Not every model of the uber-powerful new Mac Pro will sit under someone’s desk. The appearance of the “cheese grater” Mac attracted so much attention that people might want to see what the version designed for rack-mounting looks like.
A rack-mounted Mac Pro, courtesy of the FCC
The Federal Communications Commission must approve products with wireless capabilities before they can be sold in the United States, and the federal agency just signed off on the rack-mounted version of Apple’s new desktop.
Buried in the paperwork Apple submitted to the FCC is an image showing this alternate version.
It shows that Apple kept the round ventilation holes that both cool and beautify the Mac Pro. (And also make it resemble a cheese grater.) The rack-mounted version will live in the back rooms of video production companies, not in anyone’s home office. But Tim Cook and Co. still didn’t skimp on the style.
More about Apple’s new top-tier offering
Unlike a MacBook Pro, this Mac isn’t just a souped-up version of a consumer-grade computer. The 2019 Mac Pro is really meant only for professionals.
It sports a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, up to 1.5TB of RAM and other super-high-end features. It comes with eight PCI expansion slots, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports and an audio jack.
With a price tag starting at $5,999, the Mac Pro wasn’t created to play Fortnite. It’s possibly overkill even for most Photoshop work. It’s a computer designed to handle the rigors of professional video and audio production.
Apple will start taking Mac Pro orders tomorrow, after announcing the product way back in June.