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New evidence suggests Mac Pro updates next week [U]

updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed June 6, 2012

Stock pulled from stores, new part numbers appear

(Updated with MacNN store checks) Two different reports suggest that Apple may in fact be planning to update the Mac Pro next week. MacRumors says it has learned that Apple began pulling Mac Pro stock from retail stores several weeks ago, although staff were told to inform customers they could still buy the computer online. Many stores are said to be out of stock available for in-store pickup; some stores cite availability on June 8 or 9, while others mention the 12 or the 13. Apple Stores are also allegedly holding secret "overnight" meetings on the 12, though whether that might be connected to the Mac Pro is unknown.

Meanwhile, sources for 9to5Mac say they have obtained US part numbers for the new Mac Pros. Pricing is said to be similar to the current Mac Pro lineup, but likely with just three configurations instead of four: two general-purpose models and a server option.

Apple last updated the Mac Pro in July 2010, making it one of the company's most neglected products. Some earlier rumors suggested that it might in fact be discontinued, since it earns less profit for Apple than most other Macs, much less the iPhone or the iPad. At the same time, the Pro serves some specific needs for professionals and businesses, particularly in the wake of the Xserve's demise.

Update: Calls to by MacNN to several Apple Stores found that all but one had stock of all Mac Pro models, which may contradict MacRumors' claim.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gosh I was wrong!

    "MacRumors says it has learned that Apple began pulling Mac Pro stock from retail stores several weeks ago, although staff were told to inform customers they could still buy the computer online"

    "sources for 9to5Mac say they have obtained US part numbers for the new Mac Pros"

    Hmmm... Nowhere is Apple clearly stating their intentions in these "reliable sources"

    Bah, it's Apple; rumors are more than enough to make purchasing decisions on critical studio tools!

    I'll just sell the dual Xeon 16 core anchor I bought from Dell last November (for close to the same price of a current 12 core Mac Pro) on eBay along that Premiere c***, and re-educate my staff on the hidden goodness of Final Cut Pro X and the very wise demise of "Save As"

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I pity

    anyone who has to work for you.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think you should seek professional help.

  1. facebook_Craig

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2012


    about time

    Its about time that these things get updated. While my current (2008?) mac pro keeps (mostly) reliably chugging along, Its time to upgrade. I'd be happy with something like a mac mini if it had ability for more ram and a decent graphics card (I don't particularly need the pci card slots). IMacs are no good for many of us that need professional graphics monitors!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Honestly folk,

    What is the deal here? Someone expresses a valid observation of the situation and you harsh on them like they're lying or defaming your grandma. Relax. If Arne's concerns were addressed, everyone would in fact feel more comfortable moving forward, no? sheesh.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @Flying Meat

    There is a big difference between a valid observation and Arn's constant whining about the Mac Pro on every Apple related thread for more than a year now. He constantly ruminate the same things over and over again and bitching on just about everything, I fail to see anything constructive in is observation between he sold is 6 month old Dell computer, he don't like Adobe Premiere nor than Final Cut. That is why he should seek professional help to pass his anger on other and more constructive things than crying like a 2 years old baby for something he want and cannot have.

  1. Nigel2112

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple website

    Go to Apple's "Pro" web page.
    The pro stories are from 2009 and the site lists Final Cut Studio (discontinued) Logic Studio (discontinued) and the "New" Mac Pro.
    To say Apple is no longer interested in the professional market is a gross understatement.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sorry, I did not mean to cause a fight

    your comment

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