The new Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful Mac to date

Yesterday was the start of Apple’s annual WWDC developers conference, and while the company focused on new software for the most part, we also got to see the unveiling of some rather notable hardware too – the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

We’ll touch on the panel shortly, but first the star of the show, the new Mac Pro, which returns to the more familiar tower design and ditches the polarising trash can aesthetic of the previous iteration.

For the Mac Pro, Apple hasn’t held anything back, and they’re calling it the most powerful Mac made to date. Yes, Apple often says that about any new device they debut, but this time round it could actually be true.

To that end it houses a workstation-class Xeon processor with up to 28 cores, space for up to 1.5TB of storage, eight PCIe expansion slots and a unique graphics architecture that can handle up to two AMD Radeon Vega Pro Duo arrays if you’re so inclined.

As such the Mac Pro, depending on internal configuration, will not be lacking in the performance department.

Now shifting focus to the Pro Display XDR, which is Apple’s largest 6K Retina Display to date, and measures 32″ diagonally. It touts a 6016×3384 resolution which translates to 20 million pixels.

Added to this is 1 600 nits of peak brightness, as well as the ability to sustain 1000 nits of brightness indefinitely. The aluminium lattice design on the rear, which mirrors that of the housing for the Mac Pro, works as a heat sink to keep the panel cool.

Other features include a Pro Stand which allows the panel to slide lower or higher, as well as rotated vertically for a portrait view that graphic designers and coders should appreciate.

So how much will all this aluminium clad performance cost you?

As expected the Mac Pro is not cheap, starting at $5 999 (~R86 540). Neither is the Pro Display XDR at $4 999 (~R72 114).

There’s no local pricing and availability information for either offering just yet, but when they do land locally we’ll keep our readers in the loop.


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