Apple blunder confirms imminent Nehalem Xserve launch

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
In what appears to be a slip-up on one of its international online stores, Apple has inadvertently revealed that it plans to announce shortly new Xserves featuring Intel Corp.'s Nehalem-based Xeon processors.

As of Thursday evening, the Xserve product page (by way of PCWorld) for the Apple Store Hong Kong includes a broken graphic with an underlying caption indicating that the Mac maker is almost ready to begin accepting orders for the new 1U rack-mount servers.

"Preorder the new Xserve with Intel Xeon (Nehalem)," the caption says.

The image link is not yet functional and instead takes shoppers back to the current Xserve listing on the Hong Kong store. Nevertheless, the discovery is undeniable confirmation of a pair of AppleInsider reports (1, 2) from earlier this week which predicted a launch of new Nehalem-based Xserves within the next two weeks.

The new models are expected to use chips from same family of "Gainestown" Xeon 5500 and "Bloomfield" Xeon 3500 series of processors that the Cupertino-based company adopted for its latest line of Mac Pro workstations last month.

Also likely are changes to the systems Ethernet Controller Chips, which discoveries in unreleased versions of Mac OS X 10.5.7 suggest will come from Marvell's Yukon 2 series chips. For additional details, AppleInsider's earlier reports:

Apple almost ready with Nehalem-based Xserves

More proof of Nehalem Xserves; may ship with OS X 10.5.7


  • Reply 1 of 5
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    Not that I need or can justify an XServe right now, but it is good that Apple is keeping on top of things. I'm also very interested in what Apple will install in these as storage. It would be nice to see system stored on SSD and data to magnetic as a hybrid solution.

  • Reply 2 of 5
    cubertcubert Posts: 728member
    This coming Tuesday.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 678member
    Just in case there were some who didn't think Apple would use Nehalem in an xServe...
  • Reply 4 of 5
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    2U server please! We can live without Xserve RAID but it would be nice to have a server that could support a bigger RAID setup for fast database performance. 2U would allow for 4 PCI Express slots (thinking of those new SSD PCI Express drives coming out) as well and 18 DIMM slots would be nice too.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    dhagan4755dhagan4755 Posts: 2,152member
    Seconded. A 2U Xserve would allow for more hard drives. Please, Apple?!
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