Speculation: Could the new Apple Silicon bring back the Mac Pro 2013?
This is pure speculation. A total hypothesis. A complete, "What if". But, what if the new Apple Silicon could bring back the Mac Pro 2013, or at least the form factor, as a bridge between the Mac mini and the Mac Pro 2019?
Currently, there is no "Mac." There is an iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro, but not a desktop machine called "Mac." Something that is more powerful than the Mac mini, but not the set your hair on fire specs of the Mac Pro.
For example, a desktop machine that allows both memory and video card upgrades. The Mac Pro form factor would a good choice for it's design and use of space.
So, what if Apple made some tweaks, revamped the video cards, offered a higher ceiling for the ram, upped the internal SSD and re-offered the 2013 model as a "Mac"?
It could easily be an 8-12 core machine, like the final high end 2013 model was. It could support 64-256GB so as to go beyond the mini, but not upset the Pro. It would support the same dual video cards for higher video performance running multiple screens. Cards that could be upgraded, so it has some room to grow, but again, not the same cards as the Pro. And finally, 1TB-4TB internal SSD for storage with enough ports to hook up external drives.
The base Mac Pro doesn't really have enough power to justify the cost. Instead, you are buying all the technology and expandability of the motherboard and ram. Not to mention the massive powerfully, processor upgrades, ports and other upgrade options.
A cylinder Mac would allow ram and video upgrades, the processor would stay static, except through some incremental upgrades.
There is a lot of room to work with from the (2500 price point of kitted out Mac mini that can't be upgraded and the )6000 of a Mac Pro, that already needs to be upgraded.
I would love to buy a machine like that. I want to get a new machine, but I really don't want a Mac mini, yet I don't really need a Mac Pro. The size of the 2013 Mac Pro would be a great form factor to work with. It's compact but can still deliver plenty of power, especially with the refinements that have been made over the years.
I'm really excited over the possibilities of Apple Silicon, and I'd really like to see a "Mac" come onto the market.