Apple Formally Introduces the Mac Pro along with New MacBook Pros with Retina Display
Today's Apple event was supposed all about the iPad, but Apple also took time to address the Mac. To begin, the Mac Pro now has a price as well as a shipping date. In addition, we also know what kind of hardware it will pack under its shiny aluminum chassis.
The Mac Pro will be powered by the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors and will be available in quad, 6, 8 and 12-core configurations with up to a whopping 30MB of L3 cache and can be paired with up to 64GB of fast 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory. Dual workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs will come as standard.
The Mac Pro will ship this December with prices beginning from S$4288. At this price, you will get a Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB DRAM, Dual AMD FirePro D300 and a 256GB SSD. A more powerful 6-core configuration is available at S$5688.
You can view both models and their configurations at the Apple Store.
As expected, Apple also announced new MacBook Pro with Retina display models that will be powered by the new fourth generation Intel "Haswell" Core processors.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is now thinner and lighter, weighing just over 1.5kg and is just 18mm thick. Apart from receiving a processor upgrade, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will also benefit from faster PCIe-based flash, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. The resolution remains the same at 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will also be affordable than its predecessor with prices starting at S$1788 (previously it was S$1988) for a model that has a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also gets a processor update and will feature Haswell models with Iris Pro graphics. For users who need more graphics horsepower, models with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics are available too. In addition, the 15-inch models will also receive PCIe-based flash memory updates, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. Like the 13-inch model, the resolution is unchanged at 2880 x 1800 pixels.
The 15-inch model will also have a lower price, costing S$2788 (previously it was S$2988).
The full list of models and their configurations are available at the Apple Store.