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Mac Pro pricing and availability announced; $2,999 in December

updated 02:11 pm EDT, Tue October 22, 2013

Mac Pro to begin shipping this December

Apple's Phil Schiller took time during today's presentation to provide new information on the updated Mac Pro. We now know that the Mac Pro will start at $2999 for the basic configuration, which features a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of DRAM and dual FirePro D300 GPUs, and will begin shipping this December.

First shown at this year's WWDC in San Francisco, the Mac Pro features a unique new "canister" form factor and is based on new Intel Xeon processors. Expanding on the base configuration, customers will also be able to expand the DRAM up to 64GB while the SSD tops out at 1TB, however, pricing information for these upgrades has yet to be announced. Connectivity wise the 2013 Mac Pro will feature three USB 3 ports, six of the new Thunderbolt 2 ports, a 2GB Ethernet port, HDMI, and 802.11ac networking capabilities.

In addition to announcing pricing and availability, Apple also announced that new versions of both Final Cut Pro and Aperture that support 4k resolutions and other feature unique to the new Mac Pro are currently in the works.



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  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: 11-15-06

    $2999! Apple, you are killing me.

  1. OldMacGeek

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    Joined: 08-04-10

    Yikes! I guess I'll hang onto my 8-core Mac Pro for Final Cut Pro editing a bit longer . . .

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: 11-15-06

    Get this: Keyboard and mouse sold separately for the new Mac Pro. Thank goodness it comes with power cord!

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: 11-15-06

    This new MacPro has no CD/DVD drive. Current Apple USB SuperDrive's cable is too short for any Mac Pro.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Honestly, Coffeetime, what price did you expect for these specs? I'm surprised it's as CHEAP as it is!

  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: 08-15-02

    ...the design seems pure genius...
    How else to push capacity but GPU - developers start your engines...
    4k displays may redefine pro workstation computing...

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: 11-15-06

    @chas_m. No complain about the spec... you pay what you get. This new Mac Pro has a WOW factor on hardware (and design) and also on pricing. I will continue to keep my current soup up Mac Pro for now.... a total of $6000+ investment.

  1. shawnde

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    Joined: 04-01-08

    I realize that the starting price is high, but this is a HIGH-END Workstation. For people who're complaining about the price, just keep in mind a few things: I'm willing to bet a sufficient some of money that the Intel CPU is worth over $1000 in wholesale quantities. Those XEON CPU's can reach upwards of $3000 in wholesale (Apple's pricing). Also just the dual GPU subsystem has got to be worth at least $1000, and the RAM is $500 at the least, so with some basic estimates we're already at $2500 .... what the heck, let's just say $2000 !!! I think the SSD, and extra chips and controllers and enclosure have got to be worth $200-300 .... so the wholesale cost at the factory is around $2300-2500, plus shipping, packaging, etc. I think $2999 is actually a pretty good price !!!!

  1. svencito

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    Joined: 12-12-99

    I'm more worried about the late release date than the price. Is that the result of having it built in the US, rather than in China?

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    What's "late" about it?

  1. reader50

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    Joined: 06-01-00

    December is a tad late for "Spring of 2013".

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    The only timeframe given initially iirc was Tim Cook's "later next year", which is pretty much met.

  1. jdonahoe

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    Joined: 07-05-06

    I'm only disappointed that the wait continues. The ads in the movie theaters said Fall, but December is getting into Winter. The videos they showed had cases being machined, boards being populated, working units in the hands of professionals. How slow is the new manufacturing center in Texas? Maybe they should bring in some of the slave drivers from China. They can get blood from a turnip. I intend to order the basic unit as soon as they've available, which I'm guessing to keep within the Fall time frame, would be December 19th.

  1. msuper69

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    Joined: 01-16-00

    Me likey! Me want one.

  1. Mechanic

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    Joined: 12-11-11

    The article is wrong it has 4 usb 3 ports not 3. About the Xeons that are in this monster Toms Hardware got a 12 core Xeon E5-2697 V2 which is what apple is putting in the top end mac pro and they were told by intel that this processor is $3620.00 Single unit price. Apple's price in mass quantity is going to be somewhere in the neiborhood of $1800 wholesale. So the price on this machine is very low concidering what your getting. People that don't want to pay workstation prices should not complain. You won't find any better deals with dell or hp with these chips and currently they only offer 6 core versions in there workstations.

  1. typesetterX

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    Joined: 10-17-06

    A triumph of technology.
    No moving parts except for the fan which runs at 12 db.

    Sound pressures for comparison:
    Recording studio, whisper conversation is 20 db
    Empty theater, ticking of wristwatch is 10 db

  1. bdmarsh

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    Joined: 02-17-06

    Would have loved a "pro-sumer" version

    Get one out with a Core i7 instead, more consumer level graphics for $1,500-1,999 and I'd buy one.
    Could even reduce it to a single Thunderbolt chip/3 ports.

    At $3,000 with effectively no upgrades possible except officially ram (compared with the previous Mac Pro's, of which mine I've upgraded ram 4 times, hard drives 9 times, video cards 2 times, 2 PCIe cards over time) I just can't see myself buying one.

    For some pro users out there, they will be worth the money.

    I still think Apple would be surprised what kind of halo effect they would get from a mid-range desktop ~ $1,500 (non-iMac) that had 4 ram slots, 2 PCIe slots (spaced to fit 2 video cards potentially), and 2-4 hard drive bays. Get the techy types into the hardware/OS, and they'd be more likely to recommend the OS to family & friends.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    What's left of that market that the iMac isn't covering is dead.

  1. artmark

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    Joined: 11-05-13

    The Macintosh SE was $2898. This thing is $101 more. Ummm. WOW. And people are complaining about it.

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