Mac Pro is here soon! Long-awaited workstation from Apple is, unlike any other Mac, fully modular computer. Yea, Mac hardware is chosen by Apple and Apple writes its operating system directly for hardware. Because Apple has control over both hardware and software, it can create almost perfect system without worries about hardware compatibility. But there are still users, which need to upgrade components like CPUs, graphics cards, sound cards, etc., so this is reason why Apple offers modular computer for professional users. Last modular Mac Pro was from 2012, when it was replaced by “trascan” in 2013. Mac Pro from 2013 was not modular computer and because lack of updates from Apple, this Mac Pro became outdated very soon. You were unable to upgrade components like graphics card because of trashcan design. It was funny and embarassing to watch like workstation from Apple was not powerful enough for virtual reality solutions like Oculus Rift. Though model with dual AMD FirePro D700 could be VR-ready, it was too small market to invest in.
Ironically, Mac Pro from 2012 was powerful enough for Oculus Rift, though you needed to replace some hardware. As it was modular computer, if you had model with top-tier CPU and replaced default graphics card with something like AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, you could have VR-ready Mac. This is power of modular system and reason why IT pros need modular solution.
New Mac Pro is very expensive. For starting price of 5999 USD you will get an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 256 GB SSD and 32 GB of RAM. You can upgrade your Mac Pro with 28-core CPU, four GPUs and 1.5 TB of RAM. It’s real beast.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:
“We designed Mac Pro for users who require a modular system with extreme performance, expansion and configurability. With its powerful Xeon processors, massive memory capacity, groundbreaking GPU architecture, PCIe expansion, Afterburner accelerator card and jaw-dropping design, the new Mac Pro is a monster that will enable pros to do their life’s best work.”
Apple also starts orders for its hi-end 6K monitor. It’s 32-inch Pro Display XDR with 6K resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels with 1600 nits of peak brightness and a sustained 1 000 nits of brightness. It has a 1 000 000:1 contrast ration. Price is starting at 4 999 USD. If you add 1 000 USD, you can get a “nano-texture” matte coating. According to Apple, this nano-texture coating offers “glass etched at the nanometer level for low reflectivity and less glare”. Additional Pro Stand is for 999 USD. If you want classic VESA mount, you can get it for 199 USD.