My current "work horse" Mac is my NEW MacBook Pro core i7. Don't get me wrong, I have a Mac Pro in my home office. However, my current Mac Pro is the original Mac Pro introduced back in 2006. That's ancient in computer years. Before that purchase I was usually upgrading my tower with every other release (about every 2-3 years). Over the years I wasn't seeing significant enough performance gains to spend the money. Then they introduced an update in March of 2009 that made me think it's time to upgrade, but I just kept putting it off. Now that my favorite Adobe Creative Suite Apps are 64bit enabled with the CS5 release I knew it was time for some new hardware. The problem is I just didn't want last year's models. So once the new MacBook Pro core i7 came out, I ordered it (from work) day one! When I got it, I ran a speed test against my Mac Pro and was wowed by the fact that it BEAT IT! Granted that really shows just how fast the new MacBook Pros have become, but what it really showed me was just how slow my old Mac Pro was. So I waited and today Apple Announced the Mac Pro update I've been waiting for. Although there was no new case design, that doesn't bother me. It does seem odd though that Apple (a company focused on design) would continue use virtually the same design they introduced with the Power Mac G5 back in 2003!
There are 3 new configurations, Dual Core, Quad Core (8 cores) and Dual 6 Core (12 cores)
My only debate is do I spend the $5 grand on the 12 cores or settle for the 8 cores ($3,500). My gut tells me to go 12 core simply because I don't upgrade my tower as often as I used to and the faster the machine I get the longer it will last me. I have a little bit of time to think about it because Apple is not even taking orders yet. They're saying "August" for availability. I'll likely bite the bullet and go 12 cores to have the fastest Mac rendering speeds I can get. As far as video cards go I'll replace the stock ATi card for an Nvidia card to take advantage of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5's accelerated Mercury Playback Engine. <-this was a sneak peek video before CS5 was announced.
Other things announced today
The Magic Trackpad
If you like the Trackpad from your MacBook you can now order it as a separate bluetooth wireless Magic trackpad for your desktop Mac. It has the same multi-touch gestures of the trackpad. Personally I'm not that big of a fan of the trackpad since they removed the separate button, but if you are a fan you can have the trackpad experience now working with any Mac desktop. $69 (I'll stick to a mouse and tablet).
Apple Battery Charger
If you want an Apple branded battery charger to go with your wireless keyboard/trackpad, you can get one now.
$29 (it includes 6 AA high capacity rechargeable batteries and recharges 2 at at time.)
The iMac line got speed bumps too replacing the low end core 2 duo with a much anticipated Core i3 processor. So you can now get a Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 iMac depending upon your needs. Honestly, if I didn't want to put in a specific video card in my Mac, I would have seriously considered a 27" iMac Quad Core i7 instead of the Mac Pro.
Starting at $1,199 and going up to $2,199 for the 27" Quad Core i7 model.
27" LED Cinema Display (16:9 aspect ratio)
Apple also released a 27" version of their Display Port enabled LED Cinema Display. Since all current Macs are Display Port enabled, this Display will work on the Mac mini all the way up to the Mac Pro and it will also work as an external display on the MacBook line. $999