Good news, creative professionals: Apple is, at long last, going to update the Mac Pro.
Also speaking at the roundtable, and reported by Buzzfeed News, Schiller said: "We are completely rethinking the Mac Pro".
The same model has been in the market for nearly four years now and while the company might have been making innovative changes with other products, Ma Pro remained wanting for attention.
Gruber also learned that new iMacs will be coming this year and that Apple is working on a new display, to replace the retired Cinema Display. Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller talked about how Mac has been growing faster than the PC industry, saying "Last year we had a little bit of a setback, and then this year, back to growth again - growing faster than the industry".
It's not exactly clear how Apple plans to improve the next-generation Mac Pro but John Terns, Apple's VP of hardware engineering, said that they will look at a more flexible design. The lower-end model jumps from from a quad-core Xeon CPU to a 6-core one, and gets dual G500 GPUs (an upgrade over the G300 GPUs), while the step-up model gets an 8-core CPU (up from 6) and dual D800 GPUs (up from the D500). "It's something we plan to keep on doing for a very long time".
The current Mac Pro was introduced in June 3013 and shipped in December of that year.
The last incarnation of the Mac Pro was revealed nearly four years ago now, and it was dramatic in terms of a major redesign with a bold cylindrical form factor, although some referred to the machine as the "trashcan" Mac.
The company is now working to overhaul the Mac Pro, its most powerful computer, but that won't be ready until 2018 at the earliest.
Apple's lack of attention to the Mac Pro and the professional segment has been disappointing, but the design of the computer, in hindsight, was probably a mistake. This was also warmly received by Mac users, especially given that many pro users in recent years have started working more heavily on tricked out Mac systems as opposed to pro-labeled machines such as the Mac Pro and the MacBook Pro.
This all sounds incredibly promising, but neither the all-new Mac Pro or the external monitor that will go on sale alongside it will be available this year. We can give you the specifics on that.
For Apple, adding pro level iMacs to its desktop lineup is more of an inevitability than anything else.