Apple’s WWDC event is a developer-oriented event where the company is expected to make announcements related to the software side of its various ventures. And the company didn’t disappoint either, announcing upgrades for its every platform which includes the introduction of convenient new features and services.
That said, the company did unveil a few hardware too, something that it has often done in the past as well. This year’s event saw the launch of the new Mac Pro as well as the Pro Display XDR, both of which seems more tuned for operation by the professionals than regular users.
Here is a brief introduction to the new hardware Apple revealed during the event.
The new Mac Pro is the culmination of the modular Mac Pro device that Apple had said it has been working on since 2017. The new device also marks the return of the cheese grate design that adorns the sides of the PC, besides also featuring twin handles at the top for ease in handling. Not that the PC is designed to be moved around, but the presence of the handles does make it seem sort of a heavy-duty thing and might also infer its extreme processing capabilities.
That includes the fitment of Intel Xeon processor with a max of 28 cores while it can handle up to 1.5 TB of RAM. The Mac Pro also comes with twin GPUs connected by Infinity Fabric Link which Apple claims to be 5X faster than PCI bust. Apple has loaded it with a new Apple-designed card named Afterburner that aids in video editing, allowing for 6 billion pixels per second, besides also supporting triple 8K streams and a dozen 4K streams.
Another aspect of the new Mac Pro worth mentioning is the several graphics option it comes with, which includes the ability to match with Radeon Pro Vega II and such. The PC features 2933MHz ECC memory along with a dozen DIMM slots. Besides these, the Mac Pro also comes with 8 internal PCI slots, four double-wide slots and a troika of single side slots.
On the port side, the Mac Pro comes with two TB3 ports, two USB A ports, and two 10 Gb Ethernet ports along with an audio jack. On the whole, the new Mac Pro is easily the most powerful Mac PC Apple has ever come up with, besides also being the most modular ever as well.
All of it comes at a price though, which stands at $5999 for the starting model featuring an 8-core CPU, 32 GB of memory and 256 GB of SSD storage. The Mac Pro is slated to hit stores this fall.
Pro Display XDR:
Apple also introduced the new Pro Display XDR during the event and comes across as an LCD HDR display having an eye-popping 6K resolution. The 32-inch monitor boasts of more than 20 million pixels, or more specifically, a resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels.
Apple aid the new display 25x better viewing angle than the usual LCD panel along with 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The monitor also boasts of 1000 nits of indefinite brightness, which peaks at 1600 nits. There is also a Thunderbolt 3 one-cable for connectivity, with the entire thing coming in at $4999. Apple is also offering a low reflective nano-texture glass covering as an optional extra, one that will cost a $1000 more.
Plus, there also is a Pro Stand on offer as well that too costs another $999. Then there is a VESA mount too that comes for $199.
Availability of the Pro Display XDR starts this fall and is designed to be the perfect complement for the Mac Pro.