First Signs Of New MacPro7,1 Found In El Capitan

Dear Ladies and Gents.

You may remember this Geekbench benchmark result back in the day, the first public appearance of the 2013 Mac Pro, and I found a similar (AAPLJ951) model identifier in El Capitan. In short. Apple may surprise us, soon, with a brand new and very powerful MacPro7,1 with a couple of new Intel Xeon processors.

Edit: I found it in AppleUSBXHCIPCI.kext/Contents/Info.plist when I was working on XHCI compatibility issues, and here is the XML snippet:

<key>AAPLJ951,1-XHCI</key>
<dict>
	<key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
	<string>com.apple.driver.AppleUSBMergeNub</string>
	<key>IOClass</key>
	<string>AppleUSBMergeNub</string>
	<key>IONameMatch</key>
	<string>XHC1</string>
	<key>IOProviderClass</key>
	<string>AppleUSBXHCIPCI</string>
	<key>IOProviderMergeProperties</key>
	<dict>
		<key>port-count</key>
		<data>GgAAAA==</data>
		<key>ports</key>
		<dict>
			<key>HS02</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>AgAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>HS03</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>AwAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>HS04</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>BAAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>HS05</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>255</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>BQAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>HS06</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>255</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>BgAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>HS10</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>CgAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>SSP1</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>EQAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>SSP4</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>FAAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>SSP5</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>FQAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
			<key>SSP6</key>
			<dict>
				<key>UsbConnector</key>
				<integer>3</integer>
				<key>port</key>
				<data>FgAAAA==</data>
			</dict>
		</dict>
	</dict>
	<key>model</key>
	<string>AAPLJ951,1</string>
</dict>

The data is identical to that of the late 2015 (iMac17,1 in the same file) so it may as well be a remnant of the new iMac, but the strange thing is that the XHCI data for the late 2015 iMac is also there, which is why I believe that this is not/was not added for the/a new iMac but another Mac.

And like I said earlier in the comments, there are too many USB 3 ports defined to fit on a MacBook (Pro) and Mac Mini. This and the fact that there is already support for newer graphics chips baked into El Capitan… is why I think that it was added for a new Mac Pro. I personally sure hope so.

Note:Hey. I’m no Wizard of Oz and I don’t have a Crystal ball, and maybe I am wrong, completely, but don’t forget; only Apple knows if a new Mac Pro is around the corner or not. I only report my findings here 😉

Edit: Typo fixed.

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79 thoughts on “First Signs Of New MacPro7,1 Found In El Capitan

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  2. Nice, but more detail please…?
    And could this identifier just refer to a new MacBook, Mac mini or whatnot? This is an internal code, so we don’t know what it refers to.

    • No, but the only time Apple used it for a new Mac was with the current Mac Pro.

      Edit: Besides that, the number of defined USB 3 ports for this model exceed the physical space on the back of a Mac mini. There is just no room for all of them. The only two models that would fit this much USB 3 ports are the new iMac and a future Mac Pro.

      • Hello,
        I may be reading the XML badly, but it seems to have 10 ports with USB connectors, this is far more than the imac and equal to the number of ports (thunderbolt + USB) of the mac pro. If my reading is correct (and I have no idea if it is) what you mean is that a new iMac will have enough space for that many ports (and they do) even if at the moment they do not. Did I understand correctly?

      • I’m afraid you did not. The late 2015 Retina 5K iMac (iMac17,1) uses identical XML data and has ‘only’ four USB 3 ports (compatible with USB 2) so there won’t be 10. It’s a little more complicated than that.

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