Apple Refreshes Mac Pro With Modular Design, $6,000 Starting Price

Kelley Robertson
June 5, 2019

Apple just announced and showed off its new Mac Pro, a computer that hasn't been updated since 2013. 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.

The new Mac Pro looks like a traditional desktop computer, albeit with a unique design that looks a bit like a cheese grater. You will be rendered the same experience that you've seen on mobile, where your music catalog will be synced with Apple Music on the Mac. And if you're going to get one chances are you already have a VESA mount set up for an editing bay and won't need a stand.

The case also incorporates a lattice pattern to maximize airflow through the case. And you can add two of these to your Mac Pro. That's one of the main selling points of the new Mac Pro: modularity. Australian pricing hasn't yet been confirmed, but those in the U.S. can expect to pay a ridiculous USD$4999 for the Pro Display XDR.

Adobe, Autodesk, Serif and BlackMagic have announced support for the Mac Pro with apps, as have SideFX, Red and Avid. This also includes the several graphics cards options, including the Radeon Pro 580X and the Radeon Pro Vega II. 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.

Add in the Afterburner accelerator card, magic Keyboard and Trackpad, and the price reaches around $45,000.

Two Thunderbolt 3 and two USB Type-A ports are positioned on the front of the device, with another two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the top of the machine.

The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch LCD panel with 6016 x 3384 Retina 6k display, featuring more than 20 million pixels.

The display is factory calibrated, and features super wide viewing angles, a specialized polarizing filter that maintains off-angle color quality, and a glare-reducing glass surface with an optional matte finish. Apple is also claiming it pushes 1000 nits of brightness indefinitely, with 1,600 nits peak.

The monitors can also be rotated so that they can displayed in portrait as opposed to landscape.

The Pro Display XDR will be available in the fall. The standard model will sell for $4,999, with the matte-finish option selling for $5,999.

To put that in some context, an iMac Pro with an 8-core processor, 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD, costs $7,299 locally and that includes an integrated 5K display.

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