Originally Posted by Rob Berends
This is bullshit. I work in an Apple Premium Reseller as well and if there is one thing we don't know it's new product releases. Especially brand new design releases etc.
The APR is probably just telling this to keep their customers from not buying the current Mac Pro because it is hard to get in the current distribution channel (it's being faded out in Europe).
I doubt it. Apple has to remove the Pro soon - and will not want to go longer than necessary without a Pro. They announced almost a year ago that it would be available in 2013, so they've had plenty of time. I think the more likely interpretation is that the APR is correct.
Originally Posted by mitchell_pgh
It can't come soon enough. Unfortunately, many pros have simply moved on to an iMac or MacBook Pro, so I wouldn't be surprised if sales are a bit soft.
Also, they really need to get back to their previous pricing structure where they would sell a bare bones Power Mac for ~$1799.
I don't think that will happen. I think that, if anything, the Pro would go even more upscale. Before Thunderbolt, expandability was a major driver for the Pro since expanding the iMac was limited. TB changes all of that - you can easily get incredible performance from a large RAID array or SSDs or even an external video card. That will make the iMac replace even more of the low end Pro users.
The only exception I could see involves the CPU. Apple made a decision to use the dual CPU capable Xeon chips for the Pro. I could see them offering an i7 as a single processor entry level Pro and save the Xeon chips for the high end dual CPU systems. However, I doubt if the volume is high enough to justify two different motherboard designs, especially since the i7 iMac meets most peoples' needs.
Originally Posted by AndreiD
I also can't wait to see what it is. I hope it brings TB and state of the art "really desktop level" graphics not like the mobile cards used in the iMac right now. While the nVidia GTX 680MX is a good card for all around general purpose, it still is a mobile card and no where near powerful enough for heavy duty tasks or for high FPS @ very high screen resolutions.
We need a real desktop that also is expandable and has easy access. Hope they get good accessories with it, enterprise class SSDs or WD Velociraptors instead of the old SAS drives. BTW BRING ON SATA 3
I almost forgot how out of date the current Mac Pro is.
My cash is also waiting.
I'm pretty confident that you'll get your wish on the graphics card. Apple has always offered desktop level graphics on the Pro and I can't imagine that that would change. As for the drives, you can buy one with a single drive and add Velociraptors and massive SSDs if you wish. The whole point of the Pro is that it's simple to add new drives, so Apple doesn't have to offer them as a factory option.
One feature that no one else has mentioned - I could also see them adding SLI for the graphics on the new Pro systems.
Originally Posted by Gazoobee
It may in fact be smaller and cheaper, but to try and design
it that way on purpose kind of goes against the whole raison d'etre for the Mac pro in the first place.
It's not a mini tower for joe average to tinker with in his basement just because he "doesn't like" all-in-ones. It's a professional grade machine.
Exactly. The iMac is a highly capable machine, especially now that TB is available. Very, very few people are in the Pro target audience. Apple will not cut corners to try to bring the price down.