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After a long wait, Apple presented yesterday, at the opening keynote of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, the ninth Mac pro. He seems to cater to all the desires of professionals and companies that make a really sturdy use of computers.

as Rodrigo Ghedin put in User Manual:

Before you swear at me for burgus or any other such heavy term, I explain: We're talking about professional equipment. No one in their right mind would buy a Mac Pro to do TCC, play Fortnite, or upgrade Uncle's Bakery Face. Anyone who buys this kind of stuff renders heavy animations, makes complex engineering simulations and designs, compiles gigantic applications you get it: people who benefit from the processing power and expansion possibilities that the new Mac Pro offers. And rich people without a clue, but those you can curse will.

The big problem with the initial criticism of the new Mac Pro and its Pro Display XDR monitor is that they come from a public totally oblivious to the need for such equipment. Mac Pro is completely different from all other existing Macs, including the iMac Pro itself.

New Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR

Pro Display XDR follows the same reasoning. Some are kidding that only their support cost the same as the full monitor cost in 2011 ($ 1,000), but here is another level. Apple is putting it in front of professional monitors with very high color accuracy, she cited a $ 43,000 keynote, but Jonathan Morrison brought in another example of just over $ 29,000 (4K resolution at 6K). In this scenario, the $ 6,000 Pro Display XDR (already with its Pro Stand) became a bargain.

That said, it's fun to imagine how much a custom Mac Pro can cost as Apple only gave us the starting price of $ 6,000 for a configured 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB RAM, AMD Radeon graphics card Pro 580X and 256GB SSD. With an XDR Pro Display and its Pro Stand, we've reached $ 12,000.

O The verge made some estimates of how much it should be left to customize the Mac Pro, obviously based on the American reality but considering some general market prices that are usually far more affordable than Apple usually charges directly (which fortunately an option in the case of the new one). Mac Pro, after all, no one has to pay the “Apple fee” for upgrades if they don't want to).


  • 12 128GB DDR4 ECC 2.933MHz RAM Combs each (1.5TB total) = $ 18,000 (Apple charges $ 5,200 for 256GB on the iMac Pro and a lower RAM of 2,666MHz, so quite capable of buying 1.5TB for it exceeds $ 30,000).
  • Two 2TB SSDs each = $ 2,400 (Apple same price, based on iMac Pro).
  • An Intel Xeon W 28 core processor with 2.5GHz and Turbo boost at 4.4GHz, with 66.5MB cache = $ 7,500
  • Two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Graphics Cards with Infinity Fabric Link and 64GB HBM2 Memory = $ 12,000
  • An Apple Afterburner Accelerator Card = It is not yet known how much it costs

Only here, on top of the $ 6,000 base, has it reached $ 45,900. With Afterburner, the Mac Pro Wheel Kit and a certain margin of error, we easily reached $ 50,000. But that of course s the tower.

Since we are here to play big people, we have to consider on the account also six (!) Pro Display XDRs on the Nano-Texture version with a Pro Stand each, which then add up to over $ 42,000. $ 92,000 total by the kit. 😄

Considering that the "Apple Dollar" (currency conversion + taxes and other costs) is now around 7.5x, this unimaginable "kit" would arrive in Brazil by about $ 690,000. Okay, now you have the rest of the day to digest this information.