Everything you need to know about Apple's new 'cheese grater' Mac Pro

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At yesterday's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the tech giant revealed that the cheese grater is back in a new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

The hardware boasts an incredible specs resumé that will provide all the power required for pro video editors and other creative professionals. 

It doesn't come cheap either - the Mac Pro starts at $5,999... with the new monitor, the XDR, the package costs $12,000. Apple has declined to comment on the prices for the more advanced versions ahead of the machine's launch, expected this autumn. 

Here's everything you need to know about the new Mac Pro and the new monitor:

All-new, completely redesigned Mac Pro delivers maximum performance, expansion and configurability.

Mac Pro (2019)

Design 

The Mac Pro's modernized 'cheesegrater' design for the rear of the machine is inspired by an earlier Mac Pro design. A boxy silver case with matching feet and handles. 

The previous Pro had a mesh pattern on the front and back but the big holes on the new Mac Pro give it an even more intense grater flair than the original model. 

Specs

The new Mac Pro is set to be the priciest and the most powerful product that Apple has released to the public. 

The new Mac Pro will also house Apple's new custom video accelerator card, dubbed 'Afterburner', which is specifically designed for video editing acceleration to support native ProRes and ProRes Raw in 8K.

Price: $5,999

With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous colour and extreme brightness and contrast ratio, Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display.

Pro Display XDR (2019)

Design

Maintaining Apple's signature steely-simplicity. The XDR display does what it says on the tin, harnessing and showcasing the power of the Mac Pro. 

Specs

  • A huge 32-inch screen

  • 6016 x 3384 Retina 6K resolution with more than 20 million pixels

  • P3 wide and 10-bit colour

  • An extreme 1,600 nits of peak brightness

  • 1,000,000:1 Contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle

  • To manage reflected light, Pro Display XDR has an anti-reflective coating and offers an innovative new matte option called nano-texture, with glass etched at the nanometer level for low reflectivity and less glare.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said: “Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display and the perfect companion to the all-new Mac Pro.

"With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous colour, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and a highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point.”

Price: $4,999

 

So the Mac Pro costs $6k, and the XDR monitor costs $5k - you may be wondering why the package costs a whole thousand dollars more? That would be the stand for the monitor, which comes in at a further $999.

 

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