The highly anticipated M2-equipped Mac Pro is still a ways off from being released to the public. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that multiple factors have contributed to the postponement of the ultra-high-end desktop PC. According to the rumour, Apple is working on an M2 Ultra chip for the Mac that will be the next generation.
Due to the premium nature of the product, powerful features should be anticipated. Bloomberg reports that the model can support up to 192 GB of RAM, 76 graphics processors, and 24 CPU cores.
Previous rumours had predicted that the Mac Pro’s chipset will feature up to 48 CPU cores and 152 graphics cores, thus this is a significant downgrade in performance. This is presumably done to keep the price down for consumers, as the added power would put the PC well over the $10,000 mark.
What else could be causing this holdup? Apple appears to be shifting production from Texas to Vietnam. Recent Mac Pros have been completed in Austin, but China has always produced the majority of their essential components. That is to say, production will stay on track in China, but the assembly process will shift to Vietnam.
It has been reported by Bloomberg that Apple is really producing new M2-equipped Mac Mini variants, and that improved MacBook Pros would be released in the first quarter of 2019. There will be delays with the new Apple Silicon iMac Pro, too.
The rumour claims that Apple would release a new Pro Display XDR as well as “several additional external monitors,” suggesting that the company remains committed to the monitor market. The semiconductors in these displays are likely to be manufactured by Apple and called Apple Silicon.