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Reports that Mac Pro models are suddenly out of stock in various Apple Store locations throughout North America are spurring rumors that an long-overdue refresh of the high-end workstation may...
07-23-2010, 05:18 PM #1
Mac Pro Unavailable... Is a Refresh FINALLY Coming?
Reports that Mac Pro models are suddenly out of stock in various Apple Store locations throughout North America are spurring rumors that an long-overdue refresh of the high-end workstation may be imminent. MacRumors users are checking the Apple Reserve and Pickup website, which lists either the quad-core or 8-core model - or both - as unavailable in many stores. Except for a minor speed bump in December 2009, the last time the Mac Pro was refreshed was over a year ago, when the Nehalem Xeon models were introduced.
Since Apple often gets exclusive use of new Intel processors, it's been speculated over and over and over again that the Mac Pro may get first dibs on new Gulftown chips, but nothing has obviously come of it yet. The new chipset uses hyperthreading technology that allows each core to function as two, meaning that a dual processor Mac Pro with this chip would have twenty-four logical cores. TurboBoost redirects power from unused cores if there's no software support for that many, and overclocks on demand so long as the processors can be kept cool enough. Other potential upgrades include USB 3.0, Firewire 1600 or 3200 and support for more high-end graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA.
AppleInsider noted rumblings about a new Mac Pro yesterday in its coverage of the similar iMac shortages, so it's possible something may actually happen this time. Apple can't keep doing the Lucy-with-the-football game forever, I mean they have to upgrade the thing at some point. We'll just wait and see...
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07-23-2010, 05:28 PM #2
Cool... Anyone ever priced one of these things loaded? wow loaded is the price of a car...
07-23-2010, 05:43 PM #3
Oh cool they come out with a new mac 5 months after I buy a now outdated model, screw you sir apple
07-23-2010, 05:48 PM #4
^ Sorry, next time Apple should check with you first before deciding when to release new/refreshed products
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07-23-2010, 06:12 PM #5
Disregard my lack of reading skills
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07-23-2010, 06:15 PM #6
07-23-2010, 06:29 PM #7
oops i misread the article... thought the "Nehalem" processors were new my mistake. my fault for skimming the post
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07-23-2010, 06:49 PM #8
About time! Mac Pro needs a newer processor and graphics card.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
07-23-2010, 07:35 PM #9
Ill be among the first to get one.... Looooooong overdue.
my current Quad MacPro is tired. but still fast as hell!
I could not be happier. well that is till the new model rolls out!
07-23-2010, 07:38 PM #10
Meh, I don't understand the appeal of these things. Much easier to build a hackintosh...
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07-23-2010, 07:48 PM #11
07-23-2010, 08:25 PM #12
Because they are better.
1. Cheaper: To get liquid cooling in a build it yourself comp you can't beat the quality or price in MacPro
2. Access to Chips unavailable to Hackintosh.
3. Apple <-- Logo. thats why.
lol, no but really, if you buy a stripped down Mac Pro and build it up yourself you cant beat the deal for what you get.
07-23-2010, 09:01 PM #13
07-23-2010, 10:08 PM #14
^ ='} Finally someone understands
07-23-2010, 10:16 PM #15
Very good point. I'm having this dilima right now to buy a mac book pro or windows laptop :-/
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07-23-2010, 10:29 PM #16
<-- Needs a second job to buy a Mac
07-23-2010, 11:00 PM #17
07-23-2010, 11:08 PM #18
Bought a 4GB memory, 500GB storage, 17.3" HP with Windows 7, blu ray, and some other specs for $680. Did a side by side with my buddies MacBook, identical speeds. Not worth the $1,000 premium.
07-23-2010, 11:12 PM #19
well put, very well put
07-23-2010, 11:27 PM #20
What about viruses and spyware? I heard Macs were extremely resistant to picking them up. Is this overstated?