You’re going to trigger @Colstan
My problem with most of the speculation concerning the Apple Silicon Mac Pro is that it violates Hyman's Categorical Imperative: Do not try to explain something until you are sure there is something to be explained.
This is particularly bad over at MacRumors, where even @leman
, the most patient poster on planet Earth, got sick of it in one discussion and essentially said, "I'm trying to be serious, there are plenty of fantasy threads you can go speculate in". The most fascinating thing about the Mac Pro isn't what it is, it's what it isn't, and many nerds have used it as an excuse for fantasy booking their own personal dream machine. I'll give two examples.
First, this should seem obvious, but it's constantly brought up: The argument is "Apple has to make the Mac Pro fast enough to beat an RTX 4090". If having the fastest GPU in the world inside of the Mac Pro is necessary, then Apple would have made nice with Nvidia and make their latest and greatest graphics cards available inside the Mac Pro already. Apple stopped shipping Nvidia drivers with macOS Mojave and has shown no interest in doing business with them for some time now.
Instead, Apple has put minimum effort into third-party GPU drivers, with support for only some of the AMD 6000-series GPUs, none of the 6000-series refresh, and thus far, zero support for 7000-series. We already have a public indicator of where Apple is headed, namely in gaming. While the Mac Pro is not intended to be a gaming machine, those cards could certainly be used with any Mac inside of an eGPU. Thus far, despite some AMD cards supporting Metal 3, all of the new computer games that are exclusive to the Mac App Store (such as Resident Evil Village) are Apple Silicon only. Apple is all but telling us directly that third-party GPUs are a thing of the past; they've been telegraphing that since Apple Silicon was announced. The M-series weren't just about replacing the CPU, but the GPU, as well.
Second, this being my personal favorite of fantasy booking, is that Apple is going to release another Xeon model of the Mac Pro. Thankfully, nobody here at TechBoards thinks this. There are a couple dozen hanger-ons over at MR that still hope for another x86 Mac Pro; enthusiast types that won't let go of the Intel era. I got pilloried by them for politely suggesting that they plan for the future. Instead, they claim that the delay in the Apple Silicon version is evidence that Apple will change their minds and release another Xeon model. (Never mind the fact that they'd simply be kicking the bucket down the road by one generation.)
There's been a lot of wish casting with the Apple Silicon Mac Pro, until it gets warped to the point that, in some user's imaginations, Apple has effectively made a PC clone (at a cheaper price, no less). Every indication we have, in technical, marketing, and business terms have shown otherwise. When all wishes run dry, and the genie doesn't manifest, they'll expect another apology tour; an apology that will never come. But I suppose hope springs eternal, and denial ain't just a river in Africa.
I realize that, in five years time, there will still be folks asking for Boot Camp support, third-party graphics cards, eGPU compatibility, a switch back to Intel, even a switch to Ryzen, and all manner of other legacy trappings of the bygone x86 era, but at least the speculation on that for future products will be behind us. I'll be glad when Apple finally announces the damn thing so that I don't have to listen to that nonsense anymore, or see articles from ostensibly reputable news publications feeding into those notions.
Well, you just triggered @Colstan
for me right there.
Oh, oops, I did it again.