In the early hours of this morning, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and they came locked and loaded. Typically an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant app ecosphere and the incredible developers who make this a reality, the WWDC also serves as a means of releasing their latest software and a couple of key hardware products to the tech heads who care most.
One of the key hardware products announced at the WWDC is the all new 2019 Mac Pro. After admitting that maybe the ‘glossy trash can’ Mac Pro of 2013 was a mistake, Apple decided to go back to basics. Yep, that means the ‘cheese grater’ is back and it’s looking leaner and meaner than ever. With a focus on modularity and flexibility, the new Mac Pro promises to be endlessly adaptable to the user’s demand.
Under the hood, it boasts the latest Intel Xeon processor with the potential of up to 28 Cores maxing out at 300W of power and heavy-duty cooling. All this is designed so the Mac Pro can “run unconstrained at full power at all times.” The 28 Core option is assisted by a staggering 1.5 Terabytes worth of RAM… To put that in perspective, the latest Mac Pro at top specs will have around 185 times more Memory than the very snazzy Macbook pro I’m writing on at the moment. You’ll find it pretty comfortable running just about any program under the sun.
In terms of graphics, the latest Mac Pro doesn’t pull any punches. It’s got space for as many as four AMD Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards. That’s powerful enough to play three simultaneous streams of 8k video. Not ones, to shy away from a live demonstration, Apple went ahead and did just that during the keynote.
Other specs of note include:
- Eight PCI Express slots – four of them being double-wide to accommodate larger expansion cards;
- Two USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 and two USB-A ports;
- A brand new, custom expansion module dubbed the MPX Module;
By transitioning back to the traditional ‘cheese grater’ design, Apple are able to move away from less thermally restrained computing and really shoot for stars with their specs. Along with being more powerful, it also claims to be quieter, more efficient than previous models.
The entry level Mac Pro will come at casual $5999, however if you’re looking to max out the configurations and cop the Pro Display XDR, you’ll be lucky to get away with spending anything less than $13 big ones. Now, this isn’t exactly what’d you’d call economical, but it’s not totally unexpected. When taking into account the production costs, price of competing products on the market and the typical Apple brand name mark up – it kinda makes sense to go for this much.
What do you think of the latest iteration of the Mac Pro? Let us know in the comments.