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Apple finally unveils new Mac Pro and updates the Mac Studio

By Kenny Yeo - on 6 Jun 2023, 5:19am

Apple finally unveils new Mac Pro and updates the Mac Studio

Behold, the new Mac Pro.

Apple has finally unveiled the Mac Pro. On any other day, this would have been big news, but it's understandably overshadowed by the Vision Pro headset.

It doesn't look all that different from its predecessor, which was launched way back at WWDC 2019. It has what has become widely referred to as the "cheese grater" design, which is supposed to improve cooling.

Inside, it's finally running Apple Silicon. All Mac Pros will come with Apple's most powerful M2 Ultra chip with 24 CPU cores and 60 GPU cores. Users who demand more graphics performance can spec their Mac Pro with an M2 Ultra chip that has 72 GPU cores. The maximum memory possible is 192GB and the maximum possible storage is an 8TB SSD.

The M2 Ultra chip in the top left is massive. Note also the PCIe expansion slots at the bottom right.

What makes the Mac Pro stand out is its expandability. It has six PCIe 4.0 expansion slots – two x16 and four x8 slots. Apple says professionals can use the slots with dedicated DSP cards, serial digital interface I/O cards, or to further expand networking and storage.

In terms of ports, the Mac Pro has eight USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. There are two on the top panel and the other six are at the back. On top of that, it has three USB-A ports and two "higher-bandwidth" HDMI ports that can output at up to 8K and 240Hz frame rates.

The new updated Mac Studio.

For professionals who do not need the expansion slots or perhaps something more compact, Apple has updated the Mac Studio. It's now powered by the newer M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips.

That right, you can outfit the Mac Studio with the same range-topping M2 Ultra chip with 24 CPU cores and 72 GPU cores as the Mac Pro. Maximum memory and maximum storage are the same at 192GB and 8TB respectively.

Physically, the updated Mac Studio looks identical to the model it replaces. There are two USB-C ports on the front as well as an SD card reader. Behind, there are four USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, a 10Gb Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones.


Pricing and availability

The Mac Pro and Mac Studio will be available to pre-order starting 9 June.

Prices of the Mac Pro start at S$9,999 while prices of the Mac Studiovstart at S$2,999.


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