All about that crazy new Mac Pro! [Cult of Mac Magazine 327]


It's a Mac. For pros? What else is there to say? (Plenty, actually.)
It's a Mac. For pros. What else is there to say? (Plenty, actually.)
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The 2019 Mac Pro: It’s a powerhouse workstation that looks like a cheese grater. And it’s the most upgradeable Apple computer in years. But you’ll pay for all that computing muscle: It starts at $5,999 and pairs with a Pro Display XDR, which starts at $4,999. Maxed-out, this monster costs an eye-watering $53,000. Even adding wheels costs $400. Still, it’s not the most expensive Mac ever — not by a long shot!

Find out more in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. You’ll also get — for free! — the rest of this week’s top Apple news stories, plus plenty of reviews and how-tos. Grab it now (or get the stories in your browser below).

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The new Mac Pro proves Apple’s still got it! Plus, our best of the year picks, on The CultCast


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Apple's back, and the Mac Pro proves it.
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This week on The CultCast: The Mac Pro isn’t just a beauty, it’s also a beast. We cover our first impressions, plus discuss some of the insane upgrades available for Apple’s new powerhouse Mac. Plus, we reveal more of our favorite tech, shows, movies and more in our Best of the Year picks, part 2!

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5 best alternatives to Apple’s $400 Mac Pro wheels


Smart Car convertible.
Smart Car convertible.
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If you want to add four wheels to your already-expensive Mac Pro, then they’ll cost you almost $100 apiece. Not that you can even buy them separately. You have to specify the $400 option when you buy. The wheels are a part of the Mac Pro’s steel frame, so there’s no way to add them after purchase.

Or is there? We found five good options to let you wheel your Mac Pro around the office, or to perhaps grab the power cable and take the new computer out for a walk like a dog. Or even to sit on the thing and take it for a spin, go-kart-style, down the nearest hill.

Want a new Mac Pro? Sell your old machine for upgrade cash!


The Mac Pro is being
Turn your dusty old Mac into a fat stack of cash.
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Apple’s all-new Mac Pro is finally ready to order … and it ain’t cheap. But Cult of Mac can help make yours more affordable by offering you a sweet stack of upgrade cash.

Sell your old Mac to us before you upgrade and we’ll give you a great price. We will also make the whole process quick and simple — and we’ll cough up real cash you can spend anywhere you like.

Apple shows you how to properly upgrade your new Mac Pro


Don't pull yours apart without watching Apple's videos first.
Photo: Apple

The 2019 Mac Pro is the most customizable Apple computer we’ve seen in years. You can swap and upgrade almost every component — including its GPUs, memory, and more.

But you must do it properly. Apple’s new how-to videos take you through the upgrade process step-by-step to help ensure nothing goes wrong. And they make it look so simple.

Apple doesn’t want you defiling Pro Display XDR’s special glass with a regular cloth


Apple doesn’t want you defiling Mac Pro’s special glass with a regular cloth
Don't even think about it!
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Whether it’s designing its own pizza box or custom, err, sheets of paper, Apple sure likes having its own proprietary version of things it doesn’t deem quite good enough.

The same is true of the new Pro Display XDR with nano-texture glass for the Mac Pro. No, we’re not talking about the screen itself; but rather Apple’s insistence that you clean it using a special Apple-approved cleaning cloth. But there’s a good reason for it.

Magic Keyboard and Mouse in silver and black require buying $6,000 Mac Pro


Apple Magic Keyboard in black and silver is surprisingly expensive.
Getting the new Apple Magic Keyboard in black and silver costs much more than you might expect.
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A black-and-silver Magic Keyboard, Mouse 2 and Trackpad 2 debuted in Apple’s product lineup today, but only a fortunate few can order them. As it stands now, these accessories are only available for people who also buy a 2019 Mac Pro.

But that’s likely to change soon.

A maxed-out Mac Pro costs an eye-watering $53,000


Maybe try asking Santa?
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The 2019 Mac Pro is finally available to order, with prices starting at $5,999. That’s not cheap … until you compare it to the cost of a maxed-out model with all the bells and whistles.

Add every available upgrade and Apple’s newest machine suddenly skyrockets to an eye-watering $52,748.

That’s $12,848 more than a Tesla Cybertruck!