Apple’s New Mac Pro Could Set You Back $45,000

One accessory cost so much it silenced a crowd of Apple fanboys

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The new MacPro and Pro Display XDR screen (Photos: Apple)
By Kirk Miller / June 4, 2019 12:04 pm

It takes a lot to quiet a crowd of rabid Apple fans.

Announced at its WWDC 2019 event, the soon-to-be-released Mac Pro certainly would give anyone pause. While the base price of the machine is $6000, as the Verge estimates, a top-of-the-line model could cost upwards of $33,700 for the bare minimum setup and up to $45,000 for a more robust system.

And that’s not even including the cost of the $1,000 stand, sold separately, which was so expensive it made the WWDC crowd go completely silent.

Targeted at video editors and creatives, the new MacPro features a 28-core Intel Xeon W processor, 1.5 TB of RAM (this alone will cost around $18K), 4TB of SSD storage and four AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs.

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Arriving this fall, the new MacPro is a complete redesign that’s taken two years to develop. The display — the $5K Pro Display XDR Monitor — was designed to rival monitors that cost tens of thousands of dollars. And the entire machine is built around a stainless steel space frame; the aluminum housing lifts off, allowing 360-degree access to every component and it’s an easier way to configure the system to your liking.

As Ina Fried at Axios writes: “My guess is that over time there will be somewhat less expensive options, though most of Apple’s focus will likely be on adding the latest and greatest to the machine, not in bringing down its price. This one really is for pros.”

You can watch the WWDC keynote address (with all of Apple’s new announcements) here and get a first look at the MacPro here.

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