Apple’s Mac Pro was first announced all the way back at this year’s WWDC, and although it was looking, for a while, as though the older model would never be afforded an upgrade, the Cupertino company instead came through with a complete redesign. The trash can design has proven rather polarizing – particularly among Mac Pro veterans – but for those interested in making the purchase, it will be available from tomorrow, Thursday 19th December, from $2,999.
As ever with Apple, the pricing is subject to change depending on whether you wish to kit it out with added or improved hardware. As well as a being the subject of mixed reaction for its design, some have complained that it’s a lot more difficult to upgrade than ever before. The general argument seems to be that any ‘Pro’ desktop computer should be made with the professional in mind, with plenty of slots for additional upgrades should this become necessary.
The base model will set you back the $2,999, and there’s another default, but slightly better version for one thousand bucks more. As you customize your own Mac Pro, this will incur higher costs, and you must also bear in mind that if you wish to write your own list of specifications, your shipping times are almost certainly going to be affected.
Then again, you don’t necessarily have to order online at all, and if you want your Mac Pro this side of Christmas, you could always head on down to your local Apple Retail Store or respectable Authorized Reseller.
Apple has made seemingly light work of packing strong hardware into inconceivably compact housing, and in this sense, the Mac Pro follows on from the likes of the iMac and MacBook ranges in scaling everything down on the outside while beefing up the innards.
You get a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs (with 2GB of RAM each), 12GB of standard system RAM, as well as a 256GB SSD. The upgraded version offers even more firepower, with a 3.5GHz six-core processor, and if you wish to go even further, you can upgrade to the 8-core or 12-core options.
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