The re­turn of the Mac Pro and Ap­ple dis­play

A cer­tainty for 2019 is a new–look mod­u­lar Mac and screen

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

Ap­ple confirmed in April that a re­place­ment for 2013’s ‘trash can’ Mac Pro would ar­rive in 2019. It seems likely to be later in the year. Se­nior VP of mar­ket­ing Phil Schiller had al­ready re­vealed that plans were for a ‘mod­u­lar sys­tem’ and ‘a dis­play’.

That would be the first Ap­ple mon­i­tor since 2011’s Thun­der­bolt Dis­play, dis­con­tin­ued in 2016. The Ap­ple Store cur­rently of­fers LG’s Ul­traFine Dis­plays, with sim­i­lar pan­els to the iMac’s 4K and 5K Retina screens. They hardly need im­prov­ing, but with cin­ema pro­duc­tion mov­ing to 8K HDR, a big­ger, sharper screen for the high end isn’t un­think­able.

As for the Mac Pro, Ap­ple has vowed to ditch its com­pact de­sign for one that meets di­verse needs, im­ply­ing flex­i­ble con­fig­u­ra­tion. Like the iMac Pro, it’ll prob­a­bly use In­tel Xeon W chips, now of­fer­ing up to 28 cores, although AMD’s Threadripper is a cred­i­ble ri­val. Some users would pre­fer Nvidia graph­ics pro­ces­sors, but so far Ap­ple looks like it's stick­ing with AMD’s Radeon.

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