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The Future: Apple Moving to ARM-based Macs in 2021

Apple is poised to make the move to custom design processors for its Macs and will tap its elite experience in ARM-based chip design to empower Mac computers to go places it deems it cannot get to by sticking with Intel.

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Recaping the Latest News—Apple’s New Mac Pro, Metal 2 and NVIDIA

Apple and NVIDIA are not coming back together anytime soon. So Mac pros need to forget about RTX and CUDA and look forward to a future of Mac Pro apps optimized around Metal 2 and its successors powered by AMD high-end GPUs inside of highly customized and optimized workstation hardware from Apple in new Mac Pros. The good news is: the key developers appear all in.

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New Job Post—Portends Apple is Serious About 3D Industries with Mac Pro

Apple has a new warhorse to go battle in the 3D market with, but SIGGRAPH discontent for the machine was squarely aimed at the lack of NVIDIA GPUs. Despite this, new job posts at Apple clearly indicate renewed commitment and interest in the media & entertainment software market for which the new Mac Pro should make an ideal entrant.

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The New Mac Pro Has Arrived—with Pro Display XDR

Apple’s new modular Mac Pro with accompanying Pro display has arrived and they are both far more in line with what real pros are seeking. They are both for the upper range professional customers—you won’t be buying a new Mac Pro just to play games!

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The New “Modular” Mac Pro—Possible Sneak Peek at Apple Event Coming Up

The much anticipated and even more desired modular Mac Pro may be shown in a sneak peek mode at an event that is likely about the next iPad Pro and new Apple Pencil—all aimed at the creative Apple user.

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Apple CPU Moves for Macs—Will Offer Enhanced Security, Says Cybersecurity Expert

The present age offers increasing threats to data and individual privacy. If Apple moves away from Intel on its Macs, future Macs can offer a much more secure enclave for users.

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GTC 2018—NVIDIA Technologies Are Changing The Way We Work and Create

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) has rapidly become a must-attend event for those on the leading edge of technology. Beyond graphics, GPUs are powering and transforming Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, VR/AR/MR (realities) across a broad array of fields.

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Apple Leaving Intel on Macs by 2020—Impact on New Mac Pro

Apple’s leaked ARM Architecture for Mac plans seem exciting but chip transitions tend to hurt deeper more complex applications that are made of multiple software toolsets produced by developers supporting developers.

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BOXX Goes After The Apple iMac Pro’s Jugular—Launches “Think Again” Campaign

Apple’s iMac Pro isn’t even shipping and workstation rival BOXX has begun to tear it apart, calling it “last year’s technology.”

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Breaking the Jobsian Quadrant: Why Apple Finally Made the iMac Pro

There were great reasons long ago for Jobs’ four-quadrant product matrix, but Apple’s users today demand a continuous and overlapping spectrum of compute options that span device thinking categories from “appliance” to “configurable tool.”

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Split Decisions—Why Apple’s New “Pro” Commitments Will Find A Challenging Fit For Architects

Apple has a chance to crush it in the Architecture market, but only if they provide the right features in both the new iMac aimed at pros and the next Mac Pro super machine.

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Apple Does the Unexpected—Announces New Modular Mac Pro Design Underway

April 4 is now an important date in Apple’s Mac history. This is why and Mac Pros will love this news.

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A Day Away from New Macs—One Reader’s View (And Design) of A New Pro Desktop

It’s got a handle, is sized for standard parts, it’s very expandable and best of all it features flexible CPU/GPU support and all the goodness that older pro Mac desktops posssed. We wish we could order such a Mac.

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Desktop and Workstation Computers In Decline—Says Latest Industry Report

New data in Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey, by Business Advantage, may suggest future directions for multi-device and multi-platform makers like Apple. Future trend data looks negative for Apple’s Mac Pro but rosy for Apple’s iPad Pro.

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Apple Sep Event—Don’t Be Surprised by Big Mac Update Today

Apple may not be ignoring the Mac product line because it is too distracted with future products like the Apple Car. This large time gap may mean that Apple has big plans for dramatic Mac updates that adjust the Mac product line to better suit the needs of today’s customers.

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SIG: Learning about AMD’s Radeon Pro WX Graphics Card Debut

AMD released some exciting news at SIGGRAPH last week about new Radeon Pro WX graphics cards, aimed at democratizing high-end graphics workloads with lower prices and higher performance.

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Could Apple Release One Of These—External GPU Enclosure Anybody?

Apple loves sexy thin…as in your computer! But these systems come with a steep price in thermal enclosure design, and access to today’s leading GPUs necessary for the Virtual Reality revolution.

