The “cheese grater” is back, guys! ?
With a light touch of nostalgia, Apple brought back the Mac Pro for your product line. It would not be surprising that the desire of its avid customers for further expansion would ask for a tower shape, which is exactly what Apple is delivering, but with a more, say, 2019.
The housing has an aluminum and stainless steel structure that is easy to move to and fro; it also maximizes air flow, and has wheels (yes, casters) optional bottom.
There’s a new Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores in there, with up to 300W of power – and a power bill that takes up a good part of the product’s internal volume, to handle it.
Apple is using 2.933GHz, six-channel ECC memories with 12 (!) slots DIMMs reaching up to 1.5TB of memory. In terms of graphics, Apple maintains its partnership with AMD, with the chipsets Radeon Pro 580X and Radeon Pro Vega II (with up to 64GB of HBM2 memory); they can be connected to each other via Infinity Fabric Link.
Fortunately, Apple brought back support for PCIe expansion 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 jack.
We also have a new accelerator card called Apple Afterburner, to speed up video editing work. 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 at 8K resolution, or up to 12 streams in 4K.
The new Mac Pro also has two 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
As expected, several large Apple customers in the professional market are behind the design of the new Mac Pro. Adobe, Autodesk, Serif and Blackmagic will have software optimized for the product, in addition to engines graphics for games and animations (from SideFX, RED, Unreal, Unity, Avid, Pixar and others).
The initial impression of Apple’s “home-made” professional apps (Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro) is quite good.
Pro XDR Display
To accompany the Mac Pro, Apple also developed a new monitor, the Pro XDR Display (Extreme Dynamic Range). Up to six of them can be connected to the new pussy, with two anti-reflective options, including a completely matte (more expensive), called Nano-Texture.
The new monitor has a single screen size (32 inches) and brings a series of features designed for the professional market: 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio, regular brightness at 1,000 nits (with peaks of 1,600 nits), wide range of P3 colors in 10 bits, Retina 6K resolution (6016 × 3384 pixels, totaling more than 20 million!) and support for several mounting and rotation options. It will be connected via the Thunderbolt 3 interface.
Obviously, all this power will come with a hefty price tag – after all, it is not a computer for daily web browsing. The new Mac Pro will start at $ 6,000. Pro Display XDR will start at US $ 5,000; the Nano-Texture version goes for US $ 6 thousand, with the stand (yes) costing US $ 1,000 and the VESA support, US $ 200.
The new products will hit the market in the fall, that is, between September and December.