Apple's cylindrical desktop now has a price and a release timeframe.
Back in June, Apple offered us a quick look at a new breed of Mac Pro. Though the company was more than happy to talk about the computer's innovative design, we didn't get a whole lot of information regarding the guts of the machine. At its event today, Apple went into a lot more detail about what's under the hood on the new Mac Pro.
Assembled in the United States, the Mac Pro features a 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon from Intel. This is working alongside two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, 12 GB of 1866MHz DDR3 RAM, 256 GB of PCIe flash storage (read/write speeds of 1.2 GBps/1 GBps) and up to six Thunderbolt 2 ports. Customers can configure their Mac Pro with as much as 64 GB of RAM and 1 TB of flash storage, so while pricing starts at $2,999, you can expect that baseline price to rise if you make changes to the specs.
The Mac Pro's glossy, cylindrical design is drastically different than anything Apple has done before. Apple's marketing chief Phillip Schiller called the center of the Mac Pro's design a "thermal core" back in June. The cooling solution is certainly innovative, featuring a center piece made of a three-sided heatsink, with each side cooling the entire length of each PCB. A single large fan pulls the hot air up and out.
Apple is promising a December ship date, though the company didn't specify whether the Mac Pro would enjoy a global rollout.