If you thought the black trash bin-like Mac Pro was bad aesthetically, well, it is not because, Apple just upgraded the 2013 design to “it actually looks pretty good” level with the new, completely redesigned Mac Pro. As you may have already noticed, trypophobics may not be amused by the design. I am kind of a trypophobic. I am not going to deny that.
The first time I saw the product images, they totally trigger my trypophobia and it still does as I am writing this article. Unlike the Jobs-era Mac Pro that many could agree it was pro and timeless, the new Mac Pro’s design is either you love it or fear it (or more like gross out by it). Urghh… the image of the front of the machine gives we the shudder.
Anyways, key features you can expect includes workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5 TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture boasting the world’s most powerful graphics card. And oh, it has a stowable handle integrated to its case, so you lug it around if you ever need to. The handle is also the “key” to removing the aluminum case to enable 360-degree access to the innards.
With the announcement, Apple also unveiled the Apple Pro Display XDR to complement the new Pro rig. The Apple Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K display (6,016x 3,384 pixels) featuring P3 wide color gamut, true 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and super wide viewing angle. The Apple Pro Display XDR is offered with an optional pro stand that enables tilt and height adjustable as well as rotation.
The Apple Mac Pro (June 2019) and the Apple Pro Display XDR will be available to order this Fall. As for pricing, the all-new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 and the Apple Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999. And the Pro Stand costs as much as a 4K monitor, going at $999.
All images courtesy of Apple.