Apple Unveils The 2012 Mac Pro, Still No Thunderbolt

Apple Unveils The 2012 Mac Pro, Still No Thunderbolt

Apple announced a lot of things from the stage at WWDC today, but there was nothing said about the future of the Mac Pro. Rumors speculated that Apple would be updating the two-year-old workhorse today, and the 2012 Mac Pro has just appeared on Apple’s website.

While the physical design of the machine has stayed the same, Apple has upgraded the Mac Pro’s specs: 3.06GHz Intel Xeon X5675 processors, new ATI Radeon HD graphic cards, four 3.5-inch drive bays for up to 8TB of storage, and 2 SuperDrives. A big disappointment is that Apple hasn’t added Thunderbolt I/O or USB 3.0 to the 2012 Mac Pro.

The easy-access interior of the Mac Pro feels like the well-organized workstation it is. No rat’s nest of components here. You don’t need to turn the system on its side or struggle to reach into awkward spaces to make changes. Just remove the side panel for instant access to everything. Slide out the processor tray to add memory. Slide out drive bays to add storage. Slide a simple bar to change up to four expansion cards at once. And with plenty of I/O ports both front and back, you’ll have room for all your external devices.

The new base model Mac Pro starts at $2,499 for a single quad-core Intel Xeon W3565 processor clocked at 3.2GHz.

More information is available on Apple’s website.

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  • Chris Cleath

    No Thunderbolt, No USB 3.0, No Bluetooth 4.0… Just a speed bump?

  • nygrocks

    ERG!!!!!! WHY NO USB 3.0 AND THUNDER BOLT?????

  • Andre Reis de Carvalho

    What about the iMac???

  • ofekFX

    Give me a new iMac..!!!!.!..!!!!!…!!

    I’ve been waiting for it like yearsssssss
  • Yurgen Zhogov

    maybe i’m getting cached page but i can’t see nothing new!

  • drblank

    From what it looks like, to me, it seems as though the webmaster screwed up and put a NEW moniker on the MacPro too soon.

    I think they’ll make the formal announcement of all desktops at the same time.
  • Cesar Lara Franco

    I am one of the thousands of pro users who would have bought a mac pro today but this update its a shame i can’t believe that they are using the same specs from two years ago.

  • drblank

    Give me a new iMac..!!!!.!..!!!!!…!!

    I’ve been waiting for it like yearsssssss

    They announced a new iMac last year.  Just wait a little longer, they are updating all of the desktops at once.  Apple does this all of the time.  iPods at once,   iPhones at once, laptops at once, desktops at once is what I feel Apple is doing.  Some of the chips from Intel haven’t shipped in big enough quantity and Apple likes to have at least something to ship at the time of announcement if they can. 

  • Samuraiartguy

    Utter frackin’ “Meh”. Two years and no new tech. Weak.

    So no Thunderbolt, No USB3, No Bluetooth 4, No eSATA, same half ass graphics cards. Sad. 0.2 GHz and 2 cores more is hardly worth clearing your throat and arguing for a trade in.

    It’s possible that the Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 processors didn’t ship in time (over a year delayed) for Apple to get them into production, or managed to solve the question of the shared Data/Video in Thunderbolt, and pro users needing to attach thrid party displays or upgraded graphics cards. So trotted out this tired update to tide us over…

    Don’t hold your breath, folks. But at least it still has optical drive bays!  Sorry, too easy…

  • David Fulero

    The graphics cards were not upgraded, just fyi.

  • Tallest_Skil

    NOTHING of any worth whatsoever changed AT ALL.

  • JonathanRWegner

    No Thunderbolt is a slap in the face to professionals. Apple is so gonna kill the MacPro. 

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