After two years, the Mac Pro was “updated” today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now.
That’s about it.
No Xeon E5 CPUs, no USB 3, no Thunderbolt. They’re even shipping the same two-year-old graphics cards. Same motherboard, slightly different CPU options from 2010. That’s it.
The message is clear: Apple doesn’t give a shit about the Mac Pro.
Since the Mac Pros were just “updated”, they probably won’t be updated again for a while. So what should Mac Pro buyers do? The 6-core 3.33 GHz model is now “only” $3000, a $700 reduction from its release two years ago. But it’s also $3000 for two-year-old technology. (The 12-core 2.66 GHz model is still $5000, just like two years ago.)
I bet this is the last Mac Pro. If you wanted to kill a product line, an “update” like today’s would be a good way to clear out parts and keep selling to a few desperate buyers for a bit longer without any real investment.
This is pathetic.