Though Apple might be best known for its iPhones and laptops, Steve Jobs originally started the company to make desktops. The company’s highly anticipated Mac Pro and accompanying Pro Display XDR are set to debut this month. With powerhouse specs and hardware, there is a lot to be excited about.
Originally, Apple announced the products at WWDC 2019 in June. After a nearly six month wait, the company has finally revealed when orders for the new desktop and monitor will be available. Consumers can place theirs beginning December 10.
When the new Mac Pro was first announced, Apple claimed that it would be available this fall. Technically, it is living up to that promise. Though snow is already blanketing many parts of the United States, winter doesn’t technically begin until December 21. As such, the December 10 date to begin placing orders does land in the fall 2019 window.
The announcement came via email to Apple customers and was quickly pointed out by many users on Twitter.
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) December 8, 2019
Despite the news about orders being available soon, when Mac Pro desktops will actually start shipping is less clear. There will undoubtedly be a massive surge in orders when they open up on Tuesday. Due to that, some sort of delay in shipping will likely follow. Users who order custom configurations of the machine will also add to the setbacks. Of course, we don’t blame those who do so. With a tempting array of features and builds, the Mac Pro promises to be a tremendous computer.
Fortunately, it appears that Apple is still hoping to ship (or at least start shipping) the desktop and monitor in December. A report from MacRumors in November suggests that this is still the case. The timeline of previous Mac Pro generations also supports the assumption. Both the 2013 and 2017 models shipped on December 18 and December 14 respectively.
Tailored for High-End Performance
While those looking for a high-end machine will find the Mac Pro to be very appealing, those with a small budget will be left looking for other options. An entry-level version of the new desktop will retail for a whopping $5,999. Of course, this isn’t that surprising for an Apple product.
Though the Mac Pro is arguably overpriced thanks to the Apple logo on its side, the desktop’s internal features are impressive. It boasts an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU alongside a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card. Both of those will cut through rendering and computing tasks like 3D modeling and AI creation with no problem.
Meanwhile, the Mac Pro features a 256GB SSD and 32GB of RAM memory. For the price, it would have been nice to see a substantially larger hard drive. Even the Surface Pro 7 2-in-1 has a 1TB option for less than half of the Mac Pro’s price. As a desktop machine built to handle high-resolution photo and editing tasks the small SSD will be full in no time.
On the display side, the accompanying Pro Display XDR is even more controversial. Starting at $4,999 itself, the monitor also requires the purchase of a $999 stand. It features a 32-inch, Retina 6K LCD screen with extremely thin 9mm bezels. Though the display is geared towards media professionals, paying the same price for a monitor as a desktop seems a little extravagant.
Nonetheless, those with the money to spend can order their Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR starting December 10.