the impression that the Mini already used 35 watt processors
Frankly I hope they stay away from NVidia. Mainly because AMD has changed for the better with respect to drivers and open source. Note I said better, their drivers have a ways to go but are far better than past efforts.
NVidia isn't actually that bad. On the Windows side they're typically the preferred choice, and I'm sure many people would enjoy mercury playback on the mac pro. While they pushed CUDA, OpenCL should run just fine over newer NVidia cards. I'm not sure if the Quadro 4000 does on a Mac, but if not it's most likely because it was released some time ago. The thing is the gpu hardware itself is good enough for even most demanding users, or it would be if the drivers were really good.
The mini uses 35-45W. The quad is 45. I think the others are 35, but I'm not certain.