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Apple Shows Off Next-Gen Mac Pro: Big, Black & Cylindrical

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 46 comments

The new Mac Pro is a radical departure.

For a while, the Mac Pro was the most neglected of Apple's entire line up. As the computer company was seemingly leaning further and further to the consumer electronics line of phones and tablets, professionals who preferred Apple workstations were beginning to wonder if they had been forgotten.

Today at WWDC, Apple gave a preview of the next Mac Pro, and its design is as radical as the "cube" Mac. It's all glossy black and is cylindrical in shape. Phil Schiller called the center of the design a "thermal core". While that is a fancy term that Apple loves to throw around, the cooling solution is pretty innovative. The center part of the casing is made of a three-sided heatsink, where each side cools the entire length of each PCB. Then, a single large fan pulls the hot air upwards and outwards.

 

The entire casing is 9.9-inches tall, 6.6-inches wide, and inside are next generation Xeon processors (up to 12 cores), dual AMD FirePro GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage, and ECC memory.

In another move to bring manufacturing back to the USA, the Mac Pro will be assembled right in Apple's home country.

“With the latest Xeon processors, dual FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “All this performance and expandability is packed into a dramatic new design that’s one-eighth the volume, and best of all, it will be assembled here in the USA.”

No pricing was announced, and availability was only shared to be later this year.

For a look at the design, check out Apple's presentation-style webpage here.

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    themissingpiece , June 10, 2013 5:33 PM
    I personally think it looks kinda cool, but damn, that's gonna be impossible to upgrade.
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    Cazalan , June 10, 2013 5:30 PM
    Computer or sub woofer?
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    themissingpiece , June 10, 2013 5:33 PM
    I personally think it looks kinda cool, but damn, that's gonna be impossible to upgrade.
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    fat_panda , June 10, 2013 5:35 PM
    I'll probably accidentally throw away my banana peel that thing.
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    dtemple , June 10, 2013 5:40 PM
    Looks like a modern-style garbage can. It's probably going to be awesome, it just looks different.
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    SneakySnake , June 10, 2013 5:51 PM
    They said in the presentation it's more upgradable then the last Mac Pro
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    nevilence , June 10, 2013 6:12 PM
    There is a fine line between awesome innovation and retarded design, this mac will walk that line everyday of its life...
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    milktea , June 10, 2013 6:14 PM
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    Computer or sub woofer?

    Good idea! I guess Apple could just include a 6" sub into the case.
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    SneakySnake , June 10, 2013 6:42 PM
    They said in the presentation it's more upgradable then the last Mac Pro
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    rad666 , June 10, 2013 6:45 PM
    Though it's a Mac (Apple), and I would never overpay for one, I like the design...and the horse power.
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    rrr1431 , June 10, 2013 6:52 PM
    From a design standpoint it looks really nice and unique. I'm no Apple fan and I never use Mac computers but based on design alone, Apple computers are very clean and appealing to the eye.
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    wolley74 , June 10, 2013 7:16 PM
    PCIe flash, uses mSATA port... uhhhm wat?
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    Rur , June 10, 2013 7:25 PM
    I'm surprised it's not white.
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    J-Zillah , June 10, 2013 7:27 PM
    Looks good and I think the idea of the whole case being one wind tunnel makes sense.
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    rwinches , June 10, 2013 7:32 PM
    Oh, i'm sorry man, I thought it was an ashtray.
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    MasterMace , June 10, 2013 7:40 PM
    Looks like a bomb.
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    SirTrollsALot , June 10, 2013 7:45 PM
    "... and best of all, it will be assembled here in the USA.” Does that include the pcb boards? Doesn't look like any modified ATX case... Kinda reminds me of those old cigerrette ash tray cans you use to see back in the day...
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    digiex , June 10, 2013 8:45 PM
    After Jobs, Apple's designs are all garbage.
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    sundragon , June 10, 2013 9:33 PM
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    After Jobs, Apple's designs are all garbage.


    LOL, is that what you do for a living? Are you an industrial designer? Can you please post the box you built at home with 12 cores?
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    sundragon , June 10, 2013 9:33 PM
    It looks like the Genesis Device!
    Almost as much hardware - I love the triple sided motherboard, the thing is tiny for what it packs.
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    billgatez , June 10, 2013 9:37 PM
    It looks cool. But how cool will it run? That is allot of hardware for one fan and heat sink to keep cool.
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