Meet The New Mac Pro [WWDC 2013]

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Apple just gave developers at WWDC a sneak peek of the next Mac Pro, a revolutionary and radical new design for the next ten years. “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!” quips Phil Schiller.

It’s a major departure, with a new stealth look. The new Mac Pro is built around a new unified thermal core, with a new generation 12-core Xeon processor. Twice as fast as the previous generation. The memory’s also super charged, 1866MHz DD3 with a 60GBps bandwidth. This is a powerhouse.

The internal storage is new PCIe Flash, which is 2.5X faster than any flash ever built, and ten times faster than the fastest Mac hard drive.

It’s expandable through Thunderbolt 2, with 20GBps throughput. That’s double the performance of industry standard. This will be problematic for some types of expansion, like video. It comes with six Thunderbolt ports, driven by three Thunderbolt controllers.

The new Mac Pro comes with dual workstation GPUs, with 528 GBps total bandwidth. It also supports up to 3 4K displays.

“This is a Mac unlike any that we have ever made,” says Schiller. And it’s tiny: just 1/8th the size of the past Mac Pro.

The Mac Pro is coming this Fall. And guess what? It’s 100% Made in the USA. We called it.

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  • Stuka_UK

    1/8th the size?… What am I gonna do with the space around it where my Mac Pro currently fits perfectly?

    Actually, I probably won’t buy it….. can’t see medium power users needing it now, and looks like it will price itself out of home useage for the masses.

    2nd hand Mac Pro prices are worth checking out now, and they’re still brilliant machines.

  • JMO_L

    Looks like they sacrificed expandability for size. Like the new Macbooks and iMac, figured this was going to happen. Poor design (first impression) very upset with Apple over this, unacceptable.

  • marclequime

    “1/8th the size?… What am I gonna do with the space around it where my Mac Pro currently fits perfectly?”

    Oh I’m sure Apple are sorry, and will completely alter the design to fit your space. No, really, you’re the only consumer Apple care about.

  • Robert Grimm

    Without internal expansion options, that is not a professional machine, no matter how powerful it is. This is a consumer device with the power of the average consumer device in a couple of years.

  • jahsoul

    *sigh*
    I don’t know about this one. Like others have stated, expandability was a major selling point of the Mac Pro> I really don’t know how many Mac Pro users were concerned about the size. Mac Pro’s are purchased for pure computing power. Looking like I will keep my 2010 Mac Pro a lil longer.

  • HonoluluLulu

    Expansion does not have to be internal! With Thunderbolt, everything can be external, even new graphics cards. I have a new Mac Mini, running multiple SSD’s & HD’s in TB cases…. He mentioned that in the presentation but few really heard it. Big tower cases are gone forever….

  • craigburdett

    Scene: MacPro planning session. Somewhere in Cupertino. Late 2011.

    Random Senior VP: Ok. We need some out of the box thinking on this thing. Let’s spit-ball it.

    Junior Designer: Why don’t we do something really radical like–

    MacBook Product Manager (interrupting): I have an idea. Let’s take the MacBook Air, rip it apart, throw out the display, make it shiny and add a few ports?

    Random VP: Well….sounds good but the professionals will complain that they need expandability.

    Product Manager: Screw ‘em! Who else is making MacPros? They’ve waited 5 years and will lick our boots for whatever we give ‘em. Sure – throw some fancy chips in, add the Thunderbolt thing – we can beat that dead horse for a few more years. Hell, we can probably sell the “pros” a ton of peripherals to boot just to get the expandability that fit in the old machine.

    Random VP: I like it. I like it. It has cash-cow written all over it. Let me run it by Steve. I mean he loved that we neutered Final Cut, I’m sure he’ll love this, too. Pros, my a$$.

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  • Stuka_UK

    “1/8th the size?… What am I gonna do with the space around it where my Mac Pro currently fits perfectly?”

    Oh I’m sure Apple are sorry, and will completely alter the design to fit your space. No, really, you’re the only consumer Apple care about.

    Did you have a bad day?… Is your sense of humour on holiday?

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