Apple unveils new Mac Pro during WWDC 2019 keynote live stream

Apple has announced the new Mac Pro, showcasing a return to the demands of power-oriented PC users looking for unprecedented customization.

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Apple has had some big reveals at WWDC 2019, but the announcement of the new Mac Pro may be the biggest one yet. Featuring a new Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores, the latest desktop system offers a unique steel-frame form factor with frankly unprecendented levels of customization for an Apple computer.

Mac Pro announced Apple WWDC 2019 Intel Xeon 28 core

The new system will notably include a host of PCI expansion options offered by eight total PCIe slots, including four double-wide slots, three single-wide slots, one half-length port. These will tie in to the GPU options offered by the new Mac Pro Expansion module, also called the MPX, which offers x16 PCIe connection options for connection of up to two external graphics cards.

From the system specifications we've seen so far, the new Mac Pro for 2019 seems to be quite the powerhouse. Here are the highlights as given in the WWDC 2019 keynote presentation:

Mac Pro 2019 system specifications:

  • Intel Xeon processor
    • 8-core default
    • Up to 28 cores total
  • 2933MHz ECC8 memory
    • 32GB default
    • Up to 1.5 terabytes of total system memory
  • Thundberbolt port x2
  • 3.0 USB-A port x2
  • 10-gigabit ethernet port x2
  • 300 watt power supply (fanless)
    • up to 1.4kW total power throughput (with MDX)
  • Quiet airflow with three intake fans
  • Aluminum housing over a steel frame
  • Machined lattice-inspired 3D
  • Optional caster wheels
  • Starts at $5999
    • Available in the fall
    • Optional rack-mount chassis

Mac Pro Expansion Module (MPX)

  • x16 PCIe connector for graphics
  • Displayport connectivity
  • 500 watt power capacity
  • Fanless design with a heatsink

Of course, much ado is made about the power afforded to the new Mac Pro, including its capability to stream multiple audio and video stream, notably the power to handle four concurrent 8K video streams.

For the latest reveals from Apple regarding changes to iOS as well as more information about the Mac Pro, be sure to head over to Shacknews' WWDC 2019 home page.

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    June 3, 2019 11:35 AM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Apple unveils new Mac Pro during WWDC 2019 keynote live stream

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      June 3, 2019 12:35 PM

      Starts at $6000? Yeah, Apple will always be too rich for my blood.

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        June 3, 2019 12:38 PM

        It's a true Pro device, and I don't mean 'pro-sumer'. The people buying these won't care about the price if he has the performance they want.

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          June 3, 2019 12:56 PM

          Yeah if you need to fuck about with 3x 4k or even 8K videos at once on multiple screens with real time effects rendering etc., if 6 grand or more saves you an hour or more a day it's worth it in a heart beat.

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          June 3, 2019 1:11 PM

          I have used Mac Pros for work off and on since The Year Two Thousand, so I'm not completely ignorant about them. Also, I didn't realize the Mac Pro was gendered.

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        June 3, 2019 12:54 PM

        If you're in the market for a system that can easily edit 8K video or juggle an entire orchestra's worth of audio tracks, $6,000 is a good value -- it could save you from buying two computers in some cases!

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        June 3, 2019 1:00 PM

        Yeah the target market for this particular device is chomping at the bit to pay that.

        For years they’ve been complaining that they want to use macOS for everything and there wasn’t anything powerful enough on the market. The current Mac Pro went like four years with no updates or drops in price.

        With the exception of a couple of items just about everything in macOS works just fine on an off-the-shelf PC, one you can build that’s much more powerful than the existing Mac Pros and there’s been this theory that Apple turning a blind eye to this has been a tacit approval of sorts because until they could get this thing going they’d rather you build a Hackintosh beast than go back to Windows.

        But yeah, weird silly cheese grater design aside, this thing is an expensive beast aimed at a particular market. Everyone else needs to go buy an iMac or a MacBook Pro.

        Also that monitor stand needs to be able to survive a bomb blast for the price they’re charging for it.

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        June 3, 2019 1:28 PM

        Some tech companies give a server with specs like this to every engineer *on top* of regular laptops. It’s just a business cost.

        I totally understand what you’re saying though: I would never be able to justify this for myself.

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      June 3, 2019 1:13 PM

      *I* want it for the case alone! Shame we can't get PUBG or Apex on macOS.

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        June 3, 2019 1:41 PM

        With the specs this thing has you could probably run like ten separate Windows VMs with those games running simultaneously.

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      June 3, 2019 1:18 PM

      Why can't they just make a tower for average creatives with Intel/AMD and standard mobos?

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      June 3, 2019 1:45 PM

      Oh fuck me, you guys weren't kidding. It really does look like a cheese grater.

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      June 3, 2019 2:45 PM

      No NVIDIA Support, and do we all really think they will release these MPX modules in a timely manner when a new graphics card comes out? If they caught up on NVidia's latest chips and had day 1 support for NVidia's latest stuff I think I would be a little more into it. As it stands it's basically a ~$17k ish desktop with the monitor and spec'd up and taxes blahblah.

      I think I might get an iMac Pro in the fall and just use Oculus Quest for VR.