Apple Announces New Mac Pro, 6K Display

Apple Announces New Mac Pro, 6K Display

After giving the tech geeks one of their "finest" Mac Pros to date, the presenter casually dropped the price for the new Pro Display XDR, whose Pro Stand is an easy $999. The new Mac Pro allows owners to add more power, whether it's additional RAM or graphics or audio components that they couldn't fit inside the last Mac Pro.

Apple, apparently listened, and has created a much more satisfying professional workstation that is not only incredibly powerful, but is still relatively compact, highly modular and eminently upgradeable and expandable.

Graphics support is similarly outsized, with Apple introducing a new graphics module that combines a 16x PCIe connection, ports for DisplayPort and power, and a giant fanless heatsink, all combining into what Apple calls the MPX Module. The three large fans sitting at the front underneath the perforation blow air to cool down the system at the rate of 300 cubic feet per minute.

With every update of iOS comes the promise that your existing phone is going to become an entirely new device at no extra cost. The new Mac Pro boasts eight PCI expansion slots: four double-wide slots, three single-width slots, and one half-width slot preconfigured with an Apple I/O card.

The handles are stainless steel.

The new Mac Pro supports the Intel W-3200-series based on the Cascade lake architecture. (As with the accessibility improvements, this enhancement is headed to iOS devices as well, with iOS 13.) The new Find My feature will be your one-stop location tracking app for keeping tabs on your friends and assorted Apple devices.

Other notable features on the new Mac Pros include a pair of 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, a 3.5-mm analog headset jack, and even a couple of old-school USB-A ports. What do Apple-designed wheels look like? They are intended for super high-end design firms and animation studios with massive equipment budgets to throw around.

Some consumers can't wait until it hits the shelves to start mapping out the Mac Pro set up on their desks. With a peak brightness of 1600 nits, the display able to achieve sustained brightness level of 1000 nits alongside 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. But it has an opening price of US$5999 - or about $8000 once you add GST and some currency hedging margin. Apple says that it features "the industry's best polarizer technology, delivering a superwide, color-accurate, off-axis viewing angle". But it's not just a bright backlight at work here.

iTunes was used to sync iPhones, iPods, and iPads and with iTunes gone there is a new place for the sync options - that's a special page within macOS's Finder.

The image quality is to die for. Even so, $US1,000 ($1,432) feels like a lot of money for a monitor stand. In theory, you can use an external graphics card in the Mac Pro 2019 and play the latest titles, however, you're still restricted to only using AMD graphics card as Nvidia and Apple still don't play along very well. A $5,000 monitor should come with a stand included in the box.

Apple's voice assistant, Siri, has been available on the Mac for a long time now - several macOS versions at least.

It's hard to knock the new Mac Pro.

Still, I can't get past the thought that all of this hubbub could have been completely avoided if Apple had just priced its Pro Display XDR at $US6,000 ($8,594) instead of $US5,000 ($7,162), and then tossed in the Pro Stand for free. "Today, they have shown the most pro machine in their history".

The Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch 6K Retina IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 6016 x 3384.

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