4 Reasons to Wait for the 2018 Mac Pro, 3 Reasons Not To

The current Mac Pro was updated in 2017, but there are several major reasons to wait for the 2018 Mac Pro, or whatever Apple calls the new Mac Pro that we expect in the next year.

Professional users looking for the best Mac to power creative applications like Final Cut, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, Illustrator and other demanding applications are ready for a new Apple desktop, but it’s still not the best time to buy one. If you are in that camp, and you cannot wait, you should look at the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro.

Here’s what you need to know about buying the Mac Pro today, and waiting for the new Mac Pro release date before you upgrade.

Reasons to buy the 2017 Mac Pro and the reasons to wait for the 2018 Mac Pro.
Reasons to buy the 2017 Mac Pro and the reasons to wait for the 2018 Mac Pro.

The current Mac Pro is starts at $2,799 with a 6-core Intel processor and dual AMD FirePro D500 GPU with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM. The $3,699 Mac Pro comes with an 8-core Intel processor and dual AMD FirePro D700 GPU with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.

Apple has not upgraded the design since the Mac Pro introduction, and there are no USB C or ThunderBolt 3 connections. The current model, upgraded in 2017 is a small spec bump only.

Apple confirmed an all new Mac Pro and professional displays in the pipeline. Phil Schiller, Apple marketing chief, told Daring Fireball,

“With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call “completely rethinking the Mac Pro.” We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers. “

Apple did not commit to a 2018 Mac Pro, but there is a good amount of hope that this new Mac Pro Apple is talking about will come in 2018, and is not a product that is years away. At the latest, you can expect the new Mac Pro in 2019.

This new Mac Pro includes a new design that can handle the demands of professional users as well as make a base for easier upgrades to components, so you won’t need to buy a new Mac Pro to get a faster computer.

There are many reasons to wait for the 2018 Mac Pro, or even a reason to buy an older model. Here are the reasons to wait for the 2018 Mac Pro;

  1. You Want a Modular Design & Upgradeable Mac Pro
  2. Wait for Better Performance
  3. USB C and Thunderbolt 3
  4. You Own a MacBook Pro

Here’s a look at the reasons to buy the Mac Pro today and the reasons to wait for the 2018 Mac Pro with a new modular design.

You Want a Modular Design & Upgradeable Mac Pro

You Want a Modular Design & Upgradeable Mac Pro

If you don't like the trashcan design of the Mac Pro, you can wait for a new modular design that will offer a more upgradeable experience. 

The current Mac Pro design offers only minor upgradability as the industry shifted directions away from Apple's vision for a professional Mac. 

Schiller called the 2018 Mac Pro design modular, which means you will be able to upgrade more of the machine, adding life to your investment. This is different from the MacBook Pro design that leaves practically no upgradeable components after the machine leaves Apple. 

If you want a Mac Pro that looks different and that offers a longer life through more upgradable components, you need to wait for the new Mac Pro design and upgrade. 

One Comment

  1. Jim Boarman

    04/04/2017 at 11:24 pm

    My god Adam, here you go again. Please just be an editor, and don’t write any tech articles. You can’t even come up with your own headlines. You always an original article title. You always use the same old sh#t.

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