Apple on Wednesday said that it will release its much-anticipated Mac Pro and accompanying Pro Display XDR monitor in December. The Mac Pro will be available starting at $5,999 and the Pro Display XDR will cost $4,999.
The Mac Pro is a return to modular form for Apple. After the turbine-shaped 2013 edition of the Mac Pro failed to excite customers, Apple went back to the drawing board and came up with an entirely new design, which it first showcased during its Worldwide Developer Conference last June. The company said at the time it would release the new Mac Pro in the fall. Rumors coalesced this week that Apple would announce a December release for the new Mac Pro, in tandem with the new MacBook Pro announcement.
The Mac Pro sports Intel Xeon silicon inside with support for up to 28 cores, eight PCIe expansion slots, support for up to 1.5 TB of DDR4 ECC RAM, two MPX modules for graphics cards, with support for up to four GPUs (including factory-installed AMD Radeon Pro hardware), and configurable with up to 4 TB of SSD storage. All internal expansion is easily user-accessible, and the system is also able to be rack-mounted.
The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch display with 6016 x 3384 native resolutions at 218 pixels per inch (PPI). At $4,999 ($5,999 with Nano Texture Glass) plus another thousand bucks for the stand, this isn’t a display intended for a general audience – instead, it’s aimed at digital video pros and others who require uncompromising video quality for film mastering and other work.