The next Mac Pro won’t arrive until 2019

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The Mac Pro is being
The Mac Pro is being "completely rethought."
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Professional Mac users holding out for the next Mac Pro are going to have to wait at least another year.

After revealing in 2017 that it was completely redesigning the Mac Pro, some fans held out hope that the new Mac Pro would come out by 2018. That’s not going to happen though. In a series of interviews, Apple executives revealed that the new Mac Pro will be a 2019 product.

Apple rarely comments about upcoming products, but it’s taken a different tune with its upcoming Mac Pro upgrade. Professionals have felt left out of the upgrade cycle the last few years as Apple hasn’t upgraded the Mac Pro since 2012.

2019 Mac Pro

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year,” said Tom Boger, Senior Director of Mac Hardware Product Marketing, in an interview with Techcrunch. “We know that there’s a lot of customers today that are making purchase decisions on the iMac Pro and whether or not they should wait for the Mac Pro.”

So if you’ve been holding off on the iMac Pro because you’re worried a new Mac Pro is coming out in a few months, go ahead and pull the trigger.

Apple teased a bit of new info on the Mac Pro today as well. The shape hasn’t been revealed. But Apple’s collaborating with pros to nail down a modular design that makes sense.

Instead of creating a big powerful hardware machine, the company is taking a more holistic approach to find out what professionals really need. To do that, they’ve hired some of the top creators in diverse fields to see how they work.

“We’ve been focusing on visual effects and video editing and 3D animation and music production as well,” says Apple’s John Ternus. “And we’ve brought in some pretty incredible talent, really masters of their craft. And so they’re now sitting and building out workflows internally with real content and really looking for what are the bottlenecks. What are the pain points. How can we improve things. And then we take this information where we find it and we go into our architecture team and our performance architects and really drill down and figure out where is the bottleneck. Is it the OS is it in the drivers is it in the application is it in the silicon and then run it to ground to get it fixed.”