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Mac Pro 2022: everything we know

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The new 2022 Mac Pro hasn’t had as much buzz as the new 2022 MacBook Air and Apple M2 chip, but when it comes to Apple’s rumors and speculation, we can at least say that a new Powerful Apple work is on the way, possibly as early as June 6, 2022, at WWDC 2022.

It miraculously comes from the notoriously low-key Apple itself, with Apple’s senior vice president for hardware engineering John Ternus teasing the new workstation towards the very end of the Apple Peek Performance event. in March.

Speaking of Mac Studio and Studio Display, Ternus says (opens in a new tab)“And they join the rest of our amazing Mac lineup with Apple Silicon, making our transition almost complete, with just one more product: Mac Pro, but that’s for another day.”

That other day may finally have arrived, so let’s dive into everything we know about the new 2022 Mac Pro.

Mac Pro 2022: getting straight to the point

  • What is that? Apple’s next-generation workstation computer for production and industrial users
  • How much will it cost? We don’t know, but it will certainly be significantly more expensive than the Mac Studio, which starts at $3,999 / £3,999 / AU$7,599 and maxes out at $7,999 / £7,999 / AU$12,099.
  • When did he come out? We expect an announcement as early as June 6, 2022 during WWDC 2022, but it may be several weeks or months after that before the workstation itself ships, possibly until September 2022 .

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Mac Pro 2022: release date

We can’t say when the Apple Mac Pro 2022 will be released, but we expect there to be an announcement of the new workstation-class desktop at WWDC 2022 and a pre-order period starting soon after. . When the 2022 Mac Pro will actually ship is another matter, although renowned Apple researcher Majin Bu claims that some supply chain sources indicate a ship date of September 2022 (opens in a new tab).

This would be in line with what we saw with the 2019 Mac Pro, which was announced at WWDC 2019 in June but didn’t ship until December 2019.

But we know it’s coming. Apple’s Ternus confirmed this at the Apple Peek Performance event, although he didn’t give a timeframe for release beyond “another day”. Will that day be Monday, June 6, 2022? We certainly hope so.

Mac Pro 2022: Price

We don’t know where Apple will price the new 2022 Mac Pro, but we certainly expect it to start somewhere in the $6,000/£6,000/AU$9,000 range and go up from there. as you increase the amount of RAM, storage, with an option (most likely) to increase the number of GPU cores.

Part of the difficulty with Mac Pro pricing is that, unlike most other Apple devices, the Mac Pro is much more modular than your typical Mac. Most consumer and enterprise Mac devices have several configuration options, but these are mostly limited to a choice of processor step (Apple M1 Pro vs. M1 Max in the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021), for example, with different options for number of GPU cores in some cases, amount of RAM, and amount of storage.

The 2019 Mac Pro, meanwhile, had a much more comprehensive list of configuration options ranging from an 8-core Intel Xeon processor to a 24-core Intel processor, 32GB to 1.5TB of DDR4 ECC memory. staggering, and ten different options for AMD. Radeon graphics cards, ranging from a Radeon Pro W5500X with 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM to two Radeon Pro W6900X graphics cards with 32 GB of GDDR6 VRAM each.

The six storage options range from a 512GB SSD all the way up to an 8TB SSD. You also have the option of installing an Apple Afterburner Card for faster decoding of ProRes and ProRes RAW video codecs in captured applications. supported such as Final Cut X, adding $2000/£2000/AU$3000.

All of this means that the cheapest 2019 Mac Pro model will set you back $5,999 / £5,499 / AU$9,999, while the most expensive configuration will set you back $53,799 / £53,299 / AU$81,699. No matter how much VC funding your startup or studio has, that’s a lot of money. And that’s not even taking into account the additional screens and peripherals needed to use the workstation.

The big mystery of a 2022 Mac Pro is that Apple is looking to completely move away from third-party silicon, especially Intel Xeon processors and AMD Radeon GPUs. It remains to be seen how configurable the new Mac Pro 2022 will be in light of this.

Mac Pro 2022: specs and performance

Mac Pro 2022: specs and performance

The new Apple Mac Pro 2022 will most likely be the powerhouse of a workstation, thanks to the M1 Ultra. And given the interconnect technology used by Apple to produce the M1 Ultra, it’s entirely possible, if not likely, that the 2022 Mac Pro (at least for high-end configurations) will be powered by two M1 Ultra chips. operating in a unified fashion, rather than in parallel or tandem like many other multiprocessor systems.

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It could be an extremely powerful workstation, but how will it compare to the 2019 Mac Pro? That remains to be seen. The Intel Xeon W processor in this workstation could support up to 1536 GB of DDR4 RAM, which is essential for handling creative content workflows.

If the rumor that the Mac Pro will come with two married M1 Ultras, in the same way that the M1 Ultra is made up of two M1 Max chips connected via an interconnect bridge, is true, then the Mac Pro (2022) might not exceed that 256 GB of unified memory.

Only? Did we just say “only 256 GB”? We must be spoiled.

Still, if the Mac Pro comes with two M1 Ultras together, the memory bandwidth of the Mac Pro 2022 could more than compensate for the lower physical memory than its predecessor.

Digging deeper, assuming we’ll be able to get a 2×48-core and 2×64-core GPU on the Mac Pro’s Dual Ultra CPU, you’re looking at a 40-core CPU, 96-128-core GPU, and engine 64-core neural in the new 2022 Mac Pro.

Honestly, we don’t even know how to quantify that kind of potential yet, but it makes us more excited than ever to see what Apple has in store for us.