Apple’s powerful Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR coming in December

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Sheer power, but at what cost?
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After unveiling it back in June, Apple today bumped back the launch date for the 2019 Mac Pro. This powerful pro-grade product will be available, alongside the high-end Pro Display XDR screen, sometime in December. Previously, it was scheduled to debut in the fall.

The computer boasts a 28-core processor and room for more than a terabyte of RAM. The Mac Pro starts at $5,999, while the Pro Display XDR begins at $4,999. In other words, you’d better hope you’ve got some generous relatives this holidays!

2019 Mac Pro is loaded with features

This product didn’t catch anyone by surprise; Apple has been openly talking about it for months. This professional-grade desktop sports a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, up to 1.5TB of RAM, and other super-high-end features.

The latest Mac Pro is made with a stainless steel frame that’s designed for modularity. Eight PCI expansion slots, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports and an audio jack are included.

Apple built in three massive fans, and the aluminum casing has holes to help with the airflow, giving it the “cheese-grater” design that became something of a meme this summer.

In a press release Apple announced that:

“The all-new Mac Pro, the world’s best pro desktop, and Apple Pro Display XDR, the world’s best pro display, will be available in December. Designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card. Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle, all at a breakthrough price point.”

Now about that price

With pricing that starts at almost $6000, the Mac Pro’s cost drew complaints from some potential buyers. However, these people likely didn’t understand that this is deliberately a niche device.

While a MacBook Pro is a souped-up consumer-grade Mac laptop for those who want a bit more power, Apple’s new desktop is only for those who do high-end graphics work, like video editing. As such, its cost is typical for truly professional computers.

Don’t forget the Pro Display XDR

Apple’s equally top-tier Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K screen. It’s 40% larger than the iMac 5K display with 10-bit color and a super wide viewing angle. As discussed, it costs $4999.

Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to see about remortgaging a house!

Additional reporting by Luke Dormehl