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It's time to say goodbye to the 2013 Mac Pro

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What you need to know

  • Apple is replacing the 2013 Mac Pro today.
  • The machine hasn't been updated in years.
  • It was great on day one. But things started to unravel quickly.

The new 2019 Mac Pro goes up for pre-order today and that will signal the long overdue death of the 2013 model. Long in the tooth is one way of describing it. A design that should never happened and was then left to wither on the vine, is another. And now it's time to say goodbye.

And who better to do that than Stephen Hacket, a man with more obsolete Macs than most people can name.

During a great 7-minute video Hacket sets about reminding us all just what the 2013 Mac Pro was, why it was awesome – at first – and why it ultimately needed to go away much sooner than it did. Apple admitted that the Mac Pro found itself backed into a thermal corner and it's taken entirely too long to fight its way back out.

But here were are, with a new Mac Pro. So long as you have the money to buy one instead of a small car, of course.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.