HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple has revealed that it will launch its overhauled Mac Pro desktop computer this autumn, according to a teaser ad for the cylindrical glossy black tower shown in the US over the weekend.
According to widespread reports the ad was shown in movie theatres across the nation and ends with the line "Fall 2013", giving users a more tangible release date on the previous hint Apple gave at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WDCC) in June, when it said just "later this year".
We've asked Apple for a more precise release date but we have yet to hear back and aren't getting our hopes up.
The updated Mac Pro is said to be much smaller than the last model, measuring just 9.9in high and offering much more power, thanks to an Intel Xeon E5 processor that supports up to 12 cores.
There's also word that ithe desktop will feature AMD Firepro workstation class GPUs and 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM that can deliver up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth, along with two thunderbolt ports. The Mac Pro is expected to use PCI Express based flash storage for much faster read and write times.
Touted by Apple to be "the most radical Mac yet", the Mac Pro is said to have 4K rendering capabilities, so it will probably appeal to workers in the film industry.
There's no word on pricing yet, but we can expect that it won't come cheap.
It's likely that more information will be announced along with the next iPhone, tipped to be announced at a launch event rumoured for the 10 September, two days short of a year after last year's iPhone unveiling that took place in San Francisco on 12 September. µ
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