By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014
Despite what some would call a steep asking price, Apple’s desktop powerhouse – the new Mac Pro - has been universally regarded by reviewers as the dream machine for content creators who desperately wanted a reasonably priced monster workstation that would make real-time 4K video editing a reality. And despite scarce availability – online orders slipped to February and in-store availability is not expected before March – the new Mac Pro never ceases to amaze us.
Some power users have voiced their concern that Apple would, as is often its wont, lock down the system to allow only for memory upgrades. As it turns out, the new Mac Pro is one of Apple’s most expandable Macs, if not the most expandable one.
A teardown analysis by iFixIt has revealed a socketed Intel CPU, accessible RAM and no proprietary Torx screws (go figure!), giving the workstation an eight out of ten for repairability.
Earlier in the week, Other World Computing (OWC) has confirmed that the Mac Pro’s Intel Xeon E5 processor was socketed and removable. Today, the OWC team said it’s successfully swapped the stock CPU with an eight-core Xeon E5–2667 V2 chip not offered as the Online Apple Store’s built-to-order option… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014
So you’ve shelled north of $3,000 for a brand spanking new Mac Pro so you could edit 4K video in real-time and I imagine that, as a bonus, the machine would help declutter your desktop due to its drastically reduced footprint (MacWorld has a nice gallery comparing the system to every day objects).
If for some reason you prefer to use your Mac Pro on its side instead of its default upright position, you can do so because Apple’s engineers have designed a fan system to support cooling in both orientations, provided you follow the company’s guidelines listed in a newly published support document… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 2, 2014
We all know that Apple’s new Mac Pro is smaller than its predecessor, and in most instances more powerful, but did you know that it’s also far more green as well? The Cupertino company released an Environmental Report today on its latest desktop saying just that.
According to the report, the new Mac Pro uses less than half of the allowed energy limit under Energy Star requirements, thanks to its various power-efficient components. And it also requires 68% less power than the previous-generation Mac Pro while in idle mode… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 27, 2013
Quick, what’s more painful than dropping anywhere between $3,000 to $20,000 on Apple’s juicy new Mac Pro? Being unable to perform a DIY upgrade of the computer’s main processor to a faster Intel chip down the road, of course! But worry not as a quick teardown has confirmed an upgradeable CPU so tinkerers and creative pros around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Other World Computing, a U.S. company which has been in the business of selling various after-market upgrades for Apple products since 1998, has tore apart the new Mac Pro to reveal a socketed Intel Xeon E5 chip, potentially allowing for future upgrades… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 24, 2013
Apple’s radical new Mac Pro went on sale last week and despite critics slamming it for Apple’s high asking price (although it isn’t more than you’d pay for a similarly configured Windows PC), shipping estimates for the re-engineered pro desktop slipped to February 2014 just hours after release, indicating pent-up demand among creative professionals.
Though baseline configurations of the Texas-built machine started shipping to first customers yesterday, those who purchased built-to-order machines will have to wait a month or so. Meanwhile, first Mac Pro reviews have hit the web and the verdict is unanimous: this is every video editor/creative pro’s dream machine… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2013
Wow, that was fast – just hours after its radical new pro desktop, the Mac Pro, went on sale this morning, shipping estimates on the Online Apple Store have slipped to as far back as February 2014. Apple’s new pro desktop is being assembled in Austin, Texas, where its cylindrically-shapped enclosure is also being manufactured.
Apple originally quoted shipping estimates of “by December 30″ for stock configurations, but now all stock and build-to-order configurations show a new estimate of February 2014… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2013
As promised yesterday, Apple’s all-new Mac Pro desktop computer is now available for order via the company’s website. Ready-made models are shipping right now by December 30 and upgraded versions are showing ‘available to ship’ dates in January.
The new Mac Pro comes in two flavors: a $2999 model equipped with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash storage, and a $3999 model with a 3.5 GHz 6-core E5 chip, 16 GB of RAM, and a better graphics card… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2013
When Apple teased its new Mac Pro at WWDC a few months ago, the company’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller put up a slide showing a guy in an editing room in front of three huge 4K monitors, all hooked up to the machine. “You could be that guy,” he quipped, provoking a laughter from the audience.
Schiller also said Apple was working on a Final Cut Pro update optimized for the Mac Pro’s powerful dual AMD FirePro graphics and he wasn’t lying: just as the new Mac Pro launched on the online Apple Store this morning, Apple followed up by pushing updates to Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Motion and its other pro apps, all optimized for the Mac Pro’s hardware and with 4K content, 4K monitoring support via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers and a whole bunch of additions and performance enhancements… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2013
Apple has announced this morning that its radical new pro desktop, the beautifully cylindrically shaped Mac Pro, will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, December 19.
The dream desktop for creative pros packs in enough oomph to drive up to three external displays, each at whopping 4K resolution, courtesy of dual AMD FirePro graphics chips with up to 6GB of VRAM.
It also includes the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCI Express solid state storage… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2013
Remember last month when we told you that Jony Ive’s one-of-a-kind Mac Pro sold for nearly $1 million at his Product (RED) auction? And do you remember thinking who in the world would pay that much money for a computer? Well it looks like the answer is Tony Faddell.
