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According to Mark Gurman’s Sunday newsletter, Power On, Apple’s latest update to the Mac Pro line will feature the same design as the 2019 model, which has been dubbed the “cheese grater” due to its distinct look. The design has been met with mixed reactions, with some loving it and others hating it.
Despite customer feedback, it appears that someone at Apple is a fan of the design, as it will be making a comeback. Gurman notes in Power On that he is slightly disappointed by the design choice, as it will lack one key feature from the Intel version: user-upgradeable RAM.
The memory will be tied directly to the M2 Ultra’s motherboard, but there will be two SSD storage slots for graphics, media, and networking cards.
Gurman also mentions that the RAM will not be upgradeable due to the nature of Apple silicon architecture via the upcoming M2 Ultra. However, he doubts that anyone buying a new Mac Pro would realistically need a RAM upgrade anyway.
Despite this, the new Mac Pro is still shaping up to be a powerhouse, even with Apple canceling its plans for the highest-end model.
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The company originally planned for a configuration featuring 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU cores but scrapped the idea when they realized engineering costs would skyrocket and the purchasing price for consumers could reach $10,000 or more.
With that in mind, it’s clear that the new Mac Pro will still be a formidable machine, even if it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the original concept.