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“Selected and customised” by Jony Ive and Marc Newson (the duo also behind the special edition Leica M camera).
From the description:
The new Mac Pro is the most powerful, yet radical Mac that Apple has ever designed. Architected around an innovative, unified thermal core, the new Mac Pro features dual workstation graphics cards, the latest Xeon processors, ultra-fast flash storage, and incredibly high performance I/O. A precisely machined and polished enclosure houses this advanced technology in an extraordinary design that stands just 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches in diameter. This one-of-a-kind model, made with red anodised aluminium, has been crafted exclusively for the (RED) Auction.
What the Mac Pro video puts on display is Apple’s unique talent for bringing together disparate manufacturing technologies to produce incredible precision at extremely high volumes.
Apple’s Mac Pro video was probably the coolest part of yesterday’s event. Greg Koenig has analyzed the video and explained what’s going on. Fascinating.
Previewed during this year’s WWDC Keynote, Phil Schiller already gave us a run down of what to expect with the new Mac Pro. The last piece of the puzzle would be availability, and today it was revealed that the new Mac Pro’s will begin shipping in December, starting at $2999. But what does three grand get you? Here’s a refresher:
Big performance gains in a package 1/8th the size of the current Mac Pro
The new Mac Pro is all about being small, quiet, yet entirely capable of delivering performance for today’s audio and visual professionals. The Mac Pro, unlike desktop towers of old, has been designed into a compact round aluminum canister that sucks heat away from components using a single unified thermal core. While uniquely shaped, components in the new Mac Pro are user accessible, with connectivity to server racks and other peripherals being mitigated through an array of Thunderbolt 2 ports.
The heart of the new Mac Pro consists of an Intel Xeon E5 processor that comes in 4, 6, 8, or 12-core configurations. These processors will have up to 30 MB of L3 cache, and up to 40 GB/s of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidth. On the memory front, Apple’s including up to 64 GB of 1866 MHz ECC memory, all coordinated via a four channel controller which allows up to 60 GB/s of bandwidth. Then there’s those dual GPUs: two AMD FirePro graphics cards with up to 4096 stream processors and up to 12 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The two cards can deliver a total of 528GB/s of bandwidth. Storage, like recent Mac improvements, is also being bumped into the PCIe-based flash storage realm, with capacities up to 1 TB available. Professionals can expect up to 1.2 GB/s writes and 1.0 GB/s reads.
Connecting the Mac Pro to the outside world is its I/O panel, which features six Thunderbolt 2 ports, 4 USB 3 ports, dual Gigabit ethernet, and HDMI out. Thunderbolt 2 ports support 20 GB/s of throughput, with up to six devices able to connect per port. The Mac Pro’s greatest asset is that it can power up to three 4k single and dual-input displays. Just like the MacBook lineup, 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity is standard.
The base configuration Mac Pro at $2999 comes with:
- 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 with 10 MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz
- 12 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC memory
- Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
- 256 GB PCIe-based flash storage
For more information on the new Mac Pro, visit Apple.com.
Guy English of kickingbear writes:
I don’t think Geekbench scores for this machine will be terribly meaningful. Benchmarks have the curse of trying to capture how a machine will perform under typical, or extreme, conditions. What they don’t do is give a broad perspective of the actual capabilities of the machine. They’re informed by history. If you do something new history will be less relevant.
Keep reading for the geeky bits.
Apple’s line of MacBook Airs received nice spec bumps today, which include Intel’s fourth-generation core processors, Haswell. Haswell chips include the new Intel HD 5000 graphics, which is 40% faster than the previous generation Intel HD 4000. Haswell’s main benefit isn’t just that it’s just a new, better processor, but that it’s built especially for mobile. Intel’s latest chips are designed for power savings, and incorporate smarter low-power states. It’s an extremely efficient chip, resulting in a substantial increase in battery life over the previous generation of MacBook Airs.
Apple: “New” Mac Pro Is No Longer New
As noticed by @setteBIT earlier today, Apple appears to have changed its mind in regards to putting a “New” label on its online Store next to the “new” Mac Pro that was silently updated yesterday. As shown in the screenshot above, only the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines are now indicated as “New” (recently updated) to customers; yesterday, as MacRumors points out and we noticed prior to writing about the update, Apple had decided to put a New tag next to Mac Pro in spite of its minimal hardware changes.
It’s not just about the wild rumors that had been circulating ahead of WWDC — the “new” Mac Pro really isn’t much of an upgrade after two years. As Marco Arment wrote:
After two years, the Mac Pro was “updated” today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now. That’s about it.
No Xeon E5 CPUs, no USB 3, no Thunderbolt. They’re even shipping the same two-year-old graphics cards. Same motherboard, slightly different CPU options from 2010. That’s it.
Below, a comparison image we posted yesterday to compare the “new” Mac Pro to the “old” Mac Pro.
Official Mac Pro specs are available here.
While presenting new MacBook Pro models with Retina display as their main stage act, Apple silently upgraded their Mac Pro line, which waited for an update for two years now. The basic model now features a 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM, with the rest of the specs remaining the same, priced at $2499, just like the old model.
Apple discontinued the 8-Core model. The new 12-Core model features two 2.4GHz 6-Core Xeons, twice as much RAM (12GB), with the rest of the specs remaining the same as well. Due to the slightly less powerful processor, Apple managed to immensely drop the price from $4999 to just $3799 for this new high-end Mac Pro model.
The Mac Pro Server with OS X Lion Server also got a small update: for the same $2999 price it now features a 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Xeon instead of a 2.8GHz model.
Check out a comparison with the old Mac Pro below.
If your little hearts just can’t handle the anticipation in waiting for this week’s presume launch of OS X Lion, just wait until you hear this next bit of news. If you’re a college student or professional video editor / graphic designer, you’ll have some additional goodies to look forward to. 9 to 5 Mac have a scoop with model numbers for the upcoming MacBook Airs featuring ultra-quick Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt.
What wasn’t expected is rumored announcement for all new Mac Pros. It isn’t sure whether we’ll be seeing new guts or all new redesign, but the Mac Pros are rumored to include Thunderbolt as Apple updates their line, and there’s even a server model specifically designed for use in business environments.
The new Macs will ship with Lion (and Lion Server) preinstalled, and are expected to launch with the release of 10.7. 9 to 5 Mac says that the 14th is a possible launch date for all three of these items, so keep an eye on Thursday for an Apple launch-stravaganza.
[via 9 to 5 Mac]