Now that Apple has updated all of its Intel Macs with M1 and M2 chips save one, we naturally assume that the Mac Pro will get an update this year, possibly at a spring event or WWDC . But maybe it’s not that straightforward.
After many disappointing rumors and almost no sign that a new model is coming, Apple seems to be committed to the Mac Pro in the real transition to Apple silicon. But the comments made by Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of global product sales, in an interview with India Today, were less encouraging. While he said that Apple has “a clear intention to switch completely to Apple silicon,” he did not imply that this is something that will happen soon or even this year, which only makes no clear statement: “We’ve been very clear from the beginning that our goal is to bring our entire product line to Apple silicon. And that’s something we want to do.”
While we don’t expect Borchers to release the release date of the M2 Mac Pro, that’s not a convincing statement. Plus, after rounds of rumors saying the Mac Pro isn’t as fast or expandable as people expected, you’d think he’d use the opportunity to reassure Mac Pro users that Apple is allocating of his time on the new model to ensure this. provides the power and performance they need. However, he quickly changed the subject.
“We strongly believe that Apple silicon can power and transform experiences from MacBook Air to Mac Studio,” he said when asked about the Mac Pro. That clearly and carefully leaves out the Mac Pro, and also means that Apple doesn’t really know where or if the Mac Pro will fit into the new Apple silicon lineup.
Apple is expected to update the Mac Pro with an overclocked M2 Ultra chip with a 24-core CPU and 76-core GPU. However, it will reportedly not be available for RAM or GPU upgrades, making it a very different machine than what is currently on offer.
Later in the interview, Borchers says “It’s important to reiterate that customers buy products, not chips,” which seems to indicate that the Mac Pro is at a crossroads. If Apple silicon can’t deliver the product people want, the chip doesn’t matter, and Apple seems well aware of that conundrum as the wait for the new Mac Pro continues.