Some price quotes for maxed-out versions of the new Apple Mac Pro came out earlier in the week, and they were actually lower than some had speculated previously. While we did know that the system was going to be launching at $3,000 sometime in December, there were still some question marks remaining -- like the different prices of higher-end configurations, and most importantly, the exact date you'd be able to order one. That last one has now been definitively answered by Apple.
Tim Cook tweeted this out:
We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It’s the most powerful Mac ever. Orders start tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Jrd1Gic3Ya— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 18, 2013
How much you can roughly expect to pay, and when you can order:
The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/mac-pro.
It should be made clear that the announcement from Apple is that these computers will be available to order, not necessarily shipping by tomorrow. It's likely that shipping could take some time depending on demand, so you might be disappointed if you're banking on editing that brand new project on the Mac Pro before the end of the year. Either way, we've only got one more day to go before seeing all of the possible configurations and prices Apple has in store (and when these things are actually going to ship out).
[via The Verge]