Apple: "New" Mac Pro Is No Longer New
As noticed by @setteBIT earlier today, Apple appears to have changed its mind in regards to putting a "New" label on its online Store next to the "new" Mac Pro that was silently updated yesterday. As shown in the screenshot above, only the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines are now indicated as "New" (recently updated) to customers; yesterday, as MacRumors points out and we noticed prior to writing about the update, Apple had decided to put a New tag next to Mac Pro in spite of its minimal hardware changes.
It's not just about the wild rumors that had been circulating ahead of WWDC -- the "new" Mac Pro really isn't much of an upgrade after two years. As Marco Arment wrote:
After two years, the Mac Pro was “updated” today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now. That’s about it.
No Xeon E5 CPUs, no USB 3, no Thunderbolt. They’re even shipping the same two-year-old graphics cards. Same motherboard, slightly different CPU options from 2010. That’s it.
Below, a comparison image we posted yesterday to compare the "new" Mac Pro to the "old" Mac Pro.
Official Mac Pro specs are available here.