June 3, 2019

The New, Completely Redesigned Mac Pro Has Landed

The new Mac Pro is being called a "breakthrough workstation for pros."

Apple has just unveiled the brand-new Mac Pro that features a completely overhauled design, a massive 32-inch Retina 6K displayand internal specs that will certainly pique the interest of pros.

Design

Apple took an interesting approach to the new Mac Pro's design. Its modular system sets the table for those looking to expand and configure it in whichever way best serves the work they do. The aluminum housing can be easily removed from the stainless-steel space frame with a quick twist of a handle located on the top of the tower to give users full 360-degree access to the system. This handle also makes moving the tower super easy.

Furthermore, for those who want to rack mount their machine in edit bays, Apple will be coming out with an optimized version for rack deployment this fall.

Also, hello cheesegrater! 

Display

Okay, this new display has some pretty impressive features. The 32-inch LCD panel features 6016x3384 Retina 6K, more than 20 million pixels, P3 color gamut, 10-bit color, and anti-reflective coating to offer a new matte option called "nano-texture". It also features a direct backlighting system, 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness, and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, providing a high level of dynamic range.

The display, like the housing, was designed with flexibility in mind as well, with edge-to-edge glass in an aluminum enclosure, tilt and height adjustment, and the ability to rotate the display into portrait mode.

For those who want more mounting options, the Pro Stand can be detached so you can mount your display where you want with a VESA mount adapter.

Specs

  • 8-28 cores
  • Intel Xeon W processor
  • 32GB-1.5TB memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 580X, Pro Vega II, or Pro Vega II Duo
  • Two HDMI 2.0 ports on card
  • Support for up to eight 4K displays, four 5K displays, or four Pro Display XDRs 
  • Up to 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory
  • Up to 140GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 6 channel memory system
  • Afterburner ProRes and ProRes Raw accelerator card
  • 256GB-4TB SSD
  • Support for: USB 3, Thunderbolt 4, Ethernet, USB-C, DisplayPort, 3.5mm headphone jack

Pricing and Availability

  • Mac Pro: starts at $5,999
  • Pro Display XDR: $4,999
  • Pro Stand: $999
  • VESA Mount Adapter: $199

All items will be available this fall. 

For more information, head on over to Apple    

Your Comment

25 Comments

Starts at $5,999...... that’s pro pricing for sure.

June 3, 2019 at 4:04PM

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Uhm, which handles makes it easy to move it? The twist one OR THE OTHER TWO HANDLES? lolz

June 3, 2019 at 4:18PM

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A 2019 Hackintosh Can be built with better specs in my opinion for $6,000. To each their own.

June 3, 2019 at 4:33PM

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Walter Wallace
YouTuber
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If you want to do that for yourself that's fine but most professionals want a machine that doesn't need to be troubleshooted after every update and when time is money it's a lot cheaper spend money on a machine that will work well 99% of the time than to spend money on a machine that only works well 90% of the time. The design of this more than pays for itself compared to the alternatives. There's really nothing else to compare this to unless you're purely looking at a spec sheet which is almost completely irrelevant.

June 3, 2019 at 5:12PM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
Filmmaker
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I've built over a dozen PC's in my life for myself and others. I am a professional working Video Editor for the past 6 years. I could build a PC with the specs of this overpriced $6000 base model for $3000 MAX. I have NEVER had any issues with updates, booting, viruses or anything else of the like. I can render an entire feature film out in the most render heavy codec with as many effects as you can think of in under 3 hours and I built my PC for $7000. I have 18 cores, 128gb of ram, and 16 terabytes of internal which include 3 tb of SSD. If you think that nothing else compares to "this design" then you are absolutely out of your mind and either brainwashed by the Apple machine or getting paid by it to push positive feedback. Either way the answer is "NO". No to everything you just said.

June 8, 2019 at 4:00AM

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Joseph Estrade
Film Editor/Producer
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you did not make any reference to your video card and it's performance spec.

June 10, 2019 at 1:12PM

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JC
actor - screenwriter - director
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how is the spec "irrelevant" ? That is exactly what they are selling inside that odd looking carton it is living in. If you buy one ... let us know about performance after 6 mos.

June 10, 2019 at 1:09PM

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JC
actor - screenwriter - director
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I've built very powerful Hackintoshes and it's not worth it for longevity. Too much can and does go wrong during updates.

June 3, 2019 at 5:26PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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Great seeing Final Cut Pro X demo on stage! Looked great

June 3, 2019 at 4:34PM

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Jonny Lewis
Self shooting editor
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Agreed.

June 3, 2019 at 5:25PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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More interested in the display than the computer. Hopefully they don't lock it to their ecosystem only.

June 3, 2019 at 4:35PM

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You just need to have Thunderbolt I'd assume.

June 3, 2019 at 5:25PM, Edited June 3, 5:25PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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Regardless of people's opinions on what's worth it price wise there's is absolutely zero argument that there's no professional option available from Apple now. If this is the computer for you then you already know it. This is for the people would spec out 10K workstations. Not for those that try and pretend a 3K Hackintosh is just as powerful or as good of an investment. It's not (spoken as someone that did it). Trying to compare consumer spec'd PC's to a Mac Pro that has macOS and Apple's ecosystem is laughable. It's like comparing oranges too... well... Apples.