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If Jobs Failed Twice, Why Would Ive & Team Succeed? RIP new Mac Pro

Steve Jobs famously failed with his iconic NeXTcube computer. And then 10 years later, back at Apple, he failed again with ice-motif Power Mac G4 Cube. Both machines were inspiring and innovative on many levels, so it comes as no surprise—really—that Apple’s Jony Ive, who designed the latter machine also, wouldn’t take a shot one more time.

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Notes from Apple’s WWDC Keynote—Highlights and Thoughts

We run through the top moments in Apple’s 2016 WWDC Keynote, held yesterday. Get the fast skinny on the big announcements presented in the two hour event. And we have some comments about Apple and architects as well.

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The chip the new Mac Pro may have been waiting for is out and ready!

Intel’s new 14nm Xeon E5-v4 Xeon processors are out. While not the biggest update in recent memory, the new lithography process means less power to more cores and thus higher performance. This is a great time for Apple to update the Mac Pro. Perhaps the only time.

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Apple TV shaping up to be big focus on March 21, but Mac Pro update, where art thou?

Could Apple shock us with something to say about the new Mac Pro that has failed to delight in the market? It never hurts to imagine and dream, right?

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Viewpoint: Steve Jobs told us to ‘Think different’—does Apple still agree?

In this Viewpoint feature associate editor Akiko Ashley asks a very well-timed question about Apple: does it still support those who wish to Think different? Hinging that question on the one true product that was legend to Apple-based ‘creatives’, she frames the discussion through a wide lens that reviews Apple’s Mac Pro history—the backbone of innovators—against a new onslaught of new agendas, new markets and the transformation to mobile.

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Mac CAD market looks ‘rich’ compared to years past: Heated global competition drives up goodies

The design and manufacturing industries are worth $12 trillion annually, representing a massive and growing industrial segment which Apple has a big possible role to take place in. It used to be Apple had the hardware but lacked the software. Today, that software ‘issue’ is melting away faster than a snow cone in Tempe, Arizona. For once, the Mac CAD eco-system is looking truly ‘rich’

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Smelling blood, HP pounces on Apple’s Pro Mac market

HP comes out swinging at Apple with brazen marketing message that Apple’s Mac Pro customers are moving to Z

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The Foundry discontinues Keylight for Final Cut Pro

September is the last month that The Foundry will be selling and supporting key plugins for Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. The news is a blow to the FCP community who have remained with FCP 7 and 6.

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Apple’s latest Mac Family Portrait—Missing Mac Pro

Apple’s new Mac Pro is a stunning computer with some decent pro chops…but the latest ‘family portrait’ of the Mac line up is missing an important child.

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SIG: Final Complete Siggraph 2015 Event Photos & Notes

Our complete Siggraph 2015 gallery, compliments of Akiko Ashley who covered the show in detail in an earlier report.

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Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results

In this special feature report, Architosh publishes the results of its first workstation survey conducted in late 2014 and aimed at understanding the pro (professional) desktop needs of numerous customers Apple refers to as Mac pros. Not to be confused with the product Mac Pro, today Apple’s Mac pros work across its iMac range in numerous industries, including and importantly to this publication, the Architecture industry.

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Architosh to publish its Mac Workstation Survey Study in January 2015

Architosh will publish its first survey study on Mac workstation hardware use by pro users in January of 2015. The survey will answer key questions, summarize diverse workflow cases and provide detailed guidance to pro Mac users.

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Breaking the Jobsian Quadrant: Should Apple Make an iMac Pro?

For many years the term “pro” at Apple has been applied to a distinct class or group of products, serving a distinct set of customers. But these days in the era of iDevices the the use of the term is becoming more vague. At the same time research evidence suggest that many so called “pros” are using the iMac as their professional desktop solution. This of course begs an obvious question next.

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Architosh launches Mac Workstation professional survey study for Pro Users

In our first hardware study to look at the professional markets that Apple has traditionally served, Architosh has launched a survey in order to comprehensively study the market for professional desktop/workstation hardware needs across a range of “pro” industries.

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NAB: Autodesk releases Smoke 2015 and optimized for new Mac Pro

Autodesk adds powerful effects controls, integration with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and hardware optimization for the new Mac Pro in the latest Smoke 2015

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The new Mac Pro – A Buyer’s Guide Through the Best Test Results

This guide-oriented feature article explores the details surrounding the new Mac Pro and its performance benchmarking found throughout the web, with summary reference to particular industries and their common applications

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Viewpoint: Mac Pro, What Does Apple Mean by Pro? A View from a Professional in 3D, Animation, VFX and Video Games

In this Viewpoint contribution Akiko Ashley, Architosh associate editor and co-founder of 3D animation studio Luminetik, delivers a compelling critique of the new 2013 Mac Pro, a workstation class computer that has been Apple’s most interesting new Mac product in years. With a background in visual effects for major TV and film productions, Luminetik provides Miss Ashley with a perspective on what studios really need in their pipeline hardware and what is good and bad about Apple’s latest Mac Pro in meeting that standard.

