The Mac Pro has been sitting in a forgotten corner of the Apple campus, relatively untouched for the last two years. And who can blame Apple for focusing on the iPad and iPhone when the Mac Pro just hasn’t been selling all that well.
Last summer Apple did throw a two year-old Intel Xeon E5645 chip into the monstrous beast, but that just pissed Mac Pro fans off even more, so Tim Cook sent an email out reassuring customers that a new Mac Pro will be coming in 2013. OS X Mountain Lion has a few internal configuration files for the new Mac Pro, and the latest OS X 10.8.3 beta also hints that the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series might be coming to the Mac Pro in 2013 as well.
The AMD Radeon HD 7900 series includes both the Radeon HD 7970 and 7950. Both of those graphic cards have 3GB of GDDR5 memory and utilize a 28-nanometer chip manufacturing process.
As the first graphics cards to feature AMD’s “Graphics Core Next” compute architecture, they’re the type of powerhouse graphics cards professionals would want in the updated Mac Pro, so there’s probably some significant validity behind this hint, but we’ll have to wait and see what Apple reveals in 2013.