Details On New Mac Pro And MacBook Pro Specs Surface
Reports from the first day of Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be available within few hours. Till then, enjoy this teaser.
MacBooks are expected to dominate WWDC. Some online reports are claiming to have details on the configurations of the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro to be released within hours, considering the time this news report is being written, with specifics on a number of accessories also appearing. However, the list is not complete, as it does not include details on the thinner Retina-display notebook, which is believed to be coming as a third member of the MacBook family, or the MacBook Air.
As previously noted, the Mac Pro is set to arrive in three separate stock configurations. Two configurations would be standard and one would be server. There have long been rumors of a case redesign, but so far only specs of the base models are known.
– Normal configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
– Normal configuration: 2.4GHz 12-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
– Server configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, Two 1TB hard drives
Oddly, the ATI Radeon HD 5770 is the stock graphics card that has been included on the current, nearly two-year old Mac Pro. Apple would be expected to use a much newer graphics card option in its revised machines.
On the MacBook Pro side, online reports point to four stock models, two each in 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch sizes. These machines are thought to be (and expected to be) the upgraded versions of the existing design, lacking a Retina display. Photos of what is claimed to be the graphics hardware on the logic board of the 15-inch MacBook Pro appeared recently. It shows a an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics chip with 1 GB GDDR5 graphics memory.
– 13.3 inch: 2.5GHz dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
– 13.3 inch: 2.9GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive
– 15.4 inch: 2.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
– 15.4 inch: 2.6GHz quad core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive (BTO upgrades to 2.7GHz quad core and 1TB HD will be available)
The online reports noted that the thinner “MacBook Pro” models with a Retina display were still expected to be introduced. Few days ago, an analyst report specifically claimed that thinner MacBook Pros would be arriving alongside the existing MacBook Pro form factor for the time being. However, details on the new Retina-capable notebook do, remain unknown. The MacBook Air is also expected to be gaining an update at WWDC, and details on those models are not yet available.
Apple will also be releasing a number of new accessories, and the online reports indicate that these will include an updated AirPort Express, new USB SuperDrive, and a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter. Apple may also be revising its MagSafe power connection standard, with new accessories related to that change making an appearance.
Many people have noted that that the inclusion of an old graphics card on the Mac Pro a strange detail, but the listed processors do not even exist at the appropriate price and performance points in the Sandy Bridge E Xeon E5 line of Intel processors that Apple is expected to use. 9to5Mac’s pre-launch spec sources have generally been very accurate in recent years, but they appear to be off this time as far as Mac Pro models are concerned.
Source: Mac Rumors