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Designed solely for professional users — but visually appealing to everyone else — the Mac Pro ($2,999 and up from the Apple Store) is the Ferrari of Apple computers. It originally debuted as the Power Mac G5 in 2003, updated internally and renamed Mac Pro in 2006, then completely redesigned in 2013. Dark gray with a cylindrical shape that lets fans breathe upwards and downwards, the Pro is only 9.9″ tall, 6.9″ in diameter, and 11 pounds in weight. That’s one-eighth the volume of its predecessor, transforming the former all-encompassing tower into a hub for any Thunderbolt or USB devices that you want to connect externally.

Sold in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-core versions, the Mac Pro includes a minimum of 12GB of RAM and 256GB to 1TB of flash storage. A single Mac Pro can power up to three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays at once, boasting four USB 3 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, two Ethernet ports and an HDMI 1.4 port, plus 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4 wireless. You have to supply the monitor(s), keyboard, and mouse or trackpad yourself.

Each new Mac Pro comes standard with dual AMD FirePro graphics cards, but the computer is highly customizable. Even the base model computer is powerful enough for those who need to process large videos, music tracks, and photograph collections, but the real power is in the upgraded models with additional cores, RAM, and storage.

2017 Mac Pro announcements

In early 2017, Apple made a handful of announcements regarding the Mac Pro. The company explained that it is rethinking its Mac Pro approach and plans to unveil a new modular model sometime in the future.  However, the new modular Mac Pro isn’t expected into 2018 at the earliest, with some reports claiming we might be waiting until 2019.

 

Specific details regarding Apple’s new Mac Pro aren’t explicitly clear at this point, but the company seems to have reimagined its plans altogether, which comes as good news for those in the Pro market.

Mac Pro Stories April 9

TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report which lays out Apple’s product interest in mini-LED technology. Kuo says that Apple will launch a 31.6-inch (6K resolution) external display in the second or third quarter of 2019 and feature a mini-LED backlight.

By late 2020 or early 2021, Kuo says that Apple will also launch a new iPad and new MacBook with mini-LED displays. It seems that whilst the 2019 31.6-inch display will only use mini-LED technology for the backlight, these future iPad and MacBook would feature true end-to-end mini-LED screens. This is why the timeline for these products stretches further into the future.

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Mac Pro Stories January 28

NYT: The 2013 Mac Pro launch was partly delayed by the lack of US screw suppliers

The New York Times features a fun story today, shining some light on why big companies struggle to build products at scale in the United States.

It claims that Apple failed to find a suitable domestic screw supplier for a particular Mac Pro part. It had to turn to China to source the part to prevent the ‘Made in the USA’ 2013 Mac Pro launch from being delayed further.

Mac Pro Stories January 17

Intel hasn’t yet revealed its 2019 CPU line-up, but it has disclosed the names of this year’s chips and given a few details about what we can expect from them.

We can never know for sure when Apple will adopt a new generation of Intel CPU even when it is available, but we can make some educated guesses …

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Mac Pro Stories November 1, 2018

Video gives detailed look inside Mac server room, housing Mac minis, Mac Pros, and iMac Pros

Apple mentioned at its iPad Pro and Mac event that third-party companies had racks of Mac minis at data centers being used as servers. At the event, Apple mentioned MacStadium as one of those companies. Now, YouTuber Snazzy Labs has posted a video, showing off what it’s like having endless shelves of Mac minis.

Macworld’s Michael Simon wrote an interesting piece entitled ‘Why the new Mac mini makes me concerned about the upcoming Mac Pro.’

I agree with much of what he says – but actually reach the opposite conclusion …

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Mac Pro Stories October 26, 2018

The original PowerMac G5/Mac Pro is still, to me, one of the most beautiful machines Apple has ever made. The machine itself may be of limited use these days, but a British designer has found a cool new use for the case …

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