3x Apple 12x Bionics will outperform an 18-core iMac Pro in Geekbench CPU performance. This doesn't take into consideration the differences in thermals and power management of an iPad vs. a Desktop Workstation.

I believe the new MacPro will scale from a few (2 chips, 16 cores) to a lot (8 chips, 64 cores) Apple A-series chips. These will be held in some module or node format, and if we are lucky, we will have the ability room to more modules. I believe this is where the majority of the engineering effort has gone into, solving for shared memory and interconnection.

I believe that this paves the way to iMac, MacMini and even MacBook Pro to move to arm as it will not needing to develop specific desktop/workstation class chips.

Each module/node will have 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports, which will serve as a video output and as high-speed connectivity. I do not think the new MacPro will have any PCIe slots.

I believe there will be a “system” module/node which has a disk, analog audio, network and maybe some regular USB ports.

Besides the engineering challenges, I believe the MacPro has partial delayed because of Thunderbolt. Up until very recently, it was a very intel centric technology. Today not so much.

The new Apple Display will have Face ID and utilize an Apple T-series inside the display to handle some pairing to authenticate between the MacPro and Display. I hope they take the whole front facing array from the iPhone Xs and place it in the display. :)


  • https://appleinsider.com/articles/17/05/24/intel-making-thunderbolt-3-royalty-free-for-manufacturers-before-end-of-2017

  • https://usb.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/USB_PG_USB4_DevUpdate_Announcement_FINAL_20190226.pdf

  • https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/4/18246182/usb-4-thunderbolt-3-specs-features-release-date

  • https://www.pcworld.com/article/3346142/usb4-what-this-future-standard-means-for-usb-chaos-and-thunderbolt-3.html

AuthorJonathan Spiva

The first post in forever is going to a simple and short one. I wanted to get on the record as to my predictions for what's happening next for the MacMini and MacPro models.

  • MacMini and MacPro refresh are the same thing

  • Will start at $1999

  • 8x Thunderbolt 3 ports

  • 1x 2.5/5.0/10Gb Ethernet

  • Two (or three) units will fit very perfectly on a 19-inch rack mount shelf, but Apple will not acknowledge this was on purpose to anybody.

  • CPU will range from a 4-core, eight threads to 28-core, 56 thread unit, something like this chip.

  • Modest memory will start at 16GB but scale to 128GB,

  • Disk again will start at a modest 256GB but scale to 4TB

  • A single full-size PCIe slot will exist for graphics cards which will be filled with a cheap/slow graphics card that supports up to 5k displays with upgrade options supporting more 5k displays.

In the Wild-ass guesses category which I think would be fun, interesting, or really annoy people.

  • No analog audio in or out, no other ports, no SDXC, no Built-in speaker

  • 4x4 WiFiv6 (random wifi guys dream)

  • Very few (maybe zero) USBa ports

  • The first use of a T3 chip

AuthorJonathan Spiva