An Apple device is always a beauty to behold. They are always designed in a slightly different way, completely different from the conventional PC that we are used to. A Mac desktop device is supposed to look like a foreign object landing on your desk, or floor. From solid block of aluminium, to the trash can look; a Mac Pro is supposed to be a professional’s best friend on the desk. Oh, they are supposed to be able to carry them and move them around too for some reason. That explains the handle looking things on one of the previous Mac Pro towers.
Apple Mac Pro – Most Powerful “Cheese Grater In The World
The handle makes a comeback in the new Mac Pro revealed in Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference 2019 (WWDC 2019). Instead of two thin aluminium strips that extends and connects one side panel to the other though, the new one is a glossy metal bar that protrudes out from the chassis. We are getting to the “cheese grater” part, be patient.
The new Mac Pro goes back to a traditional tower design, with handle bars sticking out of the top of the tower case, and metal legs with platforms as the base of the case. Somehow, we believe that lifting it off the ground a little more helps with cooling. That metal legs though can be swapped out for wheels that screws in if you need to move it around across your office floor.
The main case is the highlight of the show though. There is no chintzy looking window to display the powerful internals. There is not fancy LED lighting to show off the case. There is not even a glimpse of what the inside of the Apple Mac Pro look like. Instead, you get a face full of holes, with more holes in the inner layer; “cheese grater”. There are more holes at the back of the Mac Pro.
The holes are not for show though. The holes are basically ventilation openings designed to increase the average air intake through the front. The holes creates the minimum resistance possible within the aluminium slab while maintaining a safe case rigidity. The holes at the back too are supposed to dispose off any hot air from the inside with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
Heat will be an issue with this professional grade Mac Pro though. It packs up to an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores. That is supported by a high-performance memory system with up to 1.5TB of RAM across the 12 DIMM slots. There are two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs for options too if you need the power. There are eight extra PCIe expansion slot if you need anything extra on the Mac Pro. If you ever need to add anything to the Apple Mac Pro, you simply pull a D handle on top of the chassis, and remove the case by twisting the D handle and lifting away the skin to reveal its internals.
All this power just means that the Apple Mac Pro for 2019 eats 8K videos with 3D animations for breakfast and spits it out as a ready product even before lunch time starts. There is more on the Mac Pro than meets the eye too. The Apple Mac Pro features something they call an Afterburner. The Afterburner can decode up to 6.3 billion pixels in real time if you ever need to work around ProRes RAW files.
Apple Pro Display XDR – 6K Retina Magic
A powerful desktop is nothing without a suitable monitor. Creating videos and editing photos require a good monitor anyway, with the highest resolution available to them as possible. That is the Apple Pro Display XDR to the Apple Mac Pro tower.
Let us start with the basics. The Apple Pro Display XDR measures at 32-inch. It pushes out 6K in resolution (6,016 x 3,384 pixels) and they call it the Retina display. There are more than 20 million pixels embedded into the 32-inch the new Retina display boasts.
It boasts a P3 colour gamut. That also means that the colours on this beastly thing should be a lot more accurate than anything else in the market. That is a very important thing when you work with a lot of photos or videos, especially in colour correcting.
To really work on the Pro Display XDR into fine details, the display can bring its brightness up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and sustain that brightness over long periods of time. That is also thanks to the clever thermal system out the back that resembles the Apple Mac Pro’s front and back. Thanks to the brightness boost too, the contrast ration is up to 1,000,000:1 making it easy to differentiate details in the dark parts of an image.
Of course, bezels are smaller than small at 9mm. It is practically non-existent. The smaller borders too help it look smaller than it should be, less imposing on the desk. With the Pro Stand too, the Pro Display XDR can be rotated to a portrait layout to suit any sort of editing purposes. You can pair up to six Pro Display XDR displays with the Mac Pro via Thunderbolt 3 cable; if you can afford them.
Price and Availability
The brand-new “cheese grater’ Mac Pro will start at US$ 5,999 (MYR 25,035.70*) while the Pro Display XDR goes at US$ 4,999 (MYR 20,864.24*). Pro Display XDR does not come with a stand of its own though. To get a Pro Stand you need to fork out an extra US$ 999 (MYR 4,169.51*). The VESA mount adapter for the Retina display sets you back US$ 199 (MYR 830.54*). The amazing Apple Mac line-up will be available for orders in fall, 2019 (somewhere in September). More information for the Apple Mac line-up available in their Mac Pro and Pro Display website.
*Approximate value based on conversion rate US% 1 = MYR 4.17 on 4th June, 2019