Photographer Kevin Abosch posted a handful of tweets this afternoon with photos of the ‘father of the iPod’ and Nest founder posing next to the (RED) Mac Pro, as well as the solid gold EarPods from the same auction. The two items combined sold for close to $1.5 million… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 4, 2013
During its October iPad event, Apple confirmed that its redesigned Mac Pro would be available in December, but it wouldn’t get any more specific than that. The month has already started, so technically, we could see it any day now.
But according to German retailer Conrad Electronic, we still have about two weeks before we see the highly anticipated desktop. Conrad has begun taking pre-orders for the computer, and says it’s officially launching on December 16… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2013
Remember that beautiful, one-of-a-kind red Mac Pro designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newson we told you about last month? Well it and several other items designed by the pair sold this weekend at their Sotheby’s (RED) Auction in New York.
And as with most high-profile charity auctions, the selling prices for most of these items were pretty ridiculous. The Mac Pro, for example, was expected to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000, but it ended up selling for just shy of a million dollars… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2013
Apple really means business with its next-generation Mac Pro desktop. The hype machine went into overdrive during last week’s keynote as Tim Cook & Co. resorted to all sorts of superlatives in pitching the computer’s advanced architecture.
We were already shown how the Mac Pro is made and drooled over Jony Ive’s one-off Product(RED) Mac Pro variant designed for charity.
And now, Apple’s attention turns to the people that keep feeding the beast: journalists. A few select writers have confirmed receiving Apple’s cool posters which promote the machine. In Apple’s own words, the ultimate desktop is “the computer we were insane to build”… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2013
The prolific 3D designer Martin Hajek has envisioned a number of interesting Apple concepts, some more successful than the others. A few examples of his more recent work include the iPad mini 2 in gold and blue, the iWatch running Apple Maps and other iWatch renders.
Taking inspiration from a unique red Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive to be auctioned off for charity, Hajek has now produced a set of nice renditions attempting to imagine what Apple’s upcoming pro desktop might look like in gold finish… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2013
A one-of-a-kind Mac Pro is scheduled to go up for auction by Sotheby’s next month. Designed by Apple senior vice president of design Jony Ive and friend Marc Newson, the red, aluminum-clad Mac is expected to sell for as much as $60,000.
The two designers have teamed up on a number of other one-off products for Sotheby’s upcoming benefit. And the proceeds from these and other items will go to Product (RED), a long-time Apple partner that fights AIDS and other diseases… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2013
Not that long ago, these three words – ‘Made in USA’ – stood out for American quality, craftsmanship and reliability. What a difference a few decades make! As everyone’s been building virtually everything in China, small wonder even Apple’s boss Tim Cook, like his predecessor Steve Jobs, suspects those manufacturing jobs won’t be coming back anytime soon. What might is (some) assembly work.
It was only recently that the nation’s tech brands began experimenting with doing final assembly domestically. Motorola, for example, is putting the final pieces of the Moto X in place at a Texas plant, previously a Nokia facility.
Apple, in the meantime, has always designed its products in California and tapped its vast network of suppliers and contract manufacturers in Taiwan and China to build its gizmos. That’s starting to change now as Apple’s next-generation Mac Pro marks the company’s return to the US in a limited manufacturing capacity.
The upcoming dream desktop is being assembled in a $100 million U.S. plant. And like Motorola’s, Apple’s facility is located in Texas. So, how does Apple build such a sophisticated and radically rethought desktop computer? Industrial designer Greg Koenig took a closer look at an eye-candy Mac Pro assembly video Apple played at yesterday’s keynote, here’s what he gleaned from it…
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2013
It’s the iPad day and Apple CEO Tim Cook has just finished his usual barrage of Apple biz stats at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. After saying that Mavericks is available today as a free Mac App Store download and taking the wraps off the updated and cheaper 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros, the company has now formally announced that its next-generation Mac Pro – pitched as “the future of the pro desktop” – is going to ship in December, costing just $2,999 for the entry-level configuration. I’ve included a few more tidbits right after the break.. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2013
Apple has kicked off its blockbuster Fall with September’s double iPhone launch and followed-up by updating the iMac family with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell chips, 8GB of RAM standard across all models, faster graphics and ultra-fast PCIe flash storage and other goodies.
Now, our attention has already turned to other products in Apple’s 2013 pipeline. AllThingsD last week claimed Apple will hold an iPad media event on October 22 and today a pretty reliable French blog has published availability dates for the upcoming new iPads, as well as updated MacBook Pro notebooks and the next-generation Mac Pro… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2013
According to AllThingsD, the reliable technology blog operated by The Wall Street Journal, Apple will be holding an iPad focused event exactly two weeks from today, on October 22. Now, Apple typically likes to run its big media events on Tuesdays and October 22 is a Tuesday. It’s also six days before Apple’s upcoming fiscal 2013 fourth quarter earnings release so it should be a boon for the stock price.
And as per the obligatory “people familiar with Apple’s plans” (read: Apple’s public relations department), the invitation-only event will focus on new iPads, though new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks should get some stage time as well… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2013
As Apple engineers scramble to finalize the next-generation Mac Pro for US-based assembly, the company’s marketing department has been increasingly teasing and hyping the dream machine ahead of its Fall launch. Moviegoers who’d gone out to see the new Jobs biopic last weekend, or any other movie for that matter, spotted a Mac Pro video.
The clip, which later started airing in theaters nationwide, shows the radically new machine from various angles without revealing too much. Now that Apple has uploaded the commercial to YouTube, expect to see it rolling on television nationwide. I’ve queued up the video right after the fold… Read More