Apple’s New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Go on Sale

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Hardware with 14 Comments

It’s been a long time coming, but Apple’s latest and greatest Mac Pro is finally available for purchase. First announced at WWDC this year, the company’s new Mac Pro can now be purchased for a whopping $5,999.

For that price, you are getting a lot of power. The entry-level model of the device comes with an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, AMD Radeon Pro 580X GPU, 32GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

The new Mac Pro is meant to be very modular, so that would make upgrading certain parts really easy down the line. The device’s price can go up really quickly as you configure it, though. The highest-end Mac Pro, for example, can cost you — wait for it– $52,599. Yep, that’s fifty-two thousand and six hundred dollars. For that, you can get a 28-core Intel Xeon W processor, two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, 4TB SSD storage, and 1.5TB DDR4 EEC memory. It’s wild.

Along with the Mac Pro, Apple’s new Pro Display XDR is going on sale today, too. And that’s not cheap either. At $4,999, Apple’s 32-inch 6K monitor is easily one of the most expensive displays out there. And if you want Apple’s fancy new nano-texture glass, you will have to pay an additional $1,000.

But wait, that will only just get you the monitor — without a stand. So if you actually want to use the display, you would have to pay a crazy $999 for the “Pro” stand or $199 for the VESA mount adapter.

So yes, if you have the money for Apple’s crazy expensive Mac Pro, you can get one here. And the Pro Display XDR can be purchased here. They ship within 2-3 weeks.

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14 responses to “Apple’s New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Go on Sale”

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    skolvikings

    Too bad those aren't affiliate links. You could retire if a couple of readers purchased one of those. :) To be fair on the pricing, while I'm sure there's the typical Apple markup, these rigs are for professional use such as commercial video rendering, etc. You wouldn't need anything near that powerful for photography, gaming, or general office needs.

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      wunderbar

      In reply to Skolvikings:

      Yeah, especially at the very high end of the configurations this is not something for normal people, or prosumers, or even most professionals.


      The higher end configurations of the Mac Pro will be bought by companies like Disney, and machines like that is what they'll make movies on.

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    VancouverNinja

    Just buy a fully loaded Windows 10 Desktop - Windows 10 and Adobe > OSX and Adobe.


    The entry level Mac Pro comes with only 32gb and 256 of storage? Why would you even offer this unacceptable level of specs on a workhorse machine? Our graphic artists have 64gb and 1TB or 2TB drives on their iMacs and they are not working on Movies...

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    MikeGalos

    And don't forget the extra $400 if you want wheels rather than feet at the bottom of the system unit.


    And note this isn't $100/wheel. It's $100/wheel ABOVE the cost of the feet since they delete the feet if you order the wheel upgrade.

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    Saarek

    The pricing is only "crazy" to ordinary people who have no need for a machine like this. For the niche market of professionals who actually need a machine like this it's extremely good value.


    The same goes with the stand on the monitor. Sure Apple has a very healthy markup on it, but it's not just a cheap piece of inert plastic either and most of the Pro's buying this monitor will have no need of the stand.


    The Data Science team in my company is looking very closely at this machine, I believe they are planning to purchase 4 units to go along with their iMac Pro's. When you are modelling data with multi terabytes of data a machine like this makes complete sense.


    I'm jealous, I'm a data analyst but am not in their team and have to make do with a crummy Dell Laptop. Admittedly I don't really need more than the i7 model with 16gb Ram that I have, but I'd love one of those iMac Pro's instead.

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      VancouverNinja

      In reply to Saarek:

      If you are modeling data buy a Windows 10 PC and save the money. Apple for data modeling makes no sense at all.

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        Saarek

        In reply to VancouverNinja:

        Our servers are Linux based. They have found that Mac OS, which is Unix based, is quicker in its interaction and suits their needs better than a Windows setup. They did trial Linux, but found the productivity dropped as the science team are used to Mac OS and so went back. The cost saving at this level was negligible at best anyway.


        Nothing against Windows 10, or the Dell notebook I’ve been given to work with.


        But then I’m not playing with datasets that are terabytes in size.

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      illuminated

      In reply to Saarek:

      "Purchase 4 units to go along with their iMac Pros" looks like style issue. My monitor does not match my jeans. I should get a new monitor :)

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        Saarek

        In reply to illuminated:


        You obviously have no comprehension of the type of work that these machines are used for.


        The iMac Pro, along with the new Mac Pro offer excellent value for money in the niche market that they are aimed at.


        Try and price out a genuine competing machine, you’ll find the Apple is frequently cheaper in this market.


        This machine, and others like it are not for you, they’re sadly not even for me. But for my colleagues that use them to their full potential, well for those people these machines are tools that make their work faster.

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      nbplopes

      In reply to Saarek:


      I agree with you. Yet I must say that the approach to marketing these products is superficial if not frivolous.


      I would understand the marketing coming out with data scientists, actual award winning movie making teams, neuroscientists, musicians sampling hundreds of instruments in realtime , high performance software development, space research, AI so on and so forth.


      But they instead put a bunch of youtubers along with nail polish, puppy dogs, hue lights, good looking studio spaces and their Tesla vehicles whose aim is to reduce their video rendering time a few minutes, or to check how well it grates cheese ...


      I guess that its the TC level of understanding how to change the world.


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    illuminated

    Wouldn't it be insanely cheaper just buying some AWS or Azure time as needed?

    I pay a few bucks for half a day of the 140GB 20-core machine on Azure or AWS. For 50K I would drown in CPU cores and memory for couple of years.

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      Saarek

      In reply to illuminated:


      For many use cases that may well suffice. The systems in our Data Science team are effectively running 24/7 365 days a year and it's not an option them.


      Factor in the time required to upload and then download the data sets, security risk of it going to the cloud, etc, and it's not cheaper for our usage case.


      The amount of the computer market that truly needs systems like this is incredibly small. Most Professional users would never use the power of something like this, but for those that do need it this is an amazing machine that offers real bang for buck.


      I know, the idea of Apple offering a product, any product, that offers value for money and is competitive in the given market is not something people are used to, but with this machine it really is good value.

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