Apple Releases the New Mac Pro, Most Configs Ship in January

Posted by Jim Tanous on December 19, 2013

As promised, Apple early Thursday began accepting orders for the highly anticipated new Mac Pro. The radical new design features workstation-class Intel Xeon processors in 4, 6, 8, and 12-core configurations, dual AMD FirePro GPUs, up to 64GB of RAM, PCIe-based SSD storage, and a plethora of I/O, including four USB 3.0 and six Thunderbolt 2 ports.

All of this technology doesn’t come cheap, however, with prices for an entry-level quad-core configuration starting at $2,999. Those looking to order a “maxed out” configuration can expect to pay over $10,000 after tax.

First announced at WWDC in June, the new Mac Pro is “assembled in America” at a Flextronics plant in Austin, Texas. Apple touted this initiative in an October video about the production process behind the radically designed workstation.

One of the key features of new Mac Pro is massive OpenCL capabilities thanks to its dual FirePro GPUs. With optimized applications, tasks like rendering and encoding can take place much faster than on CPU-bound systems. Along these lines, Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X, allowing the company’s video editing suite to leverage the Mac Pro’s GPUs to provide noticeable performance improvements.

Customers hoping for a Mac Pro to put under the Christmas tree may be disappointed, however. While stock configurations show shipping by December 30th, custom higher-end configurations won’t ship until January. Interested customers can find all of the details at Apple’s Online Store.

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