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Apple just unveiled the Mac Pro desktop we’ve been waiting for

Apple just unveiled the Mac Pro desktop we’ve been waiting for

The bottom line: Apple's revamped Mac Pro, while expensive, appears to represent a return to excellence, a back-to-roots move that tosses the trash can in favor of earlier, beloved generations of the computer.

The new Mac Pro comes with a design that focuses on modularity and flexibility. The new machine has casing that looks like a cheese grater that can be lifted off to swap out components including storage drives, memory chips and the graphics processor. It also introduces Apple Afterburner, a game-changing accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously. In this video, we'll take our first look at Apple's new products. The Pro Display XDR will start at $4,999.

There has clearly been a lot of effort been put in to make sure the design is right, with huge emphasis being placed on thermal management, allowing the machine to run full bore with it's maximum configuration of 28 cores without need for throttling. The new Mac Pro will be available in the fall for a starting price of US$5999. Apple only revealed the base price of the 2019 Mac Pro which starts at $5,999. A Mac Pro could push six of these displays, and a 15-inch MacBook Pro can power two. That's about 40% more screen space than a Retina 5K display. Apple plans to offer an I/O module that adds two more USB-C, two USB-A, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The company is pushing video editing performance in particular, touting an optional video card called "Afterburner" that includes a programmable ASIC that Apple claims can decode more than 6 billion pixels per second.

After looking at the Pro Display XDR in Apple's showcase area and seeing photos on it compared with other professional HDR-ready displays - some of which cost $43,000 - I can tell you all the jargon adds up to incredible picture quality.

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With the new Mac Pro, Apple has returned to the basics in a big manner.

The Apple Pro Display XDR is also available in a model with nano-texture glass, which delivers lower reflectivity and less glare. The firm made a decent number of significant announcements but probably the most interesting for tech enthusiasts was the unveiling of the all-new Mac Pro computer and Pro Display XDR monitor.

In addition to the standard US$4,999 model, Apple is also offering a variant for an additional $999. If you've got deep pockets, you can pick one up around fall for $5,999.

Sure, maybe you're gonna mount the display via VESA to a wall or attach it on a desk arm, but it feels like Apple's cheaping out on the stand here.


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