AfterDawn: Tech news

Apple finally updated the Mac Pro, most powerful Mac ever

Written by Matti Robinson @ 05 Jun 2017 2:13 User comments (6)

Apple finally updated the Mac Pro, most powerful Mac ever

Apple has finally, after years of pressure from professionals, answered the call to update their top-of-the-line Mac. The company unveiled a new Mac Pro, which this time around is a all-in-one computer.
The new Mac Pro is obviously the most powerful computer Apple has ever released and has more to offer than anything they've previously had. The base model includes a 5K Retina display, 8-core Xeon processor, Radeon Vega graphics, 32 GB ECC memory, a one terabyte SSD, and first time ever 10 Gb Ethernet connection. This starts at $4999.

You can upgrade the Mac Pro to up to 18 cores and Vega graphics up to 16GB of VRAM and 400GB per second of memory bandwidth. The ECC RAM goes up to 128 gigabytes and SSD can be upgraded to 4 TB. This obviously will cost, a lot.

The Mac Pro is an all-in-one product just like the iMacs but includes more I/O options, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and comes in a stealth-like dark silver color.

One piece of bad news for the people that have been waiting for this for years is that you'll have to wait a little bit more. Apple expect the new Mac Pro to ship in December.


Previous Next  

6 user comments

15.6.2017 17:39

I'm guessing the applet guys will be happy to finally have a mac 'pro' that is faster than a sub-$1000 laptop...although by december this may no longer be the case.

I will give them credit for keeping the power down; the TDP of the 18 core i9 is probably going to be well over 200w, a low end vega will probably take over 100w, and each thunderbolt 3 controller takes 100w (or it might be 100w per port depending on how you read the spec)...that's over 500w right there without even considering the other components, display, or speakers. It must be more of that apple 'magic'.

26.6.2017 17:23

Anyone who buys this overpriced crap has nothing else to do with their money !

37.6.2017 12:10

I think this is the iMac Pro. The 'real' Mac Pro should be released later.

47.6.2017 15:00

They make it sound like Apple has broke a mold here.

I can make a pimp laptop with specs that will bump it into a future-proof.

32GB RAM is great, albeit a crazy assed price from Apple for simply bumping the CHEAPEST COMPONENT AVAILABLE NOWADAYS...Nothing special here.

1TB SSD is also not that high priced. 1TB Samsung 850 Pro is 470.00

The new 18 core Intel will NEVER be fully used by pretty much anyone...EVER. Way overkill just to increase the price. A Xeon 8 core wouldn't drive this laptop into a 5000 pricepoint. LAME!

ANd a Xeon proc.....C'mon man! NOT NEEDED.

An I7 (or I9 in this case) will suffice just fine. Xeons require discrete video, what a pain! They support ECC RAM which is also overkill and have more cache which is the main driving point for Xeons.


Ronhondo couldn't be more on spot with his comment.

I work with MAC lovers, they're a special breed that need special (ed) attention. Frankly they're idiots who can barely think their own way to a solution. Hence "MAC"

57.6.2017 19:03

Originally posted by hearme0:
They make it sound like Apple has broke a mold here.

I can make a pimp laptop with specs that will bump it into a future-proof.

32GB RAM is great, albeit a crazy assed price from Apple for simply bumping the CHEAPEST COMPONENT AVAILABLE NOWADAYS...Nothing special here.

1TB SSD is also not that high priced. 1TB Samsung 850 Pro is 470.00

The new 18 core Intel will NEVER be fully used by pretty much anyone...EVER. Way overkill just to increase the price. A Xeon 8 core wouldn't drive this laptop into a 5000 pricepoint. LAME!

ANd a Xeon proc.....C'mon man! NOT NEEDED.

An I7 (or I9 in this case) will suffice just fine. Xeons require discrete video, what a pain! They support ECC RAM which is also overkill and have more cache which is the main driving point for Xeons.


Ronhondo couldn't be more on spot with his comment.

I work with MAC lovers, they're a special breed that need special (ed) attention. Frankly they're idiots who can barely think their own way to a solution. Hence "MAC"
I think the news is not that Apple has done something remarkable (or rather that they plan to) but instead that they are finally getting around to releasing an updated desktop after YEARS of leaving their hardcore users with outdated crap and not even giving them a price break on 3-year-old tech. It's better than what they are selling now...that's the news, nevermind that the base model isn't as good as a year-old laptop that sold for less than half the price.

As for apple users, they are not all morons...they just don't understand computers. There have been lots of very smart people who didn't understand computers...most of them died before the transistor was invented, but not all.

68.6.2017 00:54

Originally posted by Ghostdog:
I think this is the iMac Pro. The 'real' Mac Pro should be released later.

Yes, supposedly back in a tower-type case and probably with some beefier options than this new iMac Pro.

Comments have been disabled for this article.

Latest news

Sideloading apps to Android gets easier, as Google settles its lawsuit Sideloading apps to Android gets easier, as Google settles its lawsuit (19 Dec 2023 11:09)
Google settled its lawsuit in September 2023, and one of the settlement terms was that the way applications are installed on Android from outside the Google Play Store must become simpler. In the future, installing APK files will be easier.
3 user comments
Roomba Combo j7+ review - Clever trick allows robot vacuum finally to tackle home with rugs and carpets Roomba Combo j7+ review - Clever trick allows robot vacuum finally to tackle home with rugs and carpets (06 Jun 2023 9:19)
Roomba Combo j7+ is the very first Roomba model to combine robot vacuum with mopping features. And Roomba Combo j7+ does all that with a very clever trick, which tackles the problem with mopping and carpets. But is it any good? We found out.
Neato, the robot vacuum company, ends its operations Neato, the robot vacuum company, ends its operations (02 May 2023 3:38)
Neato Robotics has ceased its operations. American robot vacuum pioneer founded in 2005 has finally called it quits and company will cease its operations and sales. Only a skeleton crew will remain who will keep the servers running until 2028.
5 user comments
How to Send Messages to Yourself on WhatsApp How to Send Messages to Yourself on WhatsApp (20 Mar 2023 1:25)
The world's most popular messaging platform, Meta-owned WhatsApp has enabled sending messages to yourself. While at first, this might seem like an odd feature, it can be very useful in a lot of situations. ....
18 user comments
How to Enable Bluetooth on Stadia Controller How to Enable Bluetooth on Stadia Controller (11 Feb 2023 1:04)
Google shut down its streaming game service Stadia late last month and this means that some people have Stadia controllers lying around that seem to be of no use. That is fortunately not the ....
2 user comments

News archive