New Mac Pro and 7K Display coming later this year

The rumor: Apple still has one Mac that hasn’t been updated with Apple Silicon, but not for long, according to Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate, via Power On).

Sam’s take: We assumed for some time that a new Mac Pro would launch this year, but Gurman seems to believe we’ll see not only that…but an updated version of the Pro Display XDR, too. As someone who uses the current-generation XDR, I’m really hoping for 120Hz ProMotion and a webcam, mic and speakers. Basically, a 32-inch ‘Studio Display Pro’.

Apple releases updated Mac Pro…but it doesn’t make any sense

The news: Apple just updated the base-spec Mac Pro, but it just looks silly alongside the much more powerful Mac Studio.

  • Apple has upped the storage to just 512GB (it was a mere 256GB before) and put better Radeon Pro W5500X graphics inside (Mac Pro had Radeon Pro 580X graphics prior)
  • This $5,999 model of the Mac Pro has always been a bad value historically, but these upgrades feel too little, too late
  • Apple also released a new $300 AMD Radeon PRO W6600X GPU option for users that would like to upgrade to faster graphics than the included Radeon Pro W5500X

Sam’s take: Who is this for? Sure, I don’t deny that there is a handful of enterprise customers that are still (probably) buying these Mac Pros up for niche situations or workflows. But to release this new Mac Pro on the same day you release your most powerful Mac ever is an incredibly odd move. The Mac Pro, sold as their most expensive offering with options up to more than $50k, isn’t as powerful as the new $8k Mac Studio…

New rumor says updated Mac mini and external display coming this year, new iMac Pro and Mac Pro in 2023

The rumor: Apple will be updating their lower-end Mac desktops in 2022 and higher-end Mac offerings in 2023, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (70.4% accurate).

  • Later this year: Apple is said to release a “more powerful Mac mini and more affordable external display” that is a 27-inch non-Mini-LED panel
  • 2023: The iMac Pro and Mac Pro are said to be updated

Sam’s take: There’s not much detail about why these Macs may be launching so far apart…and it event contradicts with Apple’s own timeline of the transition to Apple Silicon being complete by the end of 2022. But Kuo also tends to know things very far in the future, and the first half of his tweet lines up with what other sources have been saying.

Apple planning to release new Macs in March, plus May/June

The rumor: Apple is planning to drop new Macs multiple times in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “I don’t believe the iMac Pro launch is too distant either. While we’ll get new Macs in March, I’m told Apple is already gearing up for another round of Mac releases around May or June” Gurman says
  • Gurman suggests the new Mac Pro could debut around this time (at WWDC) and ship later in the Fall

Sam’s take: More and more, Apple’s Silicon releases are looking like regular, scheduled updates each year…rather than the incredibly sporadic releases we became accustomed to in the past. I’m here for it.

Apple planning to release 5 new Macs in 2022

The rumor: New versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro are coming in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On).

This is what’s expected…

  • “Revamped, high-end iMac with Apple silicon to sit above the new 24-inch model”
  • “Biggest MacBook Air revamp in the product’s history, adding the M2 chip and a new design”
  • “New versions of the Mac mini, entry-level MacBook Pro and a revamped Mac Pro with Apple silicon”

Our take: Next year Apple has said they will complete their 2-year transition from Intel to Apple Silicon so this tracks. Looking like 2022 will, potentially, be the biggest year for the Mac ever. And I want all of it.

Apple updates Mac Pro with new Radeon Pro GPU options

The news: On Tuesday morning Apple updated their online store with upgraded pre-built Mac Pro and standalone graphics card options from AMD.

Our take: Some pricey but powerful options for those with a Mac Pro that are looking to spec their machines out even further. Looking at you, MKBHD team…

Apple reveals new Intel-powered Mac Pro still coming

The leak: New evidence in Xcode 13 beta 1 suggests that there’s still another Intel-powered Mac in the works, as discovered by Twitter user Brendan Shanks.

  • A new addition in the latest Xcode beta reveals “CPUFAMILY_NITEL_ICELAKE_SP” and is likely referring to a new version of the Mac Pro
  • Apple announced at WWDC 2020 that their transition to Apple Silicon would take two years, and we’re only halfway through that cycle

Our take: This has been rumored for some time now, but our first confirmation from Apple that it’s still happening. Considering that the transition to Apple Silicon is set to pick up later this year, this will be a pretty niche product.

New Mac Pro: up to 40-core CPU and 128-core GPU, coming in 2022

The rumor: Apple’s next Mac Pro with Apple Silicon inside will be wildly powerful, according to Mark Gurman (88.7% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • “Buyers of the high-end Mac Pro desktop planned for next year will likely have a choice of two processors that are either twice or four times as powerful as the new high-end MacBook Pro chip” Gurman says
  • 20 or 40-core CPU configurations will be available, with 64 or 128-core GPU options
  • The next Mac Pro will feature a significantly smaller design and is expected to release sometime next year

Our take: This is the fullest vision of Apple Silicon yet: Apple was never planning to just replace Intel, they were planning to succeed it. With CPU and GPU power this nuts, I’ll be buying this Mac Pro the day it comes out in 2022.

Next Mac Pro could resemble Power Mac G4 cube

The rumor: Apple is planning two new models of the Mac Pro, with one being significantly smaller than what we have currently, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).

  • 2 new models: the first will look identical to what we have now, but with faster Intel chips; the second will be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro with Apple Silicon inside
  • Gurman notes the smaller Mac Pro design “will feature a mostly aluminum exterior and could invoke nostalgia for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a short-lived smaller version of the Power Mac, an earlier iteration of the Mac Pro”

Our take: The current Mac Pro is a pretty sizable machine, but slimming it down to less than half its current size? That will be a sight to see. Depending on how powerful the 2021 iMacs are, this new machine could definitely be a contender for me.

Mac Pro with Apple Silicon to be ‘about half the size’ of current model

The rumor: After updating the entire MacBook lineup with Apple Silicon next week, Apple has even more ambitious plans for some of its desktop models, according to Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate).

  • “Apple engineers are currently developing a new Mac Pro that looks like the current design at about half the size,” Gurman says…although it’s unclear whether this will be a replacement for the old model or a second, smaller offering
  • A redesigned iMac is also in development, although it is unclear when this highly-anticipated machine will launch

Our take: Gurman, who is known for his credible track record, alluded multiple times in this piece that Apple Silicon equals greater power efficiency in the same (or less) amount of space. If Apple can seriously take the behemoth that is the Mac Pro and make it just as powerful in half the original footprint…that says a lot about what Apple Silicon will enable.

Apple releases New 16-inch MacBook Pro GPU, Apple Card 0% financing, Mac Pro SSD upgrade kit

The news: Apple just updated their online store with a higher-end GPU for 16-inch MacBook Pro, 0% financing for more products with Apple Card and a SSD upgrade kit for Mac Pro.

  • The 16-inch MacBook Pro has gained the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory
    • “75 percent faster performance than the 5500M when configured with 4GB of GDDR6,” per The Verge
  • Mac Pro SSD upgrade kits configured up to 8TB will be available later today
  • Apple Card 0% financing (6 or 12-month, depending on which product) is now available

Our take: With a big WWDC planned for a week from now, Apple likely wanted to push some smaller updates out prior to the fanfare. That being said, the GPU update on MacBook Pro seems significant, and I look forward to seeing how close to 75% faster it actually is.