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“Hands-on”: the first impressions of those who tested the new Mac Pro

During the special Apple event that took place last week, it was not just iPads (Air and mini with Retina display) that were available to guests for tests to be made. The new Mac Pro also gained space on the table hands-on.

Mac Pro (backlit) Mac Pro open

Taking into account the great change that Apple made in the machine, we found it interesting to bring to the the opinions of those who played with him a little. Check it out below:

Matthew Panzarino, from TechCrunch

We saw some people use it (the Mac Pro) for video and photo editing, and the results certainly looked smooth and impressive. However, it is difficult to say how it works in the real world, far from a controlled demonstration.

Team AppleInsider

The computer was also being demonstrated running Final Cut Pro X on a 4K display created by Sharp, connected to one or more of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports that equip the Mac Pro. With up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per channel, the Mac Pro can connect to up to 36 Thunderbolt peripherals, including hard drives (HDDs), PCI expansion components, audio / video boxes and high-resolution displays.

Chris Davies, from SlashGear

The result is a tower that still surprises by how compacted it is, and that you can place your fingers around the recessed edge at the top, which is part of the ventilation system to lift it yourself. Obviously, you have to disconnect all peripherals from the back (the motion sensor goes into action and illuminates all the doors for you), but it makes the absence of connections at the front of the panel acceptable, since it is easy turn the machine over and see the rear.

Joel Santo Domingo, from PCMag

The system is very quiet, especially when idle. But even under stress, like doing streaming of 16 videos with 4K resolution, we could not hear the machine in the noisy and relatively alive environment that was the demonstration room. The machine must have a great appeal among music and video professionals who need to work in quiet stadiums.

Mark Prigg, from Stuff

Obviously, the Mac Pro does not target casual computer users; these 12 core Xeons will be put to work in editing islands, visual effects stadiums and other intense processing environments. We put the computer in place with some 3D live renderings and the results were incredible; complex scenes were rendered almost instantly, and many of them would take many minutes on current top-of-the-line stations.

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The new ones MacBooks Pro with Retina display they were also commented on by some who have already put their hands on them. Overall, as we have already highlighted here on the website, it was a very incremental update (more battery, a little more performance, more graphics performance, new Thunderbolt 2 ports, Wi-Fi compatible with the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, etc.).

Darrell Etherington, from TechCrunch, for example, saw little difference between the old and the new 15-inch model even though the new is more responsive. In the 13-inch, the difference was slightly greater, since it became even lighter and thinner (1.61kg vs. 1.56kg; 1.9cm vs. 1.8cm).

Finally, it is worth watching again the video above Apple which shows a little the production process of the new Mac Pro that, unlike other products of the company, will be made in the United States.

And our support is that, along with the Mac Pro, which hits the market in December 2013, Apple also launches a new display (perhaps with the name “Apple Retina Display” or “Apple 4K Display”). After all, it is past time for the current Thunderbolt Display to leave the scene.