During WWDC19, Apple Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR were the last hardware presented at Apple’s Global Developer Conference. Focusing on the “pro” market, both products were praised for their potency and utility.
According to a Reddit user, Apple removed the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR video ad from its YouTube channel. While that doesn’t mean something’s about to happen, here’s what we know about the future of Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.
Apple started the two-year transition to its own silicon in 2020, but it’s unclear whether the Mac Pro will receive Apple’s M-series chip or stay with the Intel processor for a bit longer.
A month ago, for example, Bloomberg announced that Apple would be working on a brand new Mac Pro with 40 cores. A 20-core chip is also reportedly in the works with 64-core and 128-core GPU options.
Codenamed Jade 2C-Die and Jade 4C-Die, a redesigned Mac Pro is expected to come in 20 or 40 compute core variants, consisting of 16 high-performance cores or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. The chips would also include 64 or 128-core options for graphics. The compute core tops the 28 maximum cores offered by today’s Intel Mac Pro chips, while high-end graphics chips would replace parts now manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Of its design, Bloomberg says it “should look like a smaller version of the current design.”
Although the announcement of the Mac Pro with Apple Silicon seemed set for this year or next, last week the first beta of Xcode 13 included a new reference to scalable support for the Intel Ice Lake Xeon processor, apparently intended for a future Mac Pro update.
With this, Apple’s plan to introduce a new Mac Pro with its own silicon could be delayed. In an article on Twitter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman doubled down on this claim and said “Apple has indeed been working on an update to the Intel Mac Pro”.
The benchmark found in Xcode 13 beta 1 is Ice Lake SP, which is Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable processor. Apple currently uses Intel Xeon W processors in the Mac Pro, so this would represent a noticeable performance improvement.
All of this means that while Apple’s transition to its own silicon is going well, as the company has already introduced four different Macs and an iPad with the M1 processor, the company will give its Intel Macs one more last breath.
What about Pro Display XDR?
As of yet, there is no news regarding a next-generation Pro Display XDR. But one Bloomberg A report released earlier this year said Apple was working on a new external monitor that wouldn’t be as fancy as the Pro Display XDR, but expected to cost a lot less:
The cheaper monitor would feature a screen intended more for consumer use than for professional use and would not have the brightness and contrast ratio of the leading offering. Apple last launched a consumer monitor called Thunderbolt Display in 2011 for $ 999, but discontinued it in 2016.
9to5Mac’s Filipe Espósito recently wrote an article saying that Apple should bring back its Cinema Display:
“While I wouldn’t expect Apple to make Pro Display XDR more affordable, the company should reconsider returning Cinema Display as an alternative for regular users. It doesn’t need to feature a 32-inch 6K display with super HDR or Mini-LED, but it can have above-average quality with the macOS integration that only Apple can do.“
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