Apple, normally secretive to a fault and allergic to talking about future products before it considers them ready, summoned a small group of journalists from outlets including TechCrunch and Mashable to its headquarters earlier this month to tell them that the Mac Pro will once again be completely redesigned.
Apple acknowledges that the new Mac Pro design will be "modular," which could mean anything but hopefully at least means that users will be able to swap out their own drives and GPUs if they want.
Apple says that the current Mac Pro's design ended up being too thermally limited and inflexible.
Apple also broke out a few stats for its Mac lineup to demonstrate that sales are still healthy, overall: the user base is approaching 100 million users (for reference, Apple sold 212 million iPhones in 2016 alone, and that was a "bad" year), notebooks represent 80 percent of sales and desktops just 20 percent, and the new design has driven MacBook Pro sales specifically up 20 percent year over year.
The base $2,999 model will now include a 6-core CPU, FirePro D500 GPUs, and 16GB of RAM, while the $3,999 option steps up to an 8-core CPU and D700 GPUs with the same amount of RAM.