Fresh OS X 10.7.3 sighting revives Mac Pro refresh hopes

December 5, 2011

There’s been a lot of public angst in recent months over rumors that Apple plans to cut the Mac Pro from its catalog. With Cupertino seemingly moving whole hog to the consumer space — i.e. Final Cut Pro X, iOS-ification of OS X — the truly faithful view the Mac Pro as the canary in the coal mine for the entire high-end segment.

Apple released OS X 10.7.3 beta last week and, of course, those looking for hints about future products spent time going over the entrails looking for portents. As is often the case, they achieved a certain level of success.

Specifically, references to and drivers for AMD’s (ATI) upcoming Tahiti graphics cards, based on 28nm chips. These cards, expected to arrive with Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7950 branding, are designed specifically for stand alone cards — i.e. the kind that fit into PCIe slots — and that means the Mac Pro.

AMD is expected to ship these new cards in January. All-in-all this schedule jibes well with the expectation that Intel will ship new Sandy Bridge-based Xeon processors, which folks expect to find their way into any Mac Pro.

So, it’s looking relatively good, in a rumorological way, for a Q1 Mac Pro refresh.

However, it has previously been rumored that a completely updated Mac Pro, one that’s smaller and rack mountable, is in the works. The above “news” doesn’t address whether we’ll be getting a redesigned model or just an updated version of the big hunk of Aluminum we all know and love…

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Netkas, Fudzilla and MacGadget.de via MacRumors

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