Apple unveils new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019

MacBook Pro showing macOS Catalina

The Apple Xserve lives on (kinda) in the rack-mountable Mac Pro

Alongside the Pro Display XDR, Apple demonstrated its new Pro monitor stand, which can smoothly transition between a variety of angle adjustments and swivel to turn the monitor into portrait mode. In fact, the price for Apple's Pro Stand is so high, the crowd at WWDC 2019 let out an audible gasp when its pricing was announced, and that was in a room filled with reporters, Apple employees, Apple developers, and other assorted Apple followers who really ought to be immune to Apple sticker shock by now. The Catalyst software to port the apps is obviously a boon for Apple, since it will make development easier for devs and result in more Mac-compatible apps.

And expansion capabilities it has!

Though Apple promises it'll run quiet, the new Mac Pro offers plenty of power.

There are eight internal PCI Express slots, including four double-wide slots, three single-wide slots, and a final slot that is populated with an I/O card. Paired high-end GPUs also provide a combined 128 GB of HBM2 memory.

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The new Mac Pro's CPU cooler. That's what Apple is calling its custom-designed Radeon cards. This handy little add-on gives video professionals the ability to play back up to 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW or up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW data.

The hardware specs range from reasonable to insane, starting with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, but scaling up to a massive 28-core Xeon in top configurations. One PCIe slot is reserved for a card featuring two USB-A ports and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. You know, just like any normal PC does nowadays.

The Mac Pro will in addition have system memory which can be customised to a staggering 1.5TB. The Pro Stand follows suit, tacking on $999. 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.

All of this huffing and puffing, according to Apple, is quiet enough to be nearly silent under normal workloads.

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The iPhone Xr might not have as many features as the flagship iPhone Xs, but it is just as powerful thanks to its A12 Bionic chipset.

These features justify opting for a powerful GPU which Apple is giving instead of installing one from your own side. What kind of monitor will you hook up to it?

Apple's new Mac Pro sits on display in the showroom during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California on June 3, 2019. Adding MPX Modules increases the I/O available to the Mac Pro.

AI isn't the workload that Apple is pushing for the new Macs, though.

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For graphics, the new Mac Pro starts with the Radeon Pro 580X but can be configured with AMD's new Radeon Pro Vega II, which Apple says carries 14 teraflops of compute performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. Similarly, numerous people who will buy a Pro Display XDR likely already have VESA mounting systems in their studios.

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