Apple's Mac Pro impressed the crowd when it was launched at the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, on Monday (June 3). With two MPX Modules, Apple says the new Mac Pro can utilize two Vega II Duos to offer 128GB of video memory and 56 teraflops of graphics performance. Or, do you want to go for the Mac Pro, with its modular design that will keep the hardware up to date for years to come?
While Apple has announced the starting price of this mammoth of a device (again, ₹4 lakh), the price of the top-of-the-line model (which can have different levels of ostentation, given you can plug in up to four XDR monitors whose stands cost $1,000 a pop) hasn't been announced.
"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".
Some consumers can't wait until it hits the shelves to start mapping out the Mac Pro set up on their desks. The Xserve was used for general-purpose tasks (like running web and file servers), while the new Mac Pro is suited to more graphically intensive problems, like rendering video.
The company's previous Mac Pro underwhelmed fans with its lack of upgradability and "trash can" design, which it admitted was not the best move back in 2017.
Both of these Apple systems are incredibly powerful and compelling to the right kind of users. Apple is pitching the Mac Pro as a tool for professional media creation and editing, and it's rounded up partners like Red, Avid, Adobe, Blackmagic, Autodesk, Unity, and Unreal to optimize their software. Much of that is no doubt due to the Afterburner FPGA accelerator card that can be slotted into one of the Mac Pro's PCIe x16 slots. 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.
But as impressive as it sounds, there's just something about the way the Mac Pro looks that freaks us out. On the storage side of things, you can pick options ranging from a single 256GB SSD on up to dual 2TB drives.