June 3, 2019 at 5:38PM, Edited June 3, 5:40PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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Not sure I fully agree with this statement, I agree with what you are saying about the Hackintosh (been down that road, never again). But for 3k can you can build a similarly spec'd and equally reliable PC running Windows or Linux. Speaking as someone who reluctantly transitioned after the "Trashcan". That said, I think this is a great machine, and if I were looking to upgrade right now I would absolutely go this route. But the price point and build in and of itself is not good enough to initiate a transition. I imagine everyone who has been holding onto their old "cheese graters" will update to this quite immediately. I imagine that most of the post world that moved on from Mac will upgrade more slowly, as their current builds grow weary and need replacing. I don't see them winning over high end VFX houses with this unless they uncap GPUs and embrace NVIDIA as well. So many post houses are running custom "consumer" builds these days, running render farms built around the GTX 1080Ti (a consumer card) that it is far from laughable.

June 3, 2019 at 6:07PM

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The Nvidia question is still a question for sure. And yes using consumer parts you can build a fast system. That said building a PC with the same workstation class component and the price will jump to 10K, 20K, 30K easily. Just go play on HP's site.

June 3, 2019 at 6:15PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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- " I imagine everyone who has been holding onto their old "cheese graters" will update to this quite immediately." -

As an owner of a cheese grater, I can confirm. I've actually got a 1080ti in mine right now. I have file integrity disabled just to run the card, and a dodgy driver I had to edit the kext just to install it. I've had enough and I'm very happy to see that apple finally delivered on (what I think is) low hanging fruit for pros.

At this point I honestly don't care about CUDA anymore, I'll just over-purchase on an AMD card or two and call it a day. The pain and misery just isn't worth it, and going back to Windows after 10 years of Apple ecosystem lock-in will be a huge ordeal for me personally. I've got stockholm syndrome and I know it. I just want to make stuff, make money, and be happy.

June 3, 2019 at 9:24PM

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I don't know where you think the vast differences between os x and windows are, but as a user of both, i don't think there's that much difference. In fact i think Windows often performs better and doesn't lock you in constant upgrades.
As for physical components you can easily configure a pc with similar specs ata fraction of the price for this overpriced Mac Pro.
If you like Apple, still think it's hip, or have a soft spot for os x, and don't mind burning money, this is the way to go. For those on budget, or unwilling to be locked in an ecosystem that allows very little leeway, Resolve will run just as fast or faster on a pc where Nvidia is still an option.
Personally i think Apple's just missed the whole pro evolution these past years, has no advantage software-wise (even lagging behind with daw), and is now trying to catch up with an overpriced machine. How is that sensible policy? The entry 8-core 2008 mac pro was $2000, which was luring droves of pros into the platform. This is just folly, knowing how much these Intel processors really are worth when you plug them in any pc motherboard.

June 7, 2019 at 2:04PM

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Willem Van den Broeck
Sound Engineer
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I’m surprised that Apple has developed such a high end, seemingly well thought out system. If this works well it does a lot for improving the brand perception among professionals. Didn’t think they had it in them anymore.

June 3, 2019 at 7:12PM

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Stu Mannion
writer/dir/dp
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"starts" ... is a good one. i'm too busy this minute to crunch my own numbers, but i just flipped through two reputable tech / creative sites .. and they both pegged this thing as a $40K-plus body if you spec it up enough ... before monitor. and here in canada land, add exchange and taxes and GPU ... we're in the territory of $100,000 mac pro.

June 3, 2019 at 11:15PM

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stephen knifton
owner / creative director
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Oh wow. Look. Apple finally joins this decade. Custom PC users have been doing this for years with more power at the fraction of this cost. Yawn.

June 4, 2019 at 12:22AM

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Taylor Mefford
Video Editor / Sound Designer / Music Composer
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Can't wait to get mine on IKEA

June 4, 2019 at 5:01PM

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George Lima de Queiroz
Editor / researcher / director
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Does it cure cancer?

June 7, 2019 at 1:51PM

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Chris Santucci
Cinematographer
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As long as they feature only AMD video cards, they're dead to most of the 3d community this is geared toward. Here's hoping future drivers or external Thunderbolt GPU enclosures make it able to use Nvidia instead.

Almost every 3d renderer utilizes CUDA cores, making even 3-4 year old Nvidia cards faster than these new AMD cards, at least for 3d rendering. What good is a multi-thousand $$ GPU if your renderer can't utilize it for 3d rendering? Wake up Apple, open it up to Nvidia too.

June 7, 2019 at 3:36PM

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This is the first new Gen Mac Pro. For offline work, it's overkill. I work off my 15" MacBook pro with a monitor attached. It's enough. Never a lag.

This beast, however, would make it insanely easy to edit RAW footage off RAID setups. You can practically finish smaller films right on this system. And with native integration, you get reliability. Lots of people complaining about the price here. I agree with them that this is very expensive. But more importantly, you can probably get your work done with a 1500 usd system. If it's too expensive, probably not for your workflow?

June 9, 2019 at 3:53AM

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Janmejay Singh
Director
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I get the idea that they like the hi-end displays...they have been doing that for years....but....when it comes to specs on the hardware and the fancy carton it is in .."costoso e troppo caro"

June 10, 2019 at 1:02PM

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JC
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