Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR orders start Tuesday

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Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR orders start Tuesday
It may be time to start mobilizing your funds!
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Six months after unveiling its new Mac Pro, Apple has finally revealed exactly when customers can order the new pro-grade Mac and Pro Display XDR: Tomorrow.

Over the weekend, Apple sent out emails to customers who had requested details on the new computer. Noting that “the wait is almost over,” the message revealed an order date of Tuesday, December 10.

It’s not clear exactly when the first orders will ship. Apple hasn’t revealed whether the computers will ship in time for Christmas. It also seems plausible that the hardware may not ship until early 2020. Apple originally suggested that the Mac Pro would ship in the fall, but later pushed back this date.

Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

The new, improved Mac Pro is the first refresh for the Mac Pro line since the trashcan design Mac Pro in 2013. That’s approximately the same wait as the gap between the first Mac Pro in 2006 and the second-gen model.

The new Mac Pro boasts a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, up to 1.5TB of RAM, eight PCI expansion slots, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, audio jack, and the meme-worthy “cheese grater” case design.

In its press materials, Apple describes the Mac Pro as:

“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.”

Meanwhile, the 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.

The Mac Pro starts at $5,999, while the Pro Display XDR begins at $4,999. While that’s certainly not cheap, there’s a very good argument to be made that it’s actually a bargain. If you need the power a Mac Pro can provide, this looks to be a great machine. Just make sure it’s going to be able to service your requirements for the next seven years!