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Apple's Slick Cylindrical Mac Pro Now (Somewhat) Available

By Seth Fitzgerald
December 18, 2013 10:50AM

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The new design of Apple's Mac Pro's is something that is entirely unique and one of the biggest selling points for the new computer. Not only is Apple's new Mac Pro lighter (11 pounds) than its predecessor, it also features a unique cylindrical design that comes in at a height of 9.9 inches.
 

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Staying true to its original promise, Apple will release its new Mac Pro on Thursday, which will allow the tech giant to come out with the computer before its end-of-the-year deadline. The computer, which starts at $3,000, is a completely redesigned version of its predecessor. But with extra customization options, customers could pay well over its base retail price.

On Thursday, Apple will finally allow customers to order the computer in retail stores, online, and through authorized resellers. Even though it is quite possible to build a faster computer with less money, the Mac Pro's design is something that is entirely unique and is one of the biggest selling points for the new computer.

Nothing Like the Original

Unlike the previous Mac Pro, which was heavy, bulky, and not visually appealing, this Mac Pro is actually something that consumers may want to purchase even if they do not need its power. "Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory," according to Apple's Wednesday press release.

Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro during its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) earlier this year and since then, rumors have continuously come out regarding how the final version would look and perform. Not only is this device lighter (11 pounds) than its predecessor, it also features a unique cylindrical design that comes in at a height of 9.9 inches.

During WWDC, Apple executive Phil Schiller considered the Mac Pro to be the future of desktop computing. He also used its unique design as a way to show that Apple has not lost its ability to innovate.

Is It Worth It?

While there are some people with deep pockets who will buy the new Mac Pro just for its unique design, the average consumer will need a more significant reason to shell out $3,000 for a computer when there are a plethora of sub-$1000 PCs that will work just fine in most use scenarios.

The base model includes a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, two AMD FirePro workstation GPUs,12GB of memory, and 256GB of flash storage. Although the processor is nothing special, the Mac Pro's dual FirePro GPUs are definitely great for video work. As a result of the extra GPU power, the computer is capable of powering three 4K displays, especially important for businesses.

Working professionals will definitely benefit from the new Mac Pro's GPU and CPU power and with Apple's focus on RAM, the computer will be able to handle just about any video editing task that a user could throw at it. It has been estimated that a comparable Windows PC would cost at least a few hundred dollars less, but OS X enthusiasts will likely take advantage of what the Mac Pro has to offer.
 

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dollartiggy:

Posted: 2013-12-28 @ 2:38am PT
How about a picture that actually shows what a "cylindrical" computer in use looks like?

lillo:

Posted: 2013-12-28 @ 1:52am PT
It's a great trash bin! Are you kidding me with 3k I can get some top quality hardware!





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