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UK Mac Pro Pricing Will Start at £2499

By - Source: Pocket-Lint | B 12 comments

The 2013 Mac Pro will cost just shy of £2.5K when it launches in the United Kingdom.

Apple on Tuesday told us a lot more about its Mac Pro that's due out later this year. If you're in the U.S., you know it's going to set you back about $3,000. But what about folks in the UK? According to Pocket-Lint, you can expect to pay £2,499 for the base model of Mac Pro in the United Kingdom. Not great when you consider the U.S. price tag is well under £2,000 by today's exchange rates, but not unexpected.

 

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 £2,499, you can expect that baseline price to rise if you make changes to the specs.

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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 promised a December ship date at its event on Tuesday though the company didn't specify whether the Mac Pro would enjoy a global roll out at that time.

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    ahmedomran , October 24, 2013 12:20 AM
    Very high price for a trash can LOL , Joking :p 
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    Vorador2 , October 24, 2013 2:32 AM
    Although i do think the cooling design is interesting, the "trash can" design gives more problems that solutions. Want to add a RAID0 HDD stripe for video editing and storage? Or a high end audio capture card for studio work? Good luck with that.

    Not to talk about the pricing. For that price you can get a well specced standard workstation.

    A by-the-books case of form over function.
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    cuecuemore , October 24, 2013 3:03 AM
    Sounds like a steal! I can't wait not to buy one!
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    Spanky Deluxe , October 24, 2013 4:23 AM
    Seriously Tom? I'd expect a prominent hardware site to have the intelligence to realise that US prices don't include sales prices whereas UK prices do. The UK price included 20% sales tax. So the comparison price is £2083 vs $3000 or £2083 vs £1855. So yes, the price is higher in the UK but the difference is far smaller and is about 10% instead of the 25% difference you're suggesting.

    Is Apple ridiculous in charging 10% more in the UK than the US? Dell does worse. Dell's $2348 Alienware Aurora is £2199 in the UK. Removing tax that's £1451 vs £1832.5.

    Higher prices are to be expected in the UK where operating costs are increased, especially for brands that have high street presences. Apple 'haters' always spring on this to slam Apple's pricing when Apple aren't the worst at this practice by far and actually have more of a reason to require higher prices due to their heavy retail presence (there are no Dell stores in the UK). I'd expect a reputable news site to have a better understanding.
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    Spanky Deluxe , October 24, 2013 5:10 AM
    Seriously Tom? I'd expect a prominent hardware site to have the intelligence to realise that US prices don't include sales prices whereas UK prices do. The UK price included 20% sales tax. So the comparison price is £2083 vs $3000 or £2083 vs £1855. So yes, the price is higher in the UK but the difference is far smaller and is about 10% instead of the 25% difference you're suggesting.

    Is Apple ridiculous in charging 10% more in the UK than the US? Dell does worse. Dell's $2348 Alienware Aurora is £2199 in the UK. Removing tax that's £1451 vs £1832.5.

    Higher prices are to be expected in the UK where operating costs are increased, especially for brands that have high street presences. Apple 'haters' always spring on this to slam Apple's pricing when Apple aren't the worst at this practice by far and actually have more of a reason to require higher prices due to their heavy retail presence (there are no Dell stores in the UK). I'd expect a reputable news site to have a better understanding.
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    jankeke , October 24, 2013 6:20 AM
    @ Vorador2

    What would a well specced standard workstation be ?
    I don't know much about those.

    Thanks.
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    infernocy , October 24, 2013 6:22 AM
    i can go to pcspecialist.co.uk website and can built a custom laptop or pc that can blow this to space for the same price ... these are just some really horrible prices
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    Spanky Deluxe , October 24, 2013 6:46 AM
    @infernocy

    Really? The closest specced workstation with xeons and dual workstation graphics I can put together on pcspecialist.co.uk is about the same in cost yet has a 10% slower GPU, less RAM, smaller SSD. For the hardware that is in that new Mac Pro, it is a good price. Especially when you factor in engineering costs. It was similar with the 2006 and 2008 Mac Pro models, they were cheaper for the components than rivals or even building your own. Not true for the Nehalem level machines but it looks to be true again with these variants. Remember, these are workstations with workstation grade processors and graphics cards. Dell's closest competitor workstation machines (i.e. T7600) cost considerably more for a similar specced model (about £2900 after VAT).
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2013 7:07 AM
    Dear Mac Pro,

    Please stop raping me.

    Regards,
    My Wallet
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    Brian Schonewille , October 24, 2013 9:33 AM
    You could build your own PC that would slaughter the mac for way cheaper and you can upgrade it in the future with ease, not having to pay the fruit store absurd prices for proprietary overpriced hardware. But I don't think it's meant for people who know how to build their own computer. It looks " pretty " so people will but it because apple looks nice and nothing could ever be better. Sure you can expand it with thunderbolt but that is too expensive, on top of your 3g's plus.
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    eodeo , October 24, 2013 5:07 PM
    I'm so glad that Mac OS is the way it is and therefore I don't need it for anything.

    The hardware choice here is questionable and the price is outrageous.

    Tully, an Apple product by any measure.
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    falchard , October 24, 2013 7:57 PM
    Don't you guys understand, this Mac Pro isn't about anything ludicrous like Productivity. Its a design element to pull your office together. So don't compare it to the far more useful boxes of awesomeness most of us use for work.