Apple’s New Mac Pro Starts at $2999


Apple launched its new Mac Pro today after teasing it earlier this year. The Mac Pro packs a powerful punch into a cylinder chassis that’s often been compared to a coffee maker.

The base model features an Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core processor at 3.7GHz, 12GB DDR3 ECC RAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage  and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (at 2GB VRAM each). The Mac Pro offers six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, dual Gigabit ethernet ports and an HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port. All models will power up to three 4K displays simultaneously.

This base unit starts at $2999 and can be configured with higher specs at the processor, RAM, storage and GPU levels. As a comparison, the previous, base 4-core Mac Pro remains available for less than $2200 at the moment. A quick glance at the specs, however, reveals just how much is missing from the older machine.

Apple Mac Pro Ports

The higher-end model features all the same connectivity options, but steps up to a base configuration with a 3.5GHz 6-core Xeon E5 processor (configurable up to 12-core), 16GB RAM (up to 64GB) and dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs (at 3GB VRAM each). The high-end model starts at $3999.

The new Mac Pro ships in December. Apple’s online configurator for the new machines isn’t up yet, but you can bet that you’ll be able to build one well above the starting price tags when it goes online.

For now, you can read more on the specs of the new Mac Pro here on Apple’s website.