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Apple provides a glimpse at the new Mac Pro

Apple today provided a glimpse at the long awaited update to its fastest computer the Mac Pro, Apple’s Xeon-based workstation. The announcement came during Apple’s WWDC conference in San Francisco. 

The latest Mac Pro, which will be built in the US, will feature a brand new desktop architecture that is optimised for performance. Boasting Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 processors the Mac Pro can have up to 12 core configurations and deliver double the floating point performance of its predecessor. 

AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs provide the graphics grunt while the Mac Pro also features PCIe-based flash storage and  four-channel ECC DDR3 memory running at 1866 MHz. These upgrades make the new Mac Pro 250% faster than before and provide it with 7 teraflops of compute power.

“With the latest Xeon processors, dual FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “All this performance and expandability is packed into a dramatic new design that’s one-eighth the volume, and best of all, it will be assembled here in the USA.”

With six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each of which can support six additional devices, the Apple Mac Pro is the most expandable Mac ever built and also supports 4K displays.

Apple also announced OS X Mavericks today, a brand new version of its operating system.

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