Update 1/20/13 4:11 p.m. ET: Apple has pushed U.S. shipping dates for the Mac Pro back to an unspecified date in March as well. Check out the photo below, courtesy of Apple’s U.S. page.Original storyFirst, the new Mac Pro’s ship date was set for December. Then, it was pushed back to an unspecified date in February. Now, it looks like much of the world won’t be getting their shiny, cylindrical Apple desktop until sometime in March. The new March ship date reportedly applies to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to MacRumors. For now, it looks as if US-based customers won’t have to wait any extra to receive their Mac Pros, with Apple’s US page still indicating a “February” ship date for the high-end desktop. We can’t help but be reminded of the delay suffered by Apple and its iMac all-in-one desktop back in 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook later expressed regret with respect to the decisions that … [Read more...] about Apple’s Mac Pro ship dates pushed back to March in U.S., Europe, more
In the 1990s, $9,600 could buy you a new Hyundai. These days, that’s how much it’ll cost you to soup up Apple’s new revamped Mac Pro with all of the top components available. There are two default Mac Pro configurations available. The first, which costs $2,999, includes an Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz quad-core processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and graphics card duo consisting of two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, each with 2GB of RAM. The other default Mac Pro, which will run you $3,999, ships with an Intel Xeon E5 3.5GHz six-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics cards, each sporting 3GB of RAM for a total of 6GB. However, these are just default configurations, with multiple component options to choose from. So what happens if you try to soup up the Mac Pro to run on all of the top components available? Be warned: You might experience some price tag shock.Upgrading the Mac Pro’s CPU to an Intel Xeon E5 2.7GHz 12-core processor tacks on an … [Read more...] about Are you sitting down? The most expensive new Apple Mac Pro costs $9,600
Starting today, Apple is making the redesigned Mac Pro desktop available for purchase. While we knew there would be an entry level model that starts at $2,999, as well as a higher end unit with a four kilobuck price tag, there are multiple ways to customize the Mac Pro from a component standpoint. So let’s take a look at the available options.Apple Mac Pro processor optionsThe $2,999 Mac Pro includes an Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz quad-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a pair of AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards, each with 2GB of RAM. However, you can swap out the CPU for one of three other options, each of which is a different flavor of the Xeon E5. One is a 3.5GHz six-core processor, which adds $500 to the price. From there, you can step up to a 3GHz eight-core CPU, which will run you an extra $2,000, or a 2.7GHz 12-core chip that carries an additional asking price of $3,500.Apple Mac Pro memory optionsThough the entry-level Mac Pro includes 12GB of RAM, you can opt to add … [Read more...] about New Apple Mac Pro goes on sale today: Which setup is right for you?
Back in June, Apple took the wraps off the newest Mac Pro, which got a cylindrical makeover whose shape and hue remind us of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Aside from its resemblance to an iconic sci-fi movie entity, the Mac Pro will of course be stuffed with a new set of specs as well, aimed at power users including video editors, photographers, musicians and similar folk.When the new Mac Pro was initially announced, we learned that it would sport a 12-core Intel Xeon processor, PCI-Express based flash storage, dual AMD FirePro GPUs, and the ability to connect three 4K resolution monitors. Apple also dished on port selection details, which include Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and a pair of Gigabit Ethernet connectors. Wireless connectivity options will come in two flavors: 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Apple’s June Mac Pro presentation also taught us that the unit would be 9.9 inches tall and 6.6 inches thick, effectively attaining small form factor … [Read more...] about Apple reveals specs, $3,000 price for new Mac Pro, release set for December
Amid the hubbub generated by this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Apple announced the latest versions of its two professional-class machines, the Mac Pro Workstation and Xserve Server. The introduction of the new Mac Pro, sporting eight processor cores, and the Xserve server, featuring the latest Intel processor, comes just a week before the company's annual product showcase, the Macworld Conference & Expo."The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we've ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Production Marketing. "With 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1,600 MHz front side bus and 800 MHz memory, the new Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market.""With the latest Intel processors and no client access licenses, Xserve offers unbeatable server performance and value for under $3,000," Schiller continued. "Xserve's power, storage and Leopard Server make it ideal for supporting Mac clients and mixed platform … [Read more...] about Apple Gets Down to Business With Mac Pro, Xserve Updates
