Apple unveils $5,999 Mac Pro computer aimed at professionals

Thursday, 06 Jun, 2019

Apple likened the new display to professional reference monitors in the $40,000 price range. It's unclear what a fully upgraded version of the Mac Pro will cost. The computer's design echoes the classic "cheese grater" Mac's shape, vent system and handles. According to Apple, the three-dimensional interlocking hemisphere pattern simultaneously assists with airflow by maximizing surface area and makes the case rigid but lightweight. Notably, Apple is only offering solid-state internal storage for the new Mac Pro, and the drives so-offered include Apple's T2 security chip.

Even iTunes' most ardent fans - and surely, there are dozens - would have to admit that Apple's music player has gotten bloated over the years, adding all sorts of multimedia and device syncing features on top of its original mission of just managing your music. Starting at 8-core XEON processor, 32GB memory, Radeon Pro 560X, and 256GB SSD, starting at $5,9999. The processors also feature large L2 and shared L3 caches and 64 PCI Express lanes. Surprisingly, the company will support Macs ranging back to 2012. The module integrates two connectors to a single graphics card along with Thunderbolt 3. The device is configurable with up to 1.5TB of system memory. This provides the Mac Pro with an extensive amount of upgradability.

Buyers can configure the MPX with AMD Radeon Pro Vega 2 or Radeon Pro Vega 2 Duo, the latter of which could mean four total GPUs and 128GB of video memory.

I/O card featuring 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x Thundebolt 3 ports, two 10Gb Ethernet ports. Much of that is no doubt due to the Afterburner FPGA accelerator card that can be slotted into one of the Mac Pro's PCIe x16 slots. Now, unlike the previous Mac Pro, which was aptly called the Trash Can, the new Apple cabinet features a modular design. This allows the iPad to not only become a secondary display for the Mac, but also allows for Apple Pencil input into macOS through a list of supported apps.

Photographers and photo editors will enjoy a "true-to-life" viewing experience thanks to the P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color that shows over 1 billion colors.

The 9mm bezels are super narrow and the screen comes in two models: glossy glass and a matte finish.

The screen does not ship with a stand, and if buyers would rather purchase their own stand for the Pro Display XDR, they will need to buy a VESA mount adapter from Apple for $199. But is it really worth the cost at a base price of $5,999?

While Apple is known for its high prices, shocked sounds could be clearly heard from the audience when Apple's resident of hardware engineering, John Ternus, announced the price of the stand.