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Mac Pro Rumors: Could an M1 Ultra Desktop Tower Arrive June 6?

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Mac Pro Rumors: Could an M1 Ultra Desktop Tower Arrive June 6?

The Mac Pro, Apple’s desktop workstation, arrived in 2019 — and it’s a safe bet that a new version will launch in 2022. It didn’t happen at yesterday’s Apple event, where the company introduced the Mac Studio desktop plus the option to power it up with the M1 Ultra chip. But some sort of M1 Ultra Mac Pro is likely on the horizon — Apple hinted as much at the end of its March event. And a few rumors continue to circulate as we head into the company’s developer conference, WWDC, on June 6.

We’ve paired Apple precedent with our own analysis to arrive at some good guesses for what the M1 Mac Pro could look like.

Read more:  Everything Apple Announced: Mac Studio, iPhone SE, iPad Air and More

When will the new Mac Pro be announced?

We’re almost certain a new Mac Pro will come this year — the Mac Pro and iMac 27-inch are the last models left for Apple to hit its self-imposed two-year deadline to complete the switch from third-party processors to its own. And Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac.

Apple filed three new Mac computers in the Eurasian Economic Database, according to French site Consomac. There is little information about the potential new product (including whether the Mac Pro was one of the models filed), but this could hint that Apple will be releasing new computers in addition to the new Mac Studio fairly soon. Some will arrive sometime in May or June, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a seasoned Apple-watcher.

If there are any new or unique capabilities that Apple’s planning to add with the annual operating system update, software developers need to be the first to know, and that’s what WWDC is for. The system itself probably wouldn’t ship until October at the earliest.

What will be new?

This is anyone’s guess at this point. Apple needs to continue to support its existing installed base of Mac Pros with upgrades, because one of the points of a high-end, upgradable system like this is that it lasts more than a few years. That probably means Apple won’t redesign the chassis significantly, especially given that Apple updates its hardware designs infrequently under normal circumstances. 

To switch to its own processors from the Intel Xeon CPUs and update to more modern, high-bandwidth standards (like PCIe 4 and DDR5) probably requires a redesigned motherboard, hopefully still retaining the socketed CPU design. We’ve yet to see how Apple plans to scale its M1 lineup to a system that traditionally relies on discrete graphics and more than the 10 CPU cores in its current M1 Max as well. Will Apple have a line of increasingly powerful single-die CPUs or will it double and triple up on the existing M1s? Will it create new graphics modules by spinning off the GPU integrated into the M1s or will it continue to rely on AMD’s Radeon Pro GPUs? Inquiring minds want to know.

There are rumors about the M1-based 32-inch iMac with a high-end display and an updated Mac Mini, but we’ve also been waiting patiently for a less pricey version of its Pro Display XDR; though something along those lines seems to be in the works, word has it that we won’t see it until October thanks to supply issues. That might mean a midrange Mac Pro, which would be great, unless that’s the spot Apple designed the Mac Studio to fill. Given that the Studio’s not upgradable, it doesn’t fit very well with the Pro’s market.

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When will we be able to buy a new Mac Pro?

In all likelihood the answer is this year, though the new Mac Pro desktop could possibly be in limited supply until early next year if the supply chain crunch continues for too long.

For more Apple rumors, check out CNET’s iPhone 14 rumor roundup. And here’s how to watch the WWDC keynote on Monday.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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