Apple to Ship New Mac Pro in December Starting at $2,999 [Updated Specs]

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SAN FRANCISCO - Apple announced on Tuesday that it will ship its new Mac Pro model in December with a starting price of US$2,999. The company made the announcement during the "We still have a lot to cover" media event.

Apple announced the new Mac Pro during June's World Wide Developer Conference, and Tuesday's media event included new details on specs, the rough shipping date, and additional specs.

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Mac Pro - Back

New Mac Pro - Back

Apple is listing the Mac Pro in two base configurations. The entry-level device starts at $2,999 and includes a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, Dual FirePro D300 video cards with 2GB of VRAM each, and 256GB of Flash storage.

This model is upgradable to a 3.5GHz 6-core processor, a 3.0GHz 8-core processor, or a 2.7GHz 12-core processor. You can also upgrade the FirePro video cards to the FirePro D500 with 3GB of VRAM each or the FirePro D700 with 6GB of VRAM each.

For $3,999, you get 3.5GHz a 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each, and 256GB of Flash storage.

This model is upgradable to a 3.0GHz 8-core processor, or a 2.7GHz 12-core processor. The video card is upgradable to the D700, as noted above.

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Mac  Pro - Insides

Mac Pro - Inside

We should note that there is essentially one model of Mac Pro with a bunch of upgrade options. Starting with the entry level $2,999 model still allows you to get the same high-end configurations you can get starting with the $3,999 model.

Storage on either model is upgradable to either 512GB or 1TB, and both models can be upgraded to 32GB or 64GB of RAM.

Apple hasn't specified a shipping date, but said it will be available in December. The company has not included pricing for the specific upgrades mentioned above save for the starting prices of the base configurations.



Sounds right.

This answered a lot of my questions, but I still need to see real-world performance before I consider choosing one of these over the 17” CTO iMac

Bryan Chaffin

KitsuneStudios, I also want to see how much the upgrade options cost.


As I observed on John’s ‘Insights’ column, there is, in my opinion, an uncanny resemblance between the new Mac Pro and the nacelles on the Enterprise, that just screams warp speed and power on this thing. It just looks fast standing still.

I can come up with over a dozen plausible reasons why I should get one, none of which are compelling for me personally or professionally (although team members are another question) and am finding it hard to not simply discard ‘compelling’ and go with ‘plausible’.

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