Apple unveils new Mac Pro

First look at Apple's new Mac Pro.
First look at Apple's new Mac Pro. Photo credit: Newshub

Apple has unveiled its most powerful computer yet, but before you get your wallet out, this one is strictly for professionals.

"The new Mac Pro is a monster that will enable pros to do their life's best work," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at this year's WWDC keynote in San Jose, California.

Two years in the making, the new Mac Pro supports up to a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, 1.5 terabytes of memory,  300 watts of power,  eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world's most powerful graphics card.

It also introduces Apple Afterburner, an accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.  If  that didn't get you jumping up and down with excitement, then this computer is not for you (or me for that matter).

This metal powerhouse has been completely redesigned. It no longer looks like a glossy rubbish bin. Instead, it's more like a cheesegrater, a design reminiscent of Apple Pro desktops from the past.

The chassis is built around a stainless steel frame and the feet on the bottom can be replaced with wheels. With a turn of a handle on the top, you can lift the entire body off the computer to get to its insides.


Of all the announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference opening keynote, this one got the loudest cheers. 

There were a few gasps though at the eye-watering price - US$5999 for the model with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of memory and a 256-gigabyte solid-state drive. Another US$4999 32-inch, 6K display to accompany the computer and even the stand costs US$999.

As I said, this one is for the pros. No word yet on local pricing but it should be available this summer.