Apple's new modular Mac Pro designed for professionals.
At a Glance
- Apple unveiled its new high-end, high-throughput Mac Pro on June 3, 2019, but it won't go on sale until the fall. It'll start at $5999, so this machine is only for the most serious professional users. In the meantime, Apple's 2013 Mac Pro remains on sale but is extremely outdated.
2019 Mac Pro Specs
- Xeon chips with up to 28 cores
- Up to 1.5TB Memory
- Eight PCIe Expansion Slots
- Up to 2 Radeon Pro II Duo GPUs
- Four GPUs total supported
- Lattice design for thermal regulation
- Modular and upgradeable
- Pro Display XDR
The 2019 Mac Pro
Apple in June unveiled its 2019 Mac Pro, marking the first new Mac Pro since 2013, when Apple released the cylinder-shaped "trash can" machine that never saw any updates after dual GPUs fell out of favor and focus shifted to more powerful single GPU options.
The new Mac Pro is a high-end high-throughput machine designed for Apple's pro user base. Apple learned from its mistakes and the thermal limitations of the design of the 2013 Mac Pro and the new Mac Pro features a design that's similar to the rectangular 2012 Mac Pro, focusing heavily on upgradeability and expansion.
While the 2019 Mac Pro features a more traditional PC shape than its predecessor, it's still Apple-esque with a stainless steel frame and an aluminum housing that provides 360-degree access to the system. There are also optional wheels.
Handles are built into the frame to make the Mac Pro easy to move around, and it adopts a lattice design that some have likened to a cheese grater. Apple says the lattice pattern maximizes airflow and allows for quiet performance.
Pricing on the Mac Pro starts at $6,000, so this is a machine that was unquestionably created for professionals who need the absolute best performance available.
The Mac Pro uses workstation-class Xeon processors with up to 28 cores with 64 PCI Express lanes, up to 1.5TB of high-performance memory, eight PCIe expansion slots, and at the high-end, dual Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs housed in two Apple MPX Modules which Apple says offer groundbreaking graphics expansion architecture, providing Thunderbolt integration and over 500W of power. That's four Vega GPUs total.
Apple Afterburner, a new accelerator card that enables playback of three 8K ProRes RAW video streams simultaneously, is new in the 2019 Mac Pro.
The Mac Pro will be sold alongside the Apple Pro Display XDR, a 6K 32-inch display with its own premium price point, $4,999, plus an additional $999 for the stand.
Apple's new Mac Pro and the Apple Display XDR will be available for purchase the fall. Apple at one point had wording on its website mentioning a September release date, so we could see the new hardware in September. While pricing starts at $6,000, that's for the base machine. With full upgrades and top-of-the-line specs, the high-end Mac Pro could cost upwards of $20,000.
2013 Mac Pro
Apple isn't releasing the updated 2019 Mac Pro until the fall, and in the meantime, the 2013 Mac Pro is still for sale on Apple's website, though it is no longer listed under the Mac Pro category and must be searched for.
The existing Mac Pro was last updated on December 19, 2013, and the base model features a 6-core Ivy Bridge E processor, upgradeable to 8 or 12 cores, and dual AMD FirePro graphics chips. With a new Mac Pro on the horizon and the iMac and iMac Pro available, there is little reason to purchase a 2013 Mac Pro machine.