“Can’t innovate anymore my ass.” The infamous words of Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, shortly after introducing the new Mac Pro at WWDC this past June. The black, cylindrical Mac Pro looks as if it were inspired ‘Darth Vader’, but a release date for the supercomputer remained a mystery throughout the year. Apple announced today that the Mac Pro release date is set for tomorrow, December 19th. It will be available through Apple’s online store, their retail stores and select authorized retailers. Pricing starts at $2999 with custom configurations that can easily move that figure upward.
Mac Pro Pricing
The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.
It’s unclear if any media outlets have had early access to the Mac Pro to conduct reviews. Based on today’s announcement, it might be weeks before we see the likes of Anandtech put this machine through the proper paces. Even without reviews, the wait for a new Mac Pro has been long, so the lack of reviews won’t dull their enthusiasm. There is a specific audience for this type of machine, typically video and audio editors who need sheer power. The Mac Pro supports multiple 4K monitors, something that’s not yet available in the Apple Store. It will be interesting to see if Apple has 3rd party 4K monitors available for purchase.
Source: Apple via BusinessWire