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Commentary: Why the new Mac Pro will rock for ArchiCAD but not for Revit

Are you excited about running Revit on a new Mac Pro under Boot Camp? You might want to really review that decision first…or switch BIM programs if it means that much to you

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The Mac Pro: So what’s a D300, D500 and D700 anyway? We have answers

We have more details on the new Mac Pro AMD Firepro D300, D500, and D700, including their architecture class, related AMD Firepro GPUs and characteristics.

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Apple’s new Mac Pros to ship in December at just under 3K

Apple provides details on new Mac Pro, ships in December

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Mavericks brings OpenGL 4.1 plus notes on the new Mac Pros

OS X Mavericks will be a much better operating environment for CAD and 3D professionals — New OpenGL 4.1 benchmarks put it square with Windows

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JPR analysts see AMD inside new Mac Pro as evidence of market share advancement on Nvidia

JPR analyst sees new Mac Pro as evidence that AMD’s new aggressive strategies to win market share in the workstation market from Nvidia are starting to work

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Apple narrows date for next Mac Pro – Says Coming Fall in new Trailer

Apple posts trailer of new Mac Pro – says shipping next season (as in this Fall)

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CAD/3D Industry Responds to Apple’s New Mac Pro

“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass.” CAD industry insiders and veterans respond to Apple’s new Mac Pro coming later this year and share their thoughts on the new machine

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Notes on the New Mac Pro – Details We Now Know

We review many of the issues that remain on pro users minds as they contemplate the new Mac Pro

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WWDC: Apple Intros New Mac Pro – Groundbreaking New Design

Apple has introduced brand new Mac Pros at WWDC just as expected and discussed here at Architosh and elsewhere on the Net

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Apple Graphics on New Macs: Possibilities

Graphics project on new Macs apparently in the work for over a year

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Will Apple Re-Invent the Mac Pro for WWDC 2013?

Macworld editors talk shop and suggest that Apple could re-invent Mac Pro for WWDC

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Evidence of New Mac Pros at WWDC: Titan drivers in latest OS X builds

New evidence suggest new Mac Pros coming soon–new Nvidia Titan drivers spotted in OS X 10.8.4 beta

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Product Review: AMD Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition

Architosh reviews AMD Radeon based Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card for Apple Mac Pros. This latest board from Sapphire offers users AMD’s 28nm based Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture with up to 4.3 billion transistors and highly tuned for OpenCL. We put it through a whole series of benchmarks across both gaming and pro markets, plus real world tests.

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Nvidia intros new Keplar-class Quadros and K5000 spotted in Mountain Lion update

Nvidia intros Keplar class for wider audience and K5000 for Mac spotted in Mountain Lion

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No more Mac Pros in Europe until new USA-based Mac Pro comes later this year

Apple halts Mac Pro sales in EU for now…USA made Mac Pro is very likely due later this year.

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Mac Pro users gain unprecedented new graphics performance thanks to Nvidia Quadro K5000

Nvidia announces new Quadro K5000 GPU for Mac Pros at IBC

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Tidbits: ArchiCAD, 3D camera for iPhone, ATI Radeon news

Mac CAD and 3D News: We have tidbits on a 3D image app for the iPhone, plus news on ArchiCAD training and performance tests on the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card.

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Tidbits: Autodesk University, Nvidia Quadro and next Mac Pros

Mac CAD and 3D News: In Tidbits today we have news on Apple’s next Mac Pros getting exclusive use of Intel’s new six-core Xeons; we also cover a report out on the Web about Nvidia Quadros at Autodesk University and a link to a Parallels vs Fusion article

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Mac Pros get new workstation GPU option

Nvidia delivers latest Quadro FX 4800 advanced workstation GPU to the Mac market at NAB event.

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Nehalem advantage – Apple delivers new Mac Pros

Apple delivers the “Nehalem” advantage before Dell and rivals with all new Mac Pros. The new systems also provide additional Apple innovations to the system design, including innovative new slide-out tray memory carriage system and a breathtaking array of I/O options.

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No Sun Sparc Workstations drove users to Mac Pros

Online Petition Looks to Former SGI/Sun UNIX Workstation Glory – Says Lost Users Went to the Mac.

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Tidbits: Nvidia, Cheetah 3D, Dosch and Vectorworks

Mac CAD and 3D News Tidbits: Nvidia redefines highend Quadro GPUs for small form factors, Cheetah 3D launches contest, Shook Kelley wins AIA North Carolina and Dosch releases new 3D content

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Mac Pros: Graphics Options to Expand

Graphics Options to Expand for Mac Pro Customers – Professional Market Needs More Middle Ground

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