Apple\u2019s recent Mac event shocked many people by completely omitting anything about the Mac Pro. Many people were waiting for an announcement or at least some kind of signal from Apple that an updated Mac Pro was on the way.\nBut not a single word was said about the Mac Pro by anyone from Apple, and that has left many people wondering if Apple is going to kill the Mac Pro off once and for all.\nMarco Arment even wrote a blog post chillingly titled \u201cA world without the Mac Pro.\u201d Marco\u2019s post illustrated perfectly why Apple and its customers need the Mac Pro and why a world without a Mac Pro could cost Apple some serious mindshare among certain professionals.\nHere\u2019s some of what Marco had to say:\n\nIt\u2019s looking increasingly likely that there will never be another Mac Pro. But there are some things that only a Mac Pro can deliver.\nMore than 4 cores.\nHigh-end GPU power.\nThe most RAM.\nThe freedom of thickness and AC power.\nSilence.\nReliability and longevity.\nApple shouldn\u2019t use the (presumably) low sales of the current Mac Pro to justify discontinuing the line entirely. The 2013 Mac Pro was introduced with a substantial price increase, far less internal expansion, fewer and more expensive processor options, and a forced dual-workstation-GPU configuration even for buyers who would\u2019ve been fine with a single GPU. Then it was abandoned for three years, during which 5K displays finally came to market, but without a good option for Mac Pro buyers.\nThe 2013 Mac Pro was a victim of limited configuration options in a market that values versatility and edge-case handling, poor timing behind the 5K transition, and years-long neglect. A 2017 Mac Pro need not suffer from the same issues, and could sell far better.\nMore at Marco.org\n\nProfessionals need more than just the iMac\nI cannot, for the life of me, understand why Apple has not updated the Mac Pro in three years nor can I understand why the company would possibly kill the Mac Pro off entirely. Having a professional level computer in the Mac lineup is something that should be a given, none of us should be wondering if the company is going to stop offering a product like the Mac Pro.\nNow I know that some folks have suggested the iMac as a replacement for the Mac Pro. I have a 5K iMac, and I love it. It\u2019s a fantastic computer and it works well for what I do. But not everybody can get by with an iMac.\nSome professionals really do need the power of an updated Mac Pro, the iMac just doesn\u2019t cut it for them. The iMac\u2019s mobile GPU, slim form factor and other quirks means that it simply cannot provide the raw computing power that some professionals require to do their work quickly and efficiently.\nSo if Apple wants to keep the mindshare of professional users, it needs to offer a pro computer that runs rings around the iMac. Otherwise the company will see more and more pro users dump the Mac altogether and switch to a PC.\nA $2000 PC kicks the $4000 Mac Pro\u2019s ass\nUnfortunately the current Mac Pro is a fossil in terms of computer power, yet Apple is still selling it for full price on its site. Think I\u2019m kidding about how outdated the Mac Pro is? Then watch this video to see a $2000 custom PC kick the $4000 Mac Pro\u2019s ass in a head to head comparison:\n\n\n \n\n\nThe Mac Pro needs regular updates\nAs you can tell from the video above, the Mac Pro just isn\u2019t worth buying given its price and outdated components. It\u2019s too expensive, and far too slow to even consider buying right now. $4000 for a top of the line Mac Pro is just flushing money down the toilet, given its outdated components.\nLet\u2019s pretend for a moment that Apple is in fact working on a new Mac Pro, and that the company will announce it in the near future. That would make a lot of professional users quite happy in the short term. But what would happen with a new Mac Pro in the long term? Would Apple then ignore it for another three years?\nIf Apple doesn\u2019t kill the Mac Pro and it comes out with a new model then it had better be sure to update the machine regularly. This means that there should be a new Mac Pro at least as often as there are new MacBook Pros and iMacs. Another three year lag between releases just isn\u2019t going to cut it given what we saw in the PC versus Mac Pro comparison in the video above.\nApple needs to release a new Mac Pro soon and then it needs to update it regularly.\nI hope that Apple has a new Mac Pro on the way\nAs disturbing as it was that Apple didn\u2019t mention the Mac Pro at the recent Mac event, I\u2019m hoping that it means the company is working on a serious overhaul of the Mac Pro and that it just wasn\u2019t ready to be announced.\nPerhaps I\u2019m grasping at straws here? Maybe, but I cannot imagine Apple walking away from the Mac Pro completely and killing it outright. It would be a symbolic defeat for the company and would signal to the world that Apple can\u2019t compete in the professional computer market.\nKilling the Mac Pro is unthinkable, and I don\u2019t think Apple will do it.\nDid you miss a post? 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