Published: Tue, June 04, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mac Pro (2019), 6K Apple Pro Display XDR Unveiled at WWDC 2019

Mac Pro (2019), 6K Apple Pro Display XDR Unveiled at WWDC 2019

If you've got deep pockets, you can pick one up around fall for $5,999. There are also optional wheels.

On initial viewing it would appear Apple has turned a bit of a corner with todays announcements, with not only some very powerful hardware on show, including a new 6K HDR monitor, but also with regard to design. This would be hugely overkill for most modern TVs, but for those that need to make sure every scene is ideal, this level of quality is hugely useful. All will be available to order in the fall.

The new Mac Pro offers a vastly different design than the oft-maligned "trash can" design of the previous Mac Pro, which released almost 2,000 days ago.

The Mac Pro is definitely the most powerful desktop Apple has ever made, but the new monitor created to accompany it is just as impressive.

The Mac Pro has a stainless-steel space frame with aluminum housing around it.

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Apple's Mobile devices, desktop devices, and even fitness wearables enjoy dedicated OS builds and now the iPad is getting one of its own. iPadOS will enable users to run multiple instances of the same program, improved Swipe Over and Split Screen functionality, and even a slick looking dark mode.

Stay tuned for our full coverage of WWDC in the morning with much more analysis of the new Mac Pro. It's available with up to 28-core Intel Xeon processors and support 6-channel memory across 12 DIMM slots. The system can be upgraded to a processor with up to 28 cores, up to 1.5 terabytes of system memory and a more powerful graphics card. The machine comes with eight PCIe 3.0 slots, seven of which are wired up to x16, and the last of which is an x4 slot used for Thunderbolt 3 and audio output. The Mac Pro has eight PCIe slots for expansion - four double-wide slots and three single-wide slots, as well as an I/O card with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB Type-A ports, as well as a headphone jack. The monitor starts at $4,999, and a companion display stand costs another $999. There is also, for the first time, the option of the Radeon Pro Vega II. Two MPX Modules with AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duos provide 56 teraflops and 128GB of high-bandwidth memory, for handling the most demanding video compositing and 3D rendering tasks, for example. That is a lot! Apple says this can push more than 500W of power.

Mac Pro users will also be able to add Apple's new Afterburner, a custom add-in video accelerator card that will allow three uncompressed 8K video streams to be played simultaneously.

All of this is powered by a giant 1.4 kilowatt power supply, and cooled with a trio of fans that pull cool air in through the front of the tower and exhaust out the back. And for super quiet operation, the MPX Module is cooled by the Mac Pro system thermals.

Really though, I'm only focusing on the aesthetic because what's actually valuable about the new Mac Pro is for folks who work on projects that need far more horsepower than blogging.

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