As noted by Hertzfield, there is: "Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements - it seems like it's stuck in time in 2010." The top-end graphics option is a pair of 2009 ATI Radeons - that cost around £100.
It's no wonder Mac Pro users were concerned.
New Mac Pro leaked images
FCP.co has published some images of what the new Mac Pro might look like. With various different-sized models, from a base model up to a Pro Server with 14 hard drives. The designs were developed by Peter Zigich, he suggests that Apple should use a modular design, like Lego blocks and that it should be highly customizable. Zigich even suggests that one model could be targeted at the consumer, being little better than a Mac mini.
Think those images are bad? How about this new Mac Pro images - made out of Lego?
Apple last changed the design of the Mac Pro in 2006, so we think it's likely that we'll see a cosmetic redesign. A smaller footprint seems likely, as do various changes that will improve the environmental footprint. The biggest cosmetic change could be the removal of the optical drive, which is likely to attract hostility if Apple does indeed do that.
New Mac Pro rumours - processors
The processor inside the current Mac Pro is the Intel Xeon E5645 CPU - a two-year-old Westmere-EP chip - not the Xeon E5 processor that many had expected would make its way into the new Mac Pro.
Intel's Xeon processors are targeted at workstations and servers, so that chip family seems the most likely for any future Mac Pro. Enter rumours that Apple is waiting for Ivy Bridge E.
Ivy Bridge E processors are actually going to be marketed as Xeon E5 V2 processors. There is no corresponding Sandy Bridge predecessor rather it will follow on from the older Westmere-EX processors.
Apple looks set to adopt Intel's next-generation of CPU, codenamed Haswell, for its consumer machines, but don't expect to see these in the new Mac Pro.
Rumours have suggested Apple may be moving away from Intel chips for its Mac line-ups, but given the progress of Intel's CPUs and the difficulty of making such a switch, it's unlikely that Apple will abandon Intel processors in the near future.
A rumour from last summer suggested that the new Mac Pro's onboard memory controller will be moved to the CPU, so the link between the CPUS will be faster, up to 8GT/s. The memory will also be upgraded from 1,333mhz to 1,600mhz to allow for 25 per cent more memory with 8 physical memory lanes.
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