IMHO, the RAM bump wasn't even that good -- the base config now includes only 6GB, which is still laughable for a professional machine costing $2500.
Pretty pathetic if you ask me.
EDIT: Apple does offer "Westmere" Xeons, but only as 6-core CPUs, which when looking at the website, is all but the cheapest option.
I believe the Ivy Bridge E5s aren't due until early 2013 at the earliest.
I remember in 2010 writing about how it was quite possibly the worst time to buy a Macbook Pro because they don't change the price even though the hardware was extremely old. Then I did a followup story when they updated the hardware and the internals were still not up to par for comparable machines.
I always thought it odd that they don't discount their outdated machines. Buying a MacBook Pro last week was a raw deal. Apple sells hardware that is two years old at higher-than-competing-modern-machine prices, but people buy them, so they must be "good enough" or enjoyable in some other aspect.
Looks like they had trouble getting the network functional, but everything else worked fine.
32GB of ECC ram compatible with a motherboard like that would only run you $300:
Apple charges $975 for an upgrade from 6GB to 32GB. Highway robbery.
Also, no more "5 users limit" BS. This is nice.
Which, in turn, says rather loudly to me that the Mac Pro is not a high priority for Apple right now.
But where's the benefit - and who's the customer - for a desktop machine at these prices? Unless you absolutely need OS X with a higher powered machine, why not just use Ubuntu in that desktop / server application?