Apple Unveils Revamped Mac Pro and Display
For about as long as I can remember being a self-thinking, slightly educated member of tech-following world, consumers and prosumers have been screaming at Apple to give them a powerful, customizable computing product that’s capable of delivering untold amounts of processing power. Well, during the WWDC 2019 keynote from the San Jose Convention Center on Monday, the company finally delivered.
The completely revamped—and absolutely gorgeous—Mac Pro was unveiled and checks off just about every box a user could want in a powerful processing machine.
From a design perspective, the new Mac Pro is about as Apple as you can get. The tower (you read that right) is completely enclosed by an aluminum casing that integrates a dual-layer mesh construction that improves airflow and optimizes the internal cooling system. And, with the simple turn of a lever, the casing can be removed, giving the user complete 360-degree access to the guts of the system. Apple, during the keynote, called the Mac Pro the most configurable computer the company has ever built—and that’s by no means an exaggeration. The system has eight internal PCIe slots—including four double-wide and three single-wide slots—two 10GB Ethernet ports, and customizable graphics card slots that can support two Radeon Pro Vega II cards at the same time. And all of this while running on a 28-core Intel Xeon processor with 300 watts of dedicated power. The Mac Pro will also support what Apple called an Afterburner card, which essentially is a hardware accelerator card that can allow the system to process some 6 billion pixels per second, and can support ProRes and ProRes RAW codecs for video editing.