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Mac Pro - Upgrade & Repair
The Mac Pro has been the designation for Apple's high-end workstation range since the switch to Intel CPUs in 2006 when it replaced the PowerMac. The range started off in 2006 as a large silver tower, very similar in appearance to the PowerMac G5 and saw regular updates in that form factor until 2010, after which it started to fall behind a little as Thunderbolt ports were added to iMacs and MacBook Pros which were not present on the Mac Pro. A very minor refresh was made in 2012, but this changed nothing important.
Then in 2013, Apple completely overhauled the range with the radical cylinder (or "trashcan") design of the Mac Pro 2013. This modernised the line, adding Thunderbolt 2, an up to date CPU, fast storage and RAM, and dual graphics cards. The Mac Pro 2013 was very popular with some users, but not all. It lacks internal PCIe slots, requiring a Thunderbolt attached PCIe chassis to be used to add expansion cards, and with a single internal drive that was limited in capacity, required external storage to be used by customers who were used to having 4 slots for large drives. And while the dual graphics card architecture was an attempt to get ahead of the curve, it ended up not being the direction that professional workloads went. The design of the machine imposed thermal constraints that reduced options for Apple to improve on it, and so while they are very capable machines, and absolutely were top of the Mac line up in 2013, they looked a lot less attractive when they were being sold unchanged as Apple's only workstation 5 years later. Traditional Mac Pro customers started turning to iMacs that had up to date technology inside them.
The line was finally updated in 2019 with a complete redesign that returned to the tower form factor. The positioning of this machine is somewhat different to earlier Mac Pros, the 2019 machine was an incredibly powerful machine with the ability to run over 1TB of RAM, but was also double the price of previous models. It seems that Apple was content to see some of its traditional Mac Pro customers to migrate to high-end iMacs, and pitched the Mac Pro squarely at those with the heaviest of workloads, and the budget to match.
All Mac Pros are upgradeable, even the 2013 model can have its RAM and internal drive upgraded (though its PCIe blade is of a non-standard type, meaning cheap industry-standard drives cannot be used).
We offer a wide range of repair services for Mac Pros, though we do not offer logic board repair for them.
Mac Pro 2019
The 2019 Mac Pro tower has distinctive "cheesegrater" patterning much larger than on the 2006 - 2012 models. It is also available in a rackmount configuration.
Mac Pro 2013
The cylindrical design of the Mac Pro 2013 (aka "Trashcan") is a truly unique design; a black cylinder standing a little over 25cm high.
Mac Pro Tower 2006 - 2012
This first Mac Pro case type looks very similar to the PowerMac G5s and to the earlier Mac Pros. The easiest way to tell the Mac Pros from the G5s is to open System Profiler and check the CPU type (will be Intel Xeon for a Mac Pro).