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

New Mac Pro design sort of looks like a cheese grater

New Mac Pro design sort of looks like a cheese grater

The new Mac Pro looks like a Mac Pro 1,1 that has been given a design overhaul by the Cybermen in Doctor Who, with a very distinctive "cheese grater" grille on the front.

As we learned a year ago, Apple was stepping away from the debacle of its cylindrical Mac Pro and bringing in actual pro users to consult with on a complete reimagining of what a Mac for professional users should offer (see "New Mac Pro Slated for 2019; May Be Modular", 6 April 2018).

One of the things Apple seems to be promoting with the new Mac Pro is the options for customising and expanding the system. In fact, Apple compared it to one of Sony's pro monitors targeted at film studios that its new monitor technically surpasses - Sony's asking price for its monitor?

The rack-mounted Mac Pro would allow more demanding customers (like, for example, movie studios and professional animation houses) to concentrate huge amounts of computational power with a relatively small footprint.

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The Apple Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999 and will launch this fall alongside the new Mac Pro.

"With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and a highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point".

The new Mac Pro boasts a fairly impressive set of specs. US$43,000, which makes the new Apple monitor a relative bargain for what it offers. Other users would be better served by Apple's 2019 MacBook Pro or the iMac Pro.

The new Mac Pro has a completely different design from the 2013 "trashcan" Mac Pro. While the kind of configuration you want exclusively depends on the amount of money you are willing to splurge (starting at $5,999 or about ₹4 lakh), the level of customisability it claims to offer is unseen on a workstation offering from any other maker. They have been engineered to support cards like Apple's new Afterburner hardware accelerator card. Regardless, the Mac Pro easily wins here. Throw in the base price of $5,999 of the Mac Pro itself and you are already looking at a machine that's priced at $32,500. We never said it would be cheap, but we don't expect that you thought it would be.

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