Apple seems to be pretty shy these days. Only a couple of days ago, the computer giant slashed £50 from its Mac Mini desktop computer without a by your leave. And now it has drafted a brand new Mac Pro Server into its online shop with a similar lack of fanfare.
Maybe the executives over in Cupertino believe that their reported $51billion stash of cash and shares is enough and no longer want to generate any more money. Whatever the reason, shoppers on the UK Apple site today were offered the Mac Pro Server for the princely sum of £2,399.
The reason for the new server? Apple will be taking its older server, the XServe, out of commission from January 31 next – something else that failed to get much attention from the PR gurus over at Apple. However what Apple has come up with is a transition guide for all those people struggling to deal with the transition from the XServe to the Mac Pro (though this has only appeared on the US site so far.)
January 31 may be the final day you can buy the rack-mountable XServe, but support will continue so that all warranties and extended service programmes will be honoured – which is nice.
The replacement server – the Mac Pro – is £542 cheaper than the XServe which is retailing at £2,941 while still available. The Mac Pro is equipped with a single 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon 'Nehalem' processor, 8GB (4 x 2GB) of DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a pair of 1TB (7200RPM) hard drives, one 18x SuperDrive, ATI's Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 video memory and Mac OS X Server. Clear? Good and the Mac Pro will be ready to ship in two to four weeks.