Major Mac overhaul imminent, says Apple

by Haadi Bakar
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Just to get it out of the way before I start updating you all with another round of Apple news: I’m not an Apple loyalist or fanboy, nor am I getting paid by Apple to bombard you with everything that’s related to the fruit company.

I’m typing this article on an old 2011 Mac Mini and never have I owned an iMac or a Macbook Pro because I’m a frugal Apple user (though i’ve recently switched to an iPhone 7 Plus because I was sold by the camera alone, but that’s a story for another day).

This week we’ve been getting a lot of Apple announcements that I myself could not ignore. The biggest buzz which came out earlier today is on the tech giant’s ambitious plans to beef up performance on its entire Mac desktop computers, which I think should please the Pro users.

It’s a much needed boost of confidence on Apple’s Mac line as the company’s ‘professional’ customers have been complaining about how much of a downgrade the Mac lineups have been in recent years in comparison with the current competition (and no, Apple, you’re not going to convince your professional customers to get an iPad Pro).

So Apple is going back to the drawing board with its Macs. First off, the company said they’re going to revamp the Mac Pro. The cylindrical Mac Pro, which has turned into an online meme for looking like a little black trash-can, hasn’t seen a design refresh since its debut in 2013, and spec-wise, it’s also long overdue for an upgrade.

The good news is that while Apple is working on redesigning the Mac Pro, the company is also reconfiguring its existing Mac Pro with faster processors, newer graphics chips and more memory.

This 2017 Mac Pro, which can be had for an entry-level price of $2,999, gives you a 6-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs and 16GB of memory, while the $3,999 option offers an 8-core processor and dual D7000 GPUs.

Meanwhile, The iconic all-in-one iMacs are also being considered by Apple to get a major performance upgrade that would see them cater more for Pro users, seeing as how pro users are increasingly using iMacs for professional work (because trash-can Mac Pro), particularly the top-of-the-line 27-inch iMacs with Retina Display.

Pro users are increasingly using iMacs for professional work in recent times. Image courtesy of Apple.

But knowing Apple and its war against the ‘gorilla arms’ syndrome, I doubt we will see touchscreen iMacs anytime soon. That means Microsoft still has another fighting chance with the Surface Studio later this year.

Finally, Apple also revealed it plans to bring back its own monitor, possibly a 5K resolution display. Currently, Apple is helping LG promote the South Korean company’s Ultrafine 5K display, which Apple markets the product as the best monitors to be used with their new Macbook Pros that were released late last year.

Of course, like Apple’s old Cinema Displays in the past, it’s going to be one hell of a pricey computer monitor.

Expect a lot of these major Mac upgrades to be ready for the market by 2018.

In the meantime, enjoy this 2013 throwback:

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