When Apple released the “trashcan” Mac Pro in 2013, it was praised for its engineering, chided for its design, and criticized for the lack of upgradability. Apple teased a new Mac Pro for years, and now, finally, it is here.
The Mac Pro 2013 was a fantastic piece of engineering, that much cannot be ignored, but with advances in technology, it has become hard to recommend, even for the most diehard Apple fan, when a similarly priced PC is just… better. At WWDC 2019, Apple finally announced the long-promised upgrade to the Mac Pro, the biggest feature being… wheels!
I’m kidding, the biggest feature is upgradability. With Apple realizing that professionals want PCI expansion, they have come back with four double-wide slots, three single-wide slots, and one half-width slot for I/O, which Apple defaults to two USB-A ports, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a headphone jack!
The motherboard of the Mac Pro really puts the Pro back into the line, supporting the Intel Xeon line of processors with up to 28 Cores and a ridiculous 1.5 TB of RAM (With a T) for all of your graphics needs and maybe even to run Chrome!
Apple is making some crazy claims as well, saying that their new hardware, called Afterburner, makes the Mac Pro capable of playing three 8K RAW video streams (or 12 streams at 4K) with a custom cooling solution, saying that even when processing six billion pixels per second, it shouldn’t be louder than the iMac Pro.
Apple is also coming out with a new Cinema display, which will be a 6K HDR Retina display, which they are calling XDR.
The Mac Pro is going to be starting at $5,999 this fall with the Radeon Pro 580X, 32 GB of memory, eight-core Xeon CPU, and a 256 GB SSD, which is surprisingly well priced, continuing Apple’s trend of actually being reasonably priced compared to an exact competitor. The fact they are also going to have a rack-mounted option for server rooms is huge!
Are you planning on picking up one of these? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!