The techie in everyone’s family will be asking Santa for Apple Inc.’s newest Mac Pro which will be available December 19th. According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook’s Twitter account, the Apple elves will begin shipping from Austin, Texas, and be available in Apple Stores and their website starting tomorrow. However, beware…it is uncertain whether Santa will be able to deliver the new Mac Pro before the holidays if ordered online. The new and latest hot-rod PC’s from Apple will start at $2,999.
The new Mac Pro has undergone a big change in design as the company departs from a standard look and design of the standard PC-like tower as everyone is so accustomed to in the past. Instead of the standard look, Apple Inc. has redesigned the Mac Pro to look more like an oversized coffee mug. The futuristic design is a cylinder that stands less than 10 inches high, which can be dwarfed by some of the coffee mugs that some techies are so attached to.
The glossy-black Mac Pro design includes a ‘thermal core’ cooling system within their cylindrical design. The cooling system is located in the center of the cylinder and features a three-sided heatsink. Each side of three-sided heatsink cools the entire length of each PCB. The innovative heatsink’s design is aided by one large single fan that pulls the hot air up and out the cylinder’s top, while drawing cool air into the bottom.
What makes the Mac Pro unique as a stand-out product for Apple, is that it is assembled in the U.S. unlike Apple’s other devices which mostly come from China. Encased within the little cylinder is a high-performance grouping of hardware that out-performs any former Macs and current high-end PC’s.
Apple Inc.’s newest launch of the Mac Pro will come with Intel’s latest 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 memory, and 256 GB of PCIe flash storage, on their base model. The PCIe flash memory is capable of read and write speeds of up to 1.2 GB per second and 1 GB per second respectively.
Customer’s that want to upgrade from the base model can choose a 6-core processor instead, for an extra $1,000. Other upgrades that will be available include memory upgrades to 64 GB, 1 TB of storage space, and upgrades to the processor up to 12-cores. Yes, that wasn’t a typo, 12-cores!
The new Mac Pro will handle up to three separate 4K displays or up to six Thunderbolt displays. The Dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors are designed for users that demand a lot of computing and graphics processing power as they’ve been designed to render heavy video and graphics demands.
The displays do not come with the purchase of the new Mac Pro; they are considered an extra, so are the keyboards, speakers, and mouse. The only extra bit the Apple elves have packed in the Mac Pro box is the power cord.
The new innovative Mac Pro design will silence some critics that have said the company is losing their design-edge in the post-Jobs era. The same silenced critics may soon be boasting about the sheer computing power that the newest Apple Inc. Mac Pro model will bring to Apple lovers everywhere with tomorrow’s launch.
By Brent Matsalla