The cheese grater is back, guys! ?
With a slight touch of nostalgia, Apple brought back the Mac pro for your product line. It should come as no surprise that their customers' desire for further expansion would call for a tower shape, which is exactly what Apple is delivering, but with more clothing, say, 2019.
The housing has an aluminum structure and stainless steel that is easy to move to and fro; it also maximizes airflow, and has casters (yes, training wheels) optional lower.
There's a new Intel Xeon processor up to 28 cores in there, with up to 300W of power and a power bill that takes up much of the product's internal volume to handle.
Apple is using 2.933GHz ECC memories, six channels with 12 (!) slots DIMMs up to 1.5TB of memory. For graphics, Apple is firmly partnering with AMD with the Radeon Pro 580X and Radeon Pro Vega II chipsets (up to 64GB of HBM2 memory); they can be connected to each other via Infinity Fabric Link.
Fortunately, Apple brought back PCIe expansion support with no less than eight (!) slots, four of them double-wide, three single-wide and one with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A and one 3.5mm audio.
We also have a new accelerator card called Apple Afterburner, to speed up work on video editing. It is capable of processing 6 billion pixels per second, great for those working with ProRes or ProRes RAW codecs. It supports up to 3 streams simultaneous in 8K resolution, or up to 12 streams in 4K.
The new Mac Pro also features two 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.
Not surprisingly, several large Apple customers in the pro market are behind the new Mac Pro project. Adobe, Autodesk, Serif and Blackmagic will have software optimized for the product, plus engines graphics for games and animations (from SideFX, RED, Unreal, Unity, Avid, Pixar and others).
The initial impression of Ma's professional home apps (Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro) is pretty good.
Pro Display XDR
To keep up with the Mac Pro, Apple has also developed a new monitor, the Pro Display XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range). Up to six of them can be plugged into the new pussy, with two anti-glare options, including a totally matte (more expensive) option called Nano-Texture.
The new monitor has a single screen size (32 inches) and brings a number of professionally designed features: 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio, regular brightness at 1,000 nits (with 1,600 peaks nits), wide 10-bit P3 color gamut, 6K Retina resolution (6016 × 3384 pixels, totaling over 20 million!) and support for various mounting and rotation options. It be connected via Thunderbolt 3 interface.
Obviously, all this power comes with a salty price after all, not a daily web browsing computer. The new Mac Pro starts at $ 6,000. The Pro XDR Display cost from $ 5,000; the Nano-Texture version goes for $ 6,000, with the stand (yes) costing $ 1,000 and VESA support $ 200.
The new products will hit the market in the fall, ie between September and December.