Tech YouTubers Share First Impressions of New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

Ahead of the release of the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, Apple gave several of the machines to prominent tech YouTubers to test out, and their first impressions, overviews, and unboxings of the ‌Mac Pro‌ are now available.

MKBHD, iJustine, and Jonathan Morrison were each able to spend a couple of weeks with the ‌Mac Pro‌ and Pro Display XDR, using the setup for video editing workflows. YouTubers were provided with higher-end machines featuring the 28-core Intel Xeon W processors, 384GB RAM, 4TB SSD, an Afterburner Card, and two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs.


MKBHD had a few interesting ‌Mac Pro‌ tidbits to share, including details on the inclusion of a new memory management interface that shows an overview of memory management with how the memory is arranged, along with an overview of PCI slots.

He said that he has two main takeaways after using the ‌Mac Pro‌ for a few weeks: "It's really quiet and it's really fast." In a rendering test, the ‌Mac Pro‌ did in four minutes what it took the 16-inch MacBook Pro 20 minutes to do and the iMac Pro 12 minutes to do.


iJustine focused on the new accessories that come with the ‌Mac Pro‌, including a black Magic Mouse, a black Magic Trackpad, and a black and silver Magic Keyboard.

iJustine also provided an interesting visual comparison between the old ‌Mac Pro‌ tower and the new ‌Mac Pro‌ machine, which have quite a few design similarities.


Morrison said that the Pro Display XDR with its nano coating technology is a "game changer," though you need to see the display in person to really appreciate it. He too highlighted the ‌Mac Pro‌'s quiet operation, saying that it was near silent even with "every core lit up."

The ‌Mac Pro‌ is "far beyond what most of us need" according to Morrison.


Additional hands on experiences, benchmarks, and reviews should be forthcoming now that the ‌Mac Pro‌ is available to order. The first machines purchased today will be arriving to customers starting next week.

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6 weeks ago


iJustine focused on the new accessories...

Wow she surely put that Mac Pro to good use! Can there even BE more useless Apple youtuber?
Rating: 54 Votes
6 weeks ago


Wow she surely put that Mac Pro to good use! Can there even BE more useless Apple youtuber?

Don't be jealous.
Rating: 31 Votes
6 weeks ago


Un, why did Apple seed iJustine a review unit?


^That's why

Rating: 24 Votes
6 weeks ago
'popular youtubers'. Now lets wait for the people who actually know something and the true professional users rather than those making easy often sponsored $
Rating: 22 Votes
6 weeks ago
I haven't watched iJustine's video yet, but let me guess what she says:

OMG IT"S, LIKE, SOOO COOOL. WOW WHAT AN AWESOME MAC!

Has she ever made an even slightly-negative comment about anything - ever?!
Rating: 21 Votes
6 weeks ago
I am really waiting for professionals using this. Not YT folks. Real pro enviroment situations like 3D rendering, FCP, After Effects, Photoshop, etc.
Rating: 14 Votes
6 weeks ago


I haven't watched iJustine's video yet, but let me guess what she says:

OMG IT"S, LIKE, SOOO COOOL. WOW WHAT AN AWESOME MAC!

Has she ever made an even slightly-negative comment about anything - ever?!

Her claim to fame is being pretty and cute in a nerd world. I find her videos very annoying.
Please people, don't get all sensitive and mad. Just an opinion. ;)
Rating: 14 Votes
6 weeks ago


I am really waiting for professionals using this. Not YT folks. Real pro enviroment situations like 3D rendering, FCP, After Effects, Photoshop, etc.

YouTube techie culture has become super harmful IMHO.

a) They're not really experts on any of the stuff they're talking about--they are just good at shooting/editing video. Some of them are kind of funny sometimes, but I find most of them to be absolutely insufferable, self important, and arrogant.

b) They will say literally anything to generate clicks, subscriptions, and affiliate link clicks. Their very livelihoods depend on those three things.

c) Because of the first two reasons, you're not really getting good information from them. You're just hearing what they need you to hear in order for them to stay in business on YouTube.

I use YouTube for a lot of different things, but getting good information on tech, especially when it comes to Apple stuff, is not one of them.
Rating: 13 Votes
6 weeks ago
Yes it's fast... as we all know.

No, you cannot afford it... as we all know.

Rinse and repeat reviews.
Rating: 13 Votes
6 weeks ago
This type of "pro" is different from the "pro" in iPads and iPhones. Youtubers do a terrific job, however they can talk about specs, looks and price, full reviews should be conducted by professionals who use these kind of hardware and demand every bit from these computers. When you do things like that, then the price is not that high.
Rating: 12 Votes

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