The advent of powerful GPUs and CPUs mean that a certain group of Pro users will be able to get most of their work done on a powerful iMac instead of a Mac Pro. Thus, to satiate their hunger, Apple will be releasing a refreshed iMac with more powerful internals later this year. More specifically, Schiller said that some “configurations of iMac specifically with the pro customer in mind” will be made available to acknowledge “that our most popular desktop with pros is an iMac”
One of the key aspects of the 2013 Mac Pro’s design was its dual GPU setup. Back then, Apple made a bet that dual GPUs will become more popular in the future and designed the whole chassis around it. That sadly did not happen as single GPUs continued to become more popular while dual GPUs setup are now being used by a very limited set of pro users.
The dual-GPU design of the Mac Pro left Apple with very little thermal room and internal space to fit a single large GPU. This is not a mistake that Apple is going to make again. Now that the company is redesigning the Mac Pro’s chassis, it is all but clear that we should see the next Mac Pro make use of a single GPU setup. Considering how powerful some of Nvidia’s latest GPUs are and how pro apps are still only able to take advantage of one GPU, this approach makes a lot of sense.
Federighi made it clear that the next Mac Pro will be targeted at pro users like VR developers and high end cinema production. The apps used in such cases have been written to take advantage of a single GPU and not scale across multiple GPUs for better performance. This is why Apple will be switching to a single GPU approach with its next gen Mac Pro.
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