Apple has announced that its new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday.It unveiled the system in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, surprising attendees with its cylindrical design.The aluminum body is just an eighth of the size of a standard tower unit -- 9.9 inches tall, 6.6 inches in diameter and weighing in at around 11 pounds. The design is intended to maximize cooling. Air is siphoned through the top of the unit, which has a handle for easy moving. The back panel lights up when the unit is moved, allowing users to easily spot its ports. This is the first major revamp of the Mac Pro since Apple debuted it in 2006.The new Mac Pro can contain 4-, 6-, 8- or 12-core Intel Xeon processors capable of Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz. The system can house two AMD FirePro GPUs capable of delivering eight times the performance of previous-generation Mac Pros.It utilizes PCIe-based flash storage for faster read speeds. The ECC DDR3 capability affords owners up to … [Read more...] about Apple’s Sleek New Mac Pro Hits the Market
Apple's Mac Pro Line could be on its way out, according to a report from AppleInsider. If it proves true, the development could leave behind a void in the company's enterprise space.The powerful, pricey computers, which start at US$2,499, are reportedly suffering from low demand. Executives aren't sure they want to continue investing company time and resources into the supposedly dwindling line, according to the report.Unlike Apple's more mass-market personal computers, like the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, the desktop tower Mac Pro line is used mostly by professionals who need its speedier graphics, more powerful processors and larger memory for design, audio, video and editing programs.Apple has been making frequent changes to beef up its laptop lines. Recent updates to MacBook Pros, for example, include performance boosts to the graphics, adding Intel Core i7 chips and increasing storage in the laptops' hard drives. Before that, Apple had last improved the lineup as recently … [Read more...] about Is the Mac Pro on Apple’s Chopping Block?
Apple on Wednesday rolled out an eight-core option for its Mac Pro family of desktops. The newly available machines can be customized with as many as two quad-core Intel Xeon 5300 series processors running up to 3.0 GHz. It is the first opportunity Mac users have had to get their hands on the combination of an eight-core system loaded with OS X."What this means is that Mac users now have a reason to upgrade -- although they may wait for OS X Leopard [Apple's upcoming next-generation operating system] to be released and for the price to drop over time," Benjamin Gray, an analyst at Forrester Research, told MacNewsWorld.The eight-core and quad-core models are available in more than 33 million possible configurations, Apple said, and will cost buyers anywhere from US$2,499 for the quad-core version to $3,997 for the eight-core, or more depending on other added options. The upgraded system options came nearly eight months to the day after the company's August 7 announcement that it would … [Read more...] about Apple Unveils Mighty Eight-Core Mac Pro
In an attempt to revive its flagging reputation for introducing innovative products, Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro at its World Wide Developers Conference, being held in San Francisco this week."Can't innovate any more, my ass," said SVP of Product Marketing Phil Schiller as the Mac Pro made its debut.The futuristic-looking black cylindrical device stands less than 10 inches tall and offers 7 TFlops of computing power using state-of-the-art technology.Still, it can't be said that the Mac Pro was a showstopper. Instead, it appears that iOS 7, changes to Siri and, to some extent, Apple's new iTunes Radio are drawing most of the attention."There's a contingent of customers who will buy anything from Apple, no matter what, but the radical design elements of the new Mac Pro means clients also have to buy into Apple's proprietary vision of high-end graphics computing," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told MacNewsWorld.The new Mac Pro is powered by Intel Xeon E5 processors with up … [Read more...] about Who Will Buy Apple’s Shiny New Mac Pro?
Apple on Monday officially completed its transition to Intel microprocessors, with CEO Steve Jobs pulling the wraps off new products during a speech at the firm's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.The company unveiled the new Mac Pro: a quad Xeon, 64-bit desktop workstation featuring two new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz, along with a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of the Power Mac G5 Quad.Jobs also introduced an updated Xserve server based on two dual-core 64-bit Intel Xeon processors."Apple has successfully completed the transition to using Intel processors in just seven months -- 210 days to be exact," Jobs said. "And what better product to complete it with than the new Mac Pro, the workstation Mac users have been dreaming about?"Jobs does have something to brag about, according to JupiterResearch analyst Joe Wilcox. When Apple first announced the transition to Intel processors last year, the company … [Read more...] about Apple Completes Intel Transition, Introduces New Mac Pro