After almost six years since the last update of the line, Apple has finally unveiled a new Mac Pro. The black “barrel” style of the 2013 model (the “trashcan”) is gone, in favor of a completely new tower design that’s way more expandable and modular. Both fans and critics are already calling the new Mac “cheese grater”, honoring the legacy of the Pro computer Apple sold from 2006 to 2013. Memes featuring actual graters and cheese abound, as the tradition commands when a new bold Mac design is unveiled.
A handle on top - certainly a Jony Ive touch - makes it easy to slide the cover off to access the internals and swap cards and expansion modules like real professionals do. It even has wheels (to be purchased as an option) to carry the case around the office more easily. The new Mac Pro is a beast of a computer, featuring Xeon Processors up to 28-core and RAM starting at 32GB up to 1,5TB.
Along with it, Apple has also unveiled an all-new 6K monitor. It’s called Apple Pro Display XDR. The acronym stands for eXtreme Dynamic Range, a marketing term Apple is using to describe a color range management functionality that goes well beyond High Dynamic Range (HDR). It’s aimed at photography professionals, movie editors and other creatives who need extreme precision, perfect colors, ultrafast response times and amazing brilliance. It’s unsurprisingly expensive: 5000$ is the base price, but it shoots up to 6000$ if you want the nano-texture glass option. The Pro Display's Pro Stand, a newly designed swiveling stand that’s a feat of engineering in itself, comes at an extra cost of 1000$. Both the Mac Pro (which will start at 6000$) and the new Apple Pro Display XDR will be available in the fall.