Apple neglected to update its ultimate Mac at its October 2016 event, so when is the new Mac Pro coming out? Mac Pro UK release date and specification rumours.
Mac Pro 2016 UK release date rumours: When is the new Mac Pro coming out?
Mac Pro 2016 UK release date: Unconfirmed
We haven’t seen a new Mac Pro since December 2013 (although it was announced in June of that year). An upgrade is now well overdue.
There were rumours it would be updated in Apple's October 2016 event, but it was not. We're now back to the drawing board for a release date, although it's unlikely an update will be announced before March 2017.
Mac Pro 2016 UK price rumours: How much is the new Mac Pro?
Mac Pro 2016 UK price: From £2,499 (TBC)
It’s Apple’s usual style to introduce new hardware updates at the same price as the previous generation, but this is more tricky when you’re talking about kit that costs several thousand pounds and hopefully has some significant jumps in its specification. Still, the Mac Pro was - and still is - expensive, so we wouldn’t like to see Apple push the price any higher.
The current Mac Pro starts at £2,499 with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 quad-core processor, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, 256GB of flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPU. A 3.5GHz hexa-core version costs £3,299. That’s just for the PC itself, we should point out, and you’ll still need to buy your monitor and other peripherals separately.
It remains quite the beast, but it’s getting very long in the tooth - and the fact is most people really don’t need to spend this amount on a PC. The Mac Pro is a machine for people who need workstation-level performance, and that is not most consumers.
For consumers who just want more power than what they have now, we’ve rounded up some of the best Windows desktop PCs, machines that are easily capable of VR and intensive gaming, in this separate article. Two of our top three are priced at £999, and the other at £1,150. The most expensive machine in our chart is £1,379. Consider whether you really need the power of a Mac Pro before you splash out more money than you need to.
Mac Pro 2016 specification rumours: Is the new Mac Pro any good?
Rumours circulating about the new Mac Pro suggest there will be 10 USB ports (up from four USB and six Thunderbolt), but Apple may instead opt for 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (as it has done in its new MacBook Pro) which can accommodate USB-C. Another change might be to add a Lightning connector to allow headphones to be plugged in for hi-res audio.
The processor will obviously get a bump up to the current generation (potentially Skylake), and we’d expect to see more - and faster - RAM (even the MacBook Pro can accommodate 16GB as standard, and some Dell workstations can accept 1TB). Storage, too, should get an upgrade, given that 256GB (you can upgrade to 1TB) will be rapidly consumed by those working with very large files.
Want to learn more about the new Mac Pro? Check out our in-depth guide on our sister site Macworld.