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Designed solely for professional users — but visually appealing to everyone else — the Mac Pro ($2,999 and up from the Apple Store) is the Ferrari of Apple computers. It originally debuted as the Power Mac G5 in 2003, updated internally and renamed Mac Pro in 2006, then completely redesigned in 2013. Dark gray with a cylindrical shape that lets fans breathe upwards and downwards, the Pro is only 9.9″ tall, 6.9″ in diameter, and 11 pounds in weight. That’s one-eighth the volume of its predecessor, transforming the former all-encompassing tower into a hub for any Thunderbolt or USB devices that you want to connect externally.

Sold in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-core versions, the Mac Pro includes a minimum of 12GB of RAM and 256GB to 1TB of flash storage. A single Mac Pro can power up to three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays at once, boasting four USB 3 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, two Ethernet ports and an HDMI 1.4 port, plus 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4 wireless. You have to supply the monitor(s), keyboard, and mouse or trackpad yourself.

Each new Mac Pro comes standard with dual AMD FirePro graphics cards, but the computer is highly customizable. Even the base model computer is powerful enough for those who need to process large videos, music tracks, and photograph collections, but the real power is in the upgraded models with additional cores, RAM, and storage.

2017 Mac Pro announcements

In early 2017, Apple made a handful of announcements regarding the Mac Pro. The company explained that it is rethinking its Mac Pro approach and plans to unveil a new modular model sometime in the future.  However, the new modular Mac Pro isn’t expected into 2018 at the earliest, with some reports claiming we might be waiting until 2019.

 

Specific details regarding Apple’s new Mac Pro aren’t explicitly clear at this point, but the company seems to have reimagined its plans altogether, which comes as good news for those in the Pro market.

Mac Pro Stories May 10

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Last time I asked the Hackintosh community what they want to see in Apple’s pre-announced modular Mac Pro to find out what could win back the pros that have abandoned Apple’s hardware. This time I’ve asked the pros– iOS and Mac developers, photographers, audio engineers, animators and more– what they want from the promise of a modular Mac, along with the display Apple also announced it’s working on.

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Mac Pro Stories April 14

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The Hackintosh community is probably best described as a group that doesn’t love Apple’s hardware options for pros but would prefer not to give up macOS for Windows or another alternative.

They design their own custom PC builds, and work together to come up with the necessary hacks to get macOS and the software they need running on the machines. Who better to ask what Apple should include in its upcoming modular Mac Pro than the pros it has pushed away?

To find out what Hackintoshers want in the new machine, and maybe what would help bring back some pros that Apple has lost in recent years, we’ve talked to the moderators at one of our favourite Hacktinosh communities, tonymacx86.com.

We also got some input from our own resident Hackintosh enthusiast (and YouTuber) Jeff Benjamin, and some other pros and gamers that have made the jump from Apple’s pro machines to a Hackintosh.

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Mac Pro Stories April 12

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Following Apple’s pre-announcement of a new modular Mac Pro it has in the works, there has been a lot of speculation about how Apple could implement such design changes. Will it stick with a design similar to the current cylinder, aka the trash can? Or perhaps it will return to a more classic Mac tower or box design, or something new entirely, in order to accommodate the machine’s so-called “modular” design that will allow easy upgrades for key components.

Imagining the possibilities, the folks over at Curved.de put together the concept below.

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Mac Pro Stories April 6

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When Apple revealed on Tuesday that the current Mac Pro will not see a major update and instead an all-new modular Mac Pro is being developed, the company stopped short of saying just when that decision was made and how long ago the new project started.

Apple said the modular Mac Pro won’t be available in 2017, but didn’t explicitly promise the new machine would be ready next year. OSNews managing editor Thom Holwerda believes the project actually started “only a few weeks ago” and won’t be complete as soon as we may expect.

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Mac Pro Stories April 4

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In a very uncharacteristic move for Apple, the company today decided to address recent concerns among its pro market and pre-announce an all-new, rethought Mac Pro in the cards for next year at earlierst. Less exciting is the spec bumps that make the current lineup more affordable in the meantime, and the company also added in confirmation that new iMac models are coming later this year. But is Apple’s pre-announcement for new Mac Pros enough to address pro concerns?

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