Six years since the computer was last updated and more than two years since the Mac Pro’s modular high-end revamp was announced, Apple released today the Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR, starting at $5999 and $4999 respectively. First ship configurations on 18th December.
The Mac Pro base starts with a relatively observable8-core 32 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD configuration but can be spectacled up to insane high-end internals, accompanied by an insanely high cost, aimed at true professional environments such as video editing bays.
One of the issues with the previous Mac Pro trashcan model was that it offered no opportunity for internal upgradability, and the cylindrical design limited how much heat the components could produce, which meant that Apple would never be able to provide more powerful GPUs. The new Mac Pro is a direct response to these criticisms, reminiscent of the old’ cheesegrater’ model, with a new case with a swathe of internal space and bays, combined with great heat dissipation and airflow.
It means that the Mac Pro will support a 28-Core Xeon CPU, up to 1.5 terabytes of RAM up to 4 graphics cards running at once, and an internal SSD of 8 Gb. A total of 8 PCI Express card slots are available on the Mac Pro motherboard. For maximum performance, Apple’s’ MPX cards’ take up two of these slots, but an MPX enclosure is not required.
Apple has also developed a special Afterburner accelerator card that targets video professionals squarely. The card speeds up video codecs from ProRes and ProRes that translate workflows like Final Cut Pro into direct performance gains while working on projects in those formats.
All this power is contained in a custom chassis with a steel metal cover that can be removed to make the components easy to access. The chassis features handles so it can be easily picked up and moved around, and as an additional purchase Apple also provides tires. Also available is a rack-mountable Mac Pro configuration.
The Pro Display XDR costs $5000 to begin with a matte nanotexture screen finish available for an additional $1000. The brightness of 1600 nit maximum and 1000 nit constant brightness make this32-inch 6 K screen rival reference monitors which usually sell for more than $20,000. With a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the Pro Display XDR provides 10-bit color depth and P3 wide color range, broad viewing angles. The’ eXtreme Dynamic Range’ comes from a sophisticated backlighting system consisting of 576 individual LEDs that can be switched on or off locally instead of one large backlight found in typical desktop displays.
With the monitor itself, the pro price tag doesn’t stop; Apple’s display is sold without a stand. Apple’s adjustable and rotatable Pro Stand costs an extra $999, and if you already have a stand you would like to use with the Pro Display XDR, the Vesa mount is still an extra $200.
The Mac Pro and Pro Display can now be ordered from the Apple Online Store.