The new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini were all announced at WWDC 2021
It has been an exciting few months for Apple fans, as the company announced three new products in 2021 – the new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini. Although these products were initially slated for release in late 2022, they were all delayed until 2023 due to unexpected production delays.
Nevertheless, let’s take a closer look at all three new machines and what each has to offer.
New Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini all delayed until 2023
WWDC 2021 was held virtually from June 7–11, 2021. At the event, Apple introduced an array of new software updates for their products and new products. During the conference Apple debuted software updates for the following products: Mac, iPhone , iPad , Apple Watch and Apple TV.
One of the main attractions of WWDC 2021 was the announcement of three new computing devices – the Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac Mini. These products are designed to facilitate high-end professional workflows on a desktop or laptop machine while delivering performance that meets or exceeds other popular enterprise grade systems today.
The Mac Pro is a high-performance machine that can be fitted with up to 28 processor cores and 1.5TB of RAM and an impressive configuration selection for graphics cards too — a great choice for intensive media production tasks such as 3D design, live streaming and video post-production workflows. In addition to these professional features it also offers 8K resolution compatibility which makes it ideal for high fidelity content creation tasks such as 4K editing or 3D animation on big screens.
The iMac Pro takes many of these features from the Mac Pro but applies it to a small form factor all-in-one machine designed with powerful user experience functions in mind. Two eight core processors power this model with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4GHz. In addition, it can be configured with Radeon Vega 56 graphics capabilities making it capable of supporting 8k resolution displays like its counterpart. The iMac Pro also has 10Gb Ethernet connection running through its aluminium frame, allowing you to deliver speeds up to 10 times faster than 1Gbs Ethernet connections which is great if you need quick access files stored remotely over network connections during complex video post production tasks or similar jobs requiring large media output manipulation in real time (RTMP).
The most recent update to the Mac Mini range was unveiled at WWDC 2021. This mini PC has more processing power than ever, thanks mainly due to its top end Intel Kaby Lake processor combined with options for increased amounts of RAM compared to previous models ranging from 8GB up to 64GB . In addition, the latest models can now support even more external displays connecting through either HDMI 2 port, giving you better chances at working on multiple activities side by side, improving efficiency in multitasking scenarios .
Overview of the new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini
At the 2021 WWDC, Apple announced three exciting updates to its Mac lineup — the new Mac Pro, the iMac Pro, and the Mac mini. All three of these machines offer powerful hardware that can handle intensive tasks such as video editing and 3D graphics rendering, and casual gaming. So whether you’re looking for a high-end workstation or an all-in-one desktop computer that meets your budget, there’s something for everyone.
The new Mac Pro is Apple’s workhorse desktop computer. It’s designed with serious professionals in mind who need powerful computing capabilities to carry out complex tasks such as video and audio editing or 3D graphics rendering. The machine has been designed to be highly configurable, with up to 28 cores of power in the processor and up to 1TB of fastest RAM available on any Mac yet. Network connectivity is provided through two 32GB Ethernet and four USB-C ports built into the back of the tower chassis.
The new iMac Pro is essentially a more advanced version of Apple’s current 27-inch iMac desktop computers. It features a sleek all-in-one design with powerful specs including an Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 core processors at Turbo Boost speeds up to 4GHz along with Radeon Pro Vega graphics providing greater performance for demanding applications such as games or 4K video editing. Other features include Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, tag sensors, built-in dual microphones ,and full stereo speakers for immersive sound quality.
Finally, the Mac mini has been updated with Intel’s 8th generation “Coffee Lake ” processors that provide twice the performance power as previous generations and includes configurable options from 8GB up to 64GB RAM depending on your needs. The machine also supports dual storage configurations (SSD or Fusion drive) providing maximum capacity for large files like video projects or photos and fast read/write speeds for everyday tasks like web browsing supported by Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics. In addition, its smaller form factor takes up less space than other larger models while still giving you access to essential macOS features like Safari browser, FaceTime, Messages, iCloud backups, etc.
Apple announced the New Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini in June 2021 during WWDC 2021. However, since then all three models have been delayed until 2023. As a result, we don’t have any information on when the new devices will be released.
In this article, we will discuss the various aspects of the new Mac Pro and the details of the hardware and software it will come with.
Features and specs of Mac Pro
Apple has recently revealed the new Mac Pro range, to much excitement and buzz throughout the tech community. This is Apple’s most powerful desktop computer with groundbreaking performance capabilities and a sleek, iconic form factor. The new Mac Pro, Mac mini and iMac Pro all have different specs and features but share common ground regarding performance capabilities and innovative design.
The most powerful model of the Mac Pro series has some impressive specs:
- Integrated graphics processor (GPU): The AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics processor boasts up to 56 teraflops of bandwidth for faster video processing with an expansive library of optimised applications and integrations from top video editors.
- Processor: Intel Xeon W-3235 made specifically for the Mac Pro, features 28 cores that can run up to 4.0GHz Turbo Boost for unmatched performance and will make easy work of any task, even intense 4K video editing or highly detailed 3D tasks like animation rendering.
- Storage: Up to 8TB SSD storage — unlocking huge data capacity no matter the project or task you may embark on with the machine.
- RAM: 128GB DDR4 ECC RAM — allowing you to store large files easily while working in professional programs like Adobe applications, Cinema 4D — or game development programs like Unity or Unreal Engine!
- Price: Starting at $5,999, you can customise your model with higher specifications at $7,499+.
With its staggeringly powerful specs, upscaled design elements geared towards power users and an eye-catching display tower shape – Apple has outdone themselves with this extension to their range of computers.
Expected release date
The new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini were all part of Apple’s big summer 2021 event at WWDC, there’s no definite word yet as to when they’ll be released.
According to Apple, the new Mac Pro is set to come out in “late 2021.” The company also provided a release date estimate for the iMac Pro: “Fall 2021.” At this time it’s unclear whether this falls before or after the fall equinox (September 22).
Details for the new Mac mini have also yet to be determined beyond its WWDC reveal, including international availability and an official release date. That being said, leaks suggest a “mid-year” launch: between June and August of 2021.
Finally, pre-orders have already been released on Apple’s website for all three upgraded configurations with delivery slated for 8-10 weeks from June 8th depending on which model was pre-ordered. Although that timeline suggests a potential August launch window — mid-to-late August — note that exact timing will depend on individual orders and can vary geographically.
The iMac Pro was a much-anticipated item at WWDC 2021, and the wait was finally over when the new iMac Pro was announced. This new machine comes with powerful hardware and a beautiful design.
It features an M1 chip, up to 128GB of RAM and up to 8TB of storage. Along with these powerful specs, the iMac Pro has beautiful displays, loud speakers and advanced image processing capabilities.
Let’s look at this new machine and see what it offers.
Features and specs of iMac Pro
The iMac Pro is a powerful workstation-class all-in-one desktop computer from Apple, released in June 2021. It features an Intel Xeon W processor, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and up to 128GB of RAM. In addition, the iMac Pro comes in standard silver and graphite grey options and offers a unique Space Gray configuration.
The iMac Pro features a 27” Retina 5K display with 5120 x 2880 resolution at 500 nits brightness and P3 colour gamut. Depending on the configuration, it has storage options ranging from 256GB to 4TB PCIe-based SSDs. In addition, there are four USB 3 ports (two on the back of the display plus two additional USB Type C/Thunderbolt 3 ports). Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) ports are also available for fast data transfers and external devices support.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, 10Gb Ethernet, and optional Nbase T Ethernet with transfer speeds up to 2 Gbps over a single cable connection.
Additional features include three built-in microphones with beamforming technology that let users take advantage of hands free operation via Siri through the Magic Keyboard or Magic Trackpad 2. Additionally, a built-in FaceTime HD camera for video conferencing purposes pairs nicely with FaceTime audio for voice calls when not at your desk.
Expected release date
At the 2021 WWDC, Apple officially announced the new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini. However, there has been no official release date yet.
Although Apple hasn’t given any exact dates or timelines for releasing these products, we know that they will be available later this year:
- The new Mac Pro will be available in December 2021, with pre-orders starting November 2021.
- The iMac Pro is expected to launch in August 2021 with pre-orders open by October 2021.
- The Mac mini is expected to launch in October with pre-orders starting in September.
Apple had many announcements during the WWDC event, showing previews of all their upcoming products so far. However, due to their scheduled releases during fall or winter times of the year customers will have to wait until those dates are closer before getting any firm release candidates from Apple themselves. As such we can only speculate on what kind of features and specs new macs may come with when they are released but rest assured Apple will have something interesting up its sleeve when time comes.
Mac mini was one of the surprise announcements at WWDC 2021. It is a sleek, space-saving desktop with powerful specs. It features a new M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine, which makes it perfect for everyday tasks.
Let’s take a closer look at all the new Mac mini features.
Features and specs of Mac mini
The Mac mini has come a long way, and its latest iteration is no exception. It now has powerful components for speed, portability, and performance. More specifically, it comes with an 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core i5 processor that can turbo boost up to 4.6GHz and 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory upgradable to 128GB if need be.
Storage wise, you can opt for a 256GB or 512GB SSD or up to 2TB SSD. You’ll also get four Thunderbolt 3 ports for ultra-fast data transfer rates and two USB Type A ports so you can connect all kinds of peripherals. Furthermore, it comes with 10Gb Ethernet so you can get superior connectivity speeds when connected directly to your router or switch.
If that wasn’t enough, there is an integrated T2 chip offering security features like secure boot and encryption on the data drive using Apple’s FileVault technology. Plus, the Mac mini boasts an Intel UHD 630 graphics card providing faster streaming and gaming performance in both macOS and Windows operating systems – making it a great choice for users who need both worlds in one machine. Finally, the Mac mini runs on macOS Big Sur out of the box giving it access to some amazing productivity features like dark mode and seamless integration with iPhones and other Apple products thanks to Apple’s Continuity feature allowing users to access their documents from any device at any time.
Expected release date
Apple announced that the new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Mac mini would be released within the year, but Apple provided no exact release date. However, a recent report from Bloomberg has reported that Apple’s new Mac mini could be released in the next few weeks.
The exact specs and features of the new Mac mini are unknown at this time, but we can expect an updated processor and graphics capabilities. It will also likely come with additional storage options compared to its predecessor model.
The report from Bloomberg stated that Apple’s goal is to have their new products out before the holiday season, so if true it wouldn’t be surprising if the Mac mini went on sale within a few weeks. We’ll keep you posted with any updates!