Apple introduces the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR
Jun 04 2019
Both hardware announcements are aimed at professionals in fields like video compositing, 3D rendering, photography, and audio engineering.
As one person told us today, having these extra features on the new Pro set up gave him almost half a day back - and that allows far more artwork to be created.
Opening the system to access its internal bits is as simple as grasping a handle, which sits flush with the top edge, turning the handle, and then lifting the aluminum housing. According to Apple, the three-dimensional interlocking hemisphere pattern simultaneously assists with airflow by maximizing surface area and makes the case rigid but lightweight.
The new Mac Pro is designed for performance and customization.
Really though, I'm only focusing on the aesthetic because what's actually valuable about the new Mac Pro is for folks who work on projects that need far more horsepower than blogging. The starting configuration has an 8-core Xeon procesor, 32GB of memory, a Radeon PRo 580X and a 256GB SSD. Inside, you'll find 8 PCIe slots (half of those are double-wide, three are single-wide). Apple's T2 security chip is also included.
The Apple MPX Module graphics expansion architecture brings more than 500W of power and Thunderbolt integration to the table. The cooling system has three fans in the front and a large blower. Mac Pro can accommodate two MPX Modules so customers can use two Vega II Duos for a staggering 56 teraflops of graphics performance and 128GB of video memory. This features 14 teraflops of compute performance as well as 32GB of memory and 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. The new Mac Pro also introduces Apple Afterburner, a hardware accelerator card that can process up to 6.3 pixels per second, which allows up to 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW, 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW, or 16 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video all at 30 frames per second. And you can add two of these to your Mac Pro. For now, all Apple will say is that the base model starts at $6,000. A version optimized for rack deployment is also going to be made available. And for the Pro Display XDR, it will start at a whopping $4,999. To go along with it, the company also unveiled a brand new 6K HDR monitor called the Pro Display XDR. That's about 40% more screen space than a Retina 5K display. "With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and a highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point". That matte finish isn't just an extra glare-reducing coating, it's a nanoscale etching into the surface of the glass, which should stave off reflections and glare and never wear off. Rather, it's the fact that on top of all that the Pro Stand costs an additional $999.
Apple has dubbed the monitor the Pro Display XDR, and it's possible to connect up to six of these displays to one Mac Pro.
The display is VESA-mountable.
The Pro Display XDR will be available in the fall. The standard model will sell for $4,999, with the matte-finish option selling for $5,999.