There are some fears that Apple could reduce this to two PCI ports in its desire to make the machine thinner.
However, Apple may update to the PCIE3 standard, which will offer 40 lanes per socket, rather than the usual 36, we wrote in June 2012.
SATA III/SAS connectivity in the new Mac Pro
We've also seen reports that claim that SATA III/SAS connectivity will be native in the new Mac Pro.
Will there be a SuperDrive in the new Mac Pro
Another potential for culling is the Mac's optical drive. "There will be no optical drive. Face it, if you are still holding out for Blu Ray then you haven't been paying attention," writes LogicRumors.
We certainly agree on the lack of Blu Ray, but we aren't completely convinced that Apple will remove the optical drive from the Mac Pro. The pro Mac user is probably the one and only Mac user remaining that could honestly say that they require an optical drive. For one thing, some professional creative software isn't widely available as a download.
New Mac Pro Rumours - Produced in the USA
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced that Apple would shift production of one Mac to the USA. Most industry watchers expect this Mac to be either the Mac Pro or the Mac mini. The odds are good that it is the Mac Pro though for a number of reasons. For one thing, shipping the Mac Pro from China is expensive because it's such a bulky item. The other reason why moving production of the Mac Pro to the USA makes sense is that Apple sells fewer than one million a year (it makes sense to manufacturer the high-demand products where labour is cheaper and voluminous. In addition, any extra labor costs associated with manufacturing in the US can be more easily absorbed by a $2,500-$3,800 Mac Pro than by a MacBook or an iMac that sell for $1,000 to $1,300, noted Fortune.
Will the new Mac Pro live up to expectations? Iit's been a long time coming and the traditional user base has a hell of a big wish list. Many fear that the update will not meet their needs.
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