Apple Mac Pro 2019 - The most powerful Mac ever made

Jun 05, 2019, 01:19
Apple Mac Pro 2019 - The most powerful Mac ever made

The last Mac Pro came out in late 2013 as a workstation starting at $2,999.

The all-new Mac Pro features "workstation-class" Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring what Apple claims is "the world's most powerful graphics card". That's cool. But between the holes on the outer metal housing, the long metal handles, and slight trapezoidal shape, the whole thing looks like an oversized cheese grater... on wheels.

A new "Afterburner" card processes 6 billion pixels per second, which means you're getting three streams at 8K or 12 streams of 4K video.

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From the outside the new Mac Pro looks to be a reworking of the old PowerMac G5 tower but its front perforations and handles have been reworked. "Pro Display XDR is the world's best pro display and the flawless companion to the all-new Mac Pro".

Apple is still Apple, of course, so there's not a lot of technical data available about exactly which parts are going into the Pros. They could even co-locate their Mac Pro-based systems at third-party data centers, in order to take advantage of faster network access and professional-grade cooling and power infrastructure.

The new Mac Pro offers a vastly different design than the oft-maligned "trash can" design of the previous Mac Pro, which released almost 2,000 days ago.

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Another notable update in macOS Catalina is a new feature called Sidebar, which will enable using an iPad as a secondary display for a Mac. Apple charges $1,000 for a stand for its $5,000 monitor. The new Mac Pro is expensive - really expensive, especially if you toss in the Pro Display XDR - but the general consensus seems to be that it's the right computer Apple should have made for professionals years ago.

The Pro Display XDR will begin selling this fall alongside the Mac Pro. This is likely due to the fact that, unlike Apple CEO Tim Cook, most of us do not have a net worth measuring nine digits.

Adobe, Autodesk, Serif and BlackMagic have announced support for the Mac Pro with apps, as have SideFX, Red and Avid. The new Apple Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K display. You see, the new Mac Pro comes with a 1.4-kW powerplant. Still, users that are looking for an elegant package to place in their office without a ton of errant wires will find the iMac Pro to be a much more attractive package. I'd also like to point out that the company is selling an additional monitor stand for the display at an extra cost of United States $999 ($1,433).

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