If you're looking to order the new Mac Pro, you should be aware that shipping estimates from Apple have just slipped to April worldwide. This comes approximately three weeks after shipping estimates slipped from February to March. While this doesn't necessarily mean that supply is getting worse, it does seem to show that Apple is having a hard time catching up with the demand on the most powerful Mac it has ever made.
Of course, as we mentioned recently, you can order the Mac Pro from B&H Photo and get it shipped much, much sooner (and tax free as well in most areas!) Go to the Mac Pro page and choose to be notified when they are in stock - B&H seems to get models in a couple times per week.
If you're wondering if the cost is worth it, be sure to check out our full Mac Pro review.
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Apple has revealed more details about the new Intel Xeon-powered Mac Pro at today's Apple iPad event. The new, small cylinder relies solely on PCIe flash that sees 1.2/GB/s reads and 1.0GB/s writes, with six Thunderbolt 2 ports and AMD FirePro graphics with up to 12GB of GDDR VRAM. The Mac Pro can support up to three 4K displays over Thunderbolt plus an additional over HDMI (it supports HDMI 1.4.) Four USB 3.0 ports, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a motion sensor round out the main features. It starts at $2999 for a 3.7GHz Quad-core Xeon, 12GB RAM, and launches in December.
It wouldn't be a weekend without a brand-new Apple rumor to feast upon. And today's no exception: According to Cnet's Brian Tong, unidentified sources have told him that Apple's going to launch an upgraded Mac Pro and Mac mini this fall.
Details on the configurations are scant, save for the two obvious upgrades that Apple would want to put in a refreshed system line: Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt connections. The timeline for the systems is a little nebulous as well—the systems could appear in late July or early August, though Tong claims that an August launch is the more likely scenario. Expect the refreshed systems to feature Mac's latest operating system iteration, OS X Lion.
Tong's source is allegedly the same individual that correctly predicted an early May refresh of Apple's iMac line—lo and behold, new iMacs sporting Intel's quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt support hit stores on May 3.
The boys over at ZDNet are reporting that they’ve been hearing whispers that Apple is set to debut an overhaul to the Mac Pro professional desktop line, packing in a six-core Intel Core i7-980x processor, as soon as this coming Tuesday, March 16th. They’re saying it should have a 3.33GHz 6 core/12 thread processor (that goes to up 3.6 GHz with TurboBoost,) 32nm architecture, and Socket LGA1366 130W TDP. In a nutshell, throw this chip into a Mac Pro with some updated internals, and you have one hell of a machine.
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Intel has revealed its new dual-core processors for high-end servers using more than four chips, the Intel Xeon 7100 Series. The units, although based on the outdated NetBurst microarchitecture, still offer relatively strong performance as well as power efficiency. The chips, built on the 65nm process, includes all of the features expected on Intel processors such as hyperthreading, virtualization, and Intel cache safe technology. The clock speed vary on different models, ranging from 2.60Ghz to 3.40Ghz, though all feature 2MB of L2 cache. The Xeon 7100’s are directed at enterprise customers. Admittedly, Intel has done an excellent job lately with their new technologies and processors. Looks like it’s time for AMD to play catch up.
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