updated 04:55 pm EDT, Fri July 23, 2010
Apple retail reservations hint at new Mac Pros
Evidence of new Mac Pros mounted on Friday as Apple's in-store pickup option is now running out of systems. Both the four-core and eight-core systems are alternately showing as "unavailable" where they were listed as available to reserve as recently as Thursday. Online, both models are still showing the usual 24-hour shipping window, though Apple lately has learned to keep delivery times short even just before an update.
The features of the new Mac Pro are largely known. Barring a major change to Core i7, the system is more likely to adopt the Xeon 5600 processor. It's built on Intel's newer 32 nanometer process and chiefly provides the option of six-core processors that could provide 12 cores in a dual-socket Mac Pro.
Other likely additions are FireWire 1600/3200 and USB 3.0 for expansion, Radeon HD 5000 or GeForce 400 series video, and usual upgrades such as more RAM and storage. Blu-ray isn't expected to make the cut, but a 27-inch Cinema Display may arrive to replace the long-serving 30-inch screen.
A sweeping desktop update is believed in store as a similar supply issue has been seen that hints at upgraded iMacs. [via MacRumors]