Apple released its refreshed design Mac Pro desktops on Thursday, with entry-level models costing £2,499.
The new Mac Pro models, which are available now to preorder for January dispatch, extend to custom options and were released in a teaser this summer. That was followed by the official word in the autumn and, as promised, the Mac Pro was released in December.
Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said: "The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it.
"The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous-generation Mac Pro."
The hardware options on the Mac Pro vary and the most expensive, non-custom version costs £3,299. For that you get dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Custom machines allow users to select AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM and up to 64GB of memory.
The Mac Pro may find a natural home in the entertainment and creative industries, thanks to its support for 4K video and rendering.
Early user Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry, said: "With the Mac Pro's dual workstation-class GPUs, we've seen Mari run five times faster, creating a fluid painting experience that's unlike anything we've seen. This kind of performance is a digital artist's dream."
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