Apple Mac Professional (2019): Specs, Options, Launch Date

At its annual builders’ convention on Monday, Apple lastly delivered what the designers, photographers, video editors, and different pro-grade creatives who grew up utilizing the corporate’s machines have been ready for: a number of references to the progressive rock band Rush. Sadly, this information was quickly overshadowed by the insanely highly effective new Mac Professional.

Pity the untrue who gave up on the long-neglected earlier model of the Mac Professional and acquired the not too long ago upgraded iMac as a substitute, as a result of Apple has lastly created a Mac Professional worthy of the identify. The look of the pc additionally harkens again to the design language used on the Mac Professional from two generations in the past, which signifies that sure, Apple’s high machine as soon as once more seems to be like a huge cheese grater.

WWDC keynotes normally shun specs, however Apple peppered its onstage routine with stats and figures for the announcement of the brand new desktop laptop, touting the small print of graphics playing cards and brightness nits within the monitor. Apple has clearly been taking notes from its skilled customers, as a result of these are precisely the form of particulars the professional crowd cares about. The brand new Mac Professional is, by design, a high-end machine. It additionally has a high-end price ticket that not many will have the ability to justify.

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The new Mac Pro begins at $5,999 for the 8-core mannequin with 32 GB of RAM and a 256-GB solid-state drive. That may be configured as much as a 28-core mannequin with 1.5 terabytes of RAM. A brand new Professional Show XDR monitor—a brand new Apple product as nicely—to associate with your workstation will set you again one other $4,999 for the bottom mannequin, bringing the price of a full setup to $11,000. And that is simply the entry-level configuration.

The brand new Mac Professional is all about processing energy and graphics. It might deal with as many as 4 AMD Radeon Professional Vega II graphics playing cards, which can web you sufficient energy to play three simultaneous streams of 8K video—a feat Apple confirmed off throughout the WWDC keynote.

Apple has bucked a few of its personal design developments by making the Mac Professional’s case straightforward to open. It is a user-upgradable Mac with as much as eight PCI Categorical enlargement slots—twice as many slots as on the final Mac Professional, which debuted again in 2013. This one additionally has attachable wheels and is designed to work as a rack-mounted system as nicely.

Apple can also be touting a brand new {hardware} acceleration card it calls Afterburner. It is the magic behind the Mac Professional’s skill to deal with these three simultaneous streams of 8K ProRes RAW footage, which is what you get from RED and comparable high-end cameras used for skilled filmmaking. With the graphics card dealing with the video playback, you should use all these major CPU cores to deal with inventive results and different processing duties.

On Show


Even essentially the most highly effective video-editing workstation is nothing with no show that may finest characterize the machine’s output, and for that Apple has delivered one thing that may be extra spectacular than the Mac Professional. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K monitor. It boasts as much as 1,600 nits of brightness, sustaining 1,000 nits indefinitely—that is an impressively excessive output and is barely achievable as a result of the again of the monitor is closely vented so the heart do not overheat. The rear venting makes use of the identical cheese-grater sample as the brand new Mac Professional for some visible synchronicity. A singular hinge mechanism permits for peak and angle changes and a 90-degree portrait-mode orientation.

The distinction ratio of the Professional Show XDR is a million to at least one. In case you are not an knowledgeable in screens, that places the brand new {hardware} within the class of what is known as “reference shows.” These shows are insanely costly instruments (suppose mid five-digits), used primarily in high-end manufacturing outlets. For these within the video manufacturing business, the Professional Show XDR’s $4,999 price ticket most likely feels like a fireplace sale.

The brand new {hardware} could also be price each penny, and we’ll know for positive when each machines arrive this fall. However that is nonetheless quite a lot of pennies.

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