Apple WWDC June 2019 – Apple finally give us a new Mac Pro

Apple has finally announced a refresh of its Mac Pro platform at its annual WWDC event, but should professionals be willing to wait until fall 2019 to buy?

Mark this day down in history, as it might be a while before we see another mac pro announced again. 6 Years ago apple released their latest carnation of the Mac Pro, the ‘6,1’ Mac Pro, affectionally referred to as the trash can – maybe for more reasons that one.

The Mac Pro was originally designed to be a media creators workhorse; a machine to get a computational heavy job done without hindrance or compromise to workflow. Pricing for Mac Pros has always been higher than a part for part self-built linux or windows system; price was never a selling point for the Mac Pro. This machine is all about performance… or so we are told.

The 2019 Mac Pro

Ladies and gentlemen, the 6 year hiatus is over, we finally have a new Mac Pro and isn’t it pretty (again)? Apple have paid homage to the sensational looking 5,1 ‘cheese grater’ design with the new 2019 Mac Pro. The modular design is back, and there are plenty of options to build this system to meet your needs – so long as your wallet will also conform.

The Specs

Up to 28 cores of power. Create without constraint. Mac Pro is designed for pros who need the ultimate in CPU performance. From production rendering to playing hundreds of virtual instruments to simulating an iOS app on multiple devices at once, it’s exceedingly capable. At the heart of the system is a new Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores — the most ever in a Mac. In addition, large L2 and shared L3 caches and 64 PCI Express lanes provide massive bandwidth in and out of the processor.

Up to 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory
Up to 140GB/s memory bandwidth
6 channel memory system

https://www.apple.com/mac-pro/ – Apple official website, June 4th 2019

Apple is offering this system with an 8-core, 12-core, 16-core, 24-core and 28-core intel Xeon processors.

So I suppose we have 6 years of Intel trials and tribulations to thank fo this new professional workstation with a starting price of $5999 (£5999). I could stand here and complain how all the released benchmarks are a comparison between 2019 components and e5 Xeons in a thermally constraint trash can from 2013:

2019 Mac Pro
source: https://www.apple.com/mac-pro/

But honestly, I am just happy that Apple have given new life into the dying art of high end system building; a platform that was feared to on its way out.

2019 Mac pro Design

I’m sure most will agree, Apple certainly got the form factor and function design back on track. This is one of the best looking pieces of technology that money can buy. It has been designed and built to be configured and re-configured time and time agin – it has been built to last. It has enough PCIe and DDR4 slots to sink a battleship and the modern security, IO and graphics capabilities to design one.

Final Thoughts

A return to form for Apple and I’m sure that many people will be preparing their budgets to fund one of these systems. Like all Apple products of recent, not without its criticisms, but a great leap back in the right direct for a product line than has been in danger of moving further away than it original audience or reaching the end of the line al together. Sadly I can’t afford or justify such a system, but I look forward to spending many hours in the online configurator and dreaming.


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