Apple finally refreshed its most powerful computer, the Mac Pro, at the Worldwide Developer Conference aka WWDC 2019. The Pro brought back the cheesegrater design of the first Mac Pro, in a bigger and better fashion. The Mac Pro also got a professional grade display to go with it, called the Pro Display XDR. Let’s get into it!
The Mac Pro
Apple has always aimed this particular Mac at the professionals, as the name suggests. It’s meant for industry professionals, like professional filmmakers and editors, graphic designers, et al. As such, the exorbitant specifications and the eyebrow-raising price isn’t that big of a deal.
The 2019 Mac Pro aims at giving a better experience to the pros when compared to the last generation, which was known as the trashcan. Apple was criticized for choosing form over factor, and subsequently, the more recent iMac Pro also brought Apple criticism. The iMac Pro was criticized for its poor repairability and upgradability, and Apple aims to go back to offering both those things to the max, with the Mac Pro. Here are the specs:
- Processor – Configure from an 8‑core to 28‑core Intel Xeon W processor
- Memory – Configure up to 1.5TB of DDR4 ECC memory in 12 user-accessible DIMM slots
- Storage – Configure up to 4TB of SSD storage
- Graphics – Configure two MPX Modules with up to four GPUs, options of AMD Radeon Pro 580X, Radeon Pro Vega II, and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo
- Power Supply – 1400 W
- Expansion Slots – Eight PCI Express expansion slots
- Afterburner – ProRes and ProRes RAW accelerator card, to help speed up video production
- Input/Output – I/O card up front with Two USB 3 ports, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Two 10Gb Ethernet ports. Two more Thunderbolt 3 ports on the top of the tower enclosure.
The MPX modules are proprietary add-ons designed by Apple. The starting base configuration will cost $5,999, but Verge reports that the fully loaded variant with GPUs and everything maxed out, could go up to $45,000.
Currently, the spiciest offer from Apple is the $1K iMac which you can check out on Amazon (it’s very possible the price will down significantly after this announcement).
In any case, the Mac Pro seems like a worthy offering from Apple for the pros.
The Pro Display XDR
Apple’s new display is not one for your gaming or watching Netflix, but a full-blown reference monitor with professional level color calibration that actually is cheap for what it is. For starters, it’s a Retina 6K resolution display. Take a look at the detailed specs:
- Retina 6K Display – 32-inch (diagonal) IPS LCD display with oxide TFT technology
- Resolution – 6016 by 3384 pixels at 218 pixels per inch, up to 60Hz
- XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) – Brightness: 1000 nits sustained (full screen), 1600 nits peak
- Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
- Color – P3 wide color gamut, 10-bit depth for 1.073 billion colors
- Viewing angle – Superwide angle with high-fidelity color and contrast at 89º left, 89º right, 89º up, 89º down
- Fully laminated; 1.65% reflectivity
- 2D backlighting system using 576 full array local dimming zones
- True Tone technology with dual ambient light sensor (ALS) design
- Reference mode presets available.
The monitor will set you back by $4,999, but there’s a catch. This price tag is without the stand. Apple also released a Pro Stand with amazing height adjustments, with support for even changing the orientation to portrait, and a great mounting system, for a whopping $999. The price drew laughter from the audience at WWDC, but given the fact that this is aimed at professionals, the price tag isn’t that big of a deal.
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So, should you buy a Mac Pro? Probably not, unless you’re a pro yourself, in which case it makes a very, very appealing buy that will have you covered for probably a decade?
Well at least we have memes:
Palash is a professional tech blogger, lover of all things IT, and an awesome guy overall. A former contributor Make Use Of and a casual gamer with a passion for English Lit. Cool combo!