During its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple unveiled the long-awaited new Mac Pro desktop, complete with a drastic and stylish redesign.
Of course, style isn't everything, and the Mac Pro packs a lot of punch into its diminutive cylindrical frame, which Apple claimed would provide "breakthrough performance" at one-eighth the size of current Mac Pros desktops.
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Let's take a closer look at just what makes the new Mac Pro a desktop worth getting excited about.
New Mac Pro release date
It's been a while since Apple's dropped a desktop this revolutionary on consumers, and we can't wait to see what the Mac Pro is actually capable when we get our hands on one.
Apple announced at its October 22 event that the Mac Pro will hit the shops sometime in December - knee deep into the holiday season.
New Mac Pro price
If you're picturing one of Apple's super powerful computers sitting in the corner of your room, you might have to start saving up now, as Apple has confirmed that it will start at $2,999 (around £1,846, or AU$3,088) for the base configuration.
Though that price is highly likely to shoot up with more powerful configurations, owning a Mac Pro could place you in cool company. Apple says that the device has been tested and pushed to its limits by professionals such as filmmaker Dean Devlin (Independence Day), music producer Stuart Price (Lady Gaga) and photographer Lucas Gilman (National Geographic).
New Mac Pro specifications
Apple wasn't squeamish about breaking the Mac Pro open to give everyone a glimpse at the innards powering the 9.9-inch desktop.
The Mac Pro brings the noise with Intel Xeon E5 processors (check out this older-gen Xeon E5 review), which in turn are capable of supporting up to 12 core configurations to deliver two times the floating point performance.
Coupled with a pair of AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, the new Mac Pro is more than ready to handle up to seven teraflops of computations (versus the current Mac Pro's 2.7 teraflops), and delivers speeds more than two times faster than current generation Mac Pros.
More impressively, Apple is including 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM in the revamped Mac Pro, which gives it the ability to deliver up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth (the current Mac Pro can deliver 30GBps).
With that kind of power, the Mac Pro is a filmmaker's dream. Each of those GPUs are equipped with up to 6GB of deidcated VRAM, meaning it'll be able to render full-resolution 4K video, while also working out rendering effects on the side.
All of this hardware is built around a unified thermal core, which will give the Mac Pro the advantage of distributing that thermal capacity across all the processors evenly.
Of course, a machine can't generate all of that heat without having some way to keep cool, and Apple has found a way to achieve this by fitting the Mac Pro with one big fan.
Instead of using several smaller fans, there's a single, larger fan that sucks air upwards through a bottom vent to absorb heat and carry it out of the top. Apple says that this allowed it to design a fan with fewer blades that spin slower and draw air quicker while making less noise.
New Mac Pro Thunderbolt and more
A desktop wouldn't be any good without a plethora of ports, and the Mac Pro has them in spades.
There are six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each capable of supporting six daisy-chained devices, meaning you could have up to 36 different external devices hooked up to the Mac Pro with ease.
Add in the fact Thunderbolt 2 allows for up to 20GBs of bandwidth to each plugged device, and you've got yourself outstanding external performance almost unheard of to this point. Want to connect up to three 4K displays? Now you can.
Even if you don't have a wealth of Thunderbolt 2-compatible external hard drives or displays, the Mac Pro's ports are completely backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt connections, meaning you won't have to upgrade every last device you already have.
The Mac Pro wouldn't be what it is without more connectivity options than you can shake a stick at, and the updated models promise not to fall short by also featuring four USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and one HDMI 1.4 port.
Being a smaller desktop machine than previous iterations, the new Mac Pro should be more portable. it might not be designed to be carried around like a laptop, but then you may not want to sit with an Ethernet cable connected at all times.
Apple has fitted the desktop with 802.11ac Wi-Fi for those thinking about transporting the Mac Pro around, and there's also Bluetooth 4.0 to connect a number of other devices.
New Mac Pro storage and more
Taking a look at storage, the Mac Pro is set to arrive with PCI Express flash inside that Apple claims is up to 2.5 times faster than the fastest SATA-based SSD on the market and up to 10 times faster than a 7200-rpm SATA HDD.
On the design front, one of the Mac Pro's simple but neat effects is its ability to light up the rear I/O panel where the ports are at the back. It does so automatically when sensing movement to save you fumbling around when trying to connect cables in low light.
After all we've seen so far, we're inclined to believe Apple when it calls the Mac Pro "the most radical Mac yet."
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