Apple finally unveiled a new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019, complete with the modern hardware that creatives and professionals have been demanding for years.
The new Mac Pro has up to a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, and up to 1.5TB of 6-channel ECC system memory, meaning you should never run into any task that’s too heavy for the new Mac Pro.
The more cores, the better it can handle multiple tasks at once – so the processor powering the new Mac Pro will undoubtedly take even the most strenuous creative tasks in its stride.
Memory-wise, the Mac Pro supports six-channel memory and comes with 12 slots, which allows you to install up to 1.5TB of RAM.
The entry model Mac Pro comes with a 256GB SSD – which is the only part of the specifications which seems a bit reserved, as that doesn’t offer much storage space these days. However, you’ll be able to upgrade it with up to a 4TB drive.
Apple will facilitate new graphics cards with its new MPX module, a PCIe expansion card that not only allows you to slot in more powerful graphics cards, but will also feature native Thunderbolt integration and 500W of power. You can have two of these cards in the Mac Pro, which will allow you to use two Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs.
The Mac Pro price is $5,999 (about £4,730, AU$8.720), and that’s for the base model with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor (CPU), Radeon 580X graphics processor (GPU) and 32GB of ECC memory (RAM).
Apple also unveiled a new professional monitor – the Pro Display XDR – which comes with a matching design that compliments the Mac Pro. This monitor features a 32-inch Retina 6K display (the world’s first), and the next level in high-dynamic range (HDR), what Apple calls Extreme Dynamic Range (or XDR).
This 32-inch 6K display features a Nano-Texture surface that should dissipate reflections without affecting the image quality.
Apple announced the Mac Pro 2019 release date for “fall 2019,” meaning that it’ll be here between September and November.The best part? Getting access to the innards of the new Mac Pro should be remarkably easy, thanks to the chassis design. The outer aluminum housing lifts off in one motion, granting easy access to the entire system for easy expansion.
For those that were unconvinced about the previous Mac Pro’s design, this is far more industrial. Designed to be modular, the Mac Pro’s leanings are more traditional with the combination of brushed aluminum and heat sink holes festooning the outer shell. It’s brutal and says ‘this is for working on, not to look good’. It can be rack mounted, and you can screw wheels on the bottom to move it around an office